Colin Powell speaking at UAlbany

colin powellThe former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be the first speaker in UAlbany's "World Within Reach" series on October 10. Powell's talk is titled "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust & Values" -- from the blurb on UAlbany's site:

In a compelling presentation filled with humor and anecdotes from years of service at the highest levels of international affairs, Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, describes the delicate process of forging alliances, bringing people and countries together, and promoting universal human ideals of democracy and peace around the world.

UAlbany's site says "All UAlbany students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are welcome" to the talk at the SEFCU Arena. It's free, but tickets are required. Registration starts Wednesday -- we're not sure exactly yet how you might go about scoring one, but we'll update when we find out.

A visit from Powell isn't cheap. The Albany Student Press reports that it was told his fee is $125,000.

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It's high time that UAlbany attracted some high-caliber guest speakers and lecturers (they also scored some other big names to come to town this autumn through the NYS Writers Institute, including Paul Krugman, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mario Cuomo, and Henry Louis Gates). I'm sure there will be some grumbling about Powell's price tag, but on the whole this is a net positive for the school and the area -- finally bringing a new dimension of cultural and intellectual vibrancy.

Given Powell's close connections to UAlbany and The Writers Institute, I'm surprised they weren't able to cut a better deal.

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