April 30, 2012. 8:00 p.m.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will visit Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus to discuss her new book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, on Monday, April 30. The evening is presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre at MDC and Books & Books. The event is free and open to the public.
Prague Winter takes readers from the capital city of Prague where Albright was born, to London where her family moved following the Nazi invasion in 1939, to the desolate prison ghetto of Terezín. Drawing upon her memory, her parents’ written reflections, interviews with contemporaries and newly-available documents, Albright offers a moving account of this tumultuous period. As she describes her own experience growing up during this period, Albright reflects on the discovery of her family’s Jewish heritage many decades after the war, and the choices that her parents and their generation faced as complicated events unfolded on the world stage. Both a deeply personal memoir and an insightful historical work, Prague Winter presents an intimate portrait of these crucial twelve years and serves as a guide to the future through the lessons of the past.
“I was totally blown away by this book,” said biographer Walter Isaacson about Prague Winter. “It is a breathtaking combination of the historical and the personal. Albright confronts the brutal realities of the Holocaust and the conflicted moral choices it led to. It is an unforgettable tale of fascism and communism, courage and realism, families and heartache and love.”
Albright served as U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, the first woman ever to hold the position. Her distinguished career in government includes positions in the National Security Council, on Capitol Hill, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is currently Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management LLC, and serves as a professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She has visited the Miami Dade College several times with her last visit in 2011 regarding her popular book Read my Pins at which time an exhibition of her pin and brooch collection was held at the college’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower.
The Center for Literature and Theater @ MDC
MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium
300 NE Second Avenue. Building 1, Room 1261
Miami, FL 33132