Colleen Sharkey | February 20, 2019
The University of Notre Dame’s International Security Center (NDISC) and Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, together with Common Ground Committee and BridgeND (a chapter of BridgeUSA), will host former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and John Kerry at a March 19 forum titled “Finding Common Ground on America’s Role in the World” at Leighton Concert Hall at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
The forum will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will be moderated by Howard LaFranchi, diplomacy correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. The event is free and open to the public but requires ticket reservations.
“We look forward to a fascinating and productive conversation between Secretaries Rice and Kerry, two experienced leaders in American foreign policy,” said Christina Wolbrecht, professor of political science and director of the Rooney Center. “The Rooney Center and our partners are delighted to bring this unique and exciting dialogue to Notre Dame to educate and inform the campus community, as well as contribute to pressing national policy debates.”
In 2014, then Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled the official portrait of former secretary Rice — a Notre Dame alumna — at a White House ceremony that the Associated Press called “a rare display of bipartisan civility.” With many studies and surveys showing that the U.S. population has become more politically divided, civil discourse has taken a hit.
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