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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former U.S. counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke, and senior New York Times foreign correspondent John Burns are among guests who will speak at Colby in September and October as part of the fall program of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.

Albright, the first female U.S. secretary of state, worked on Middle East policy and was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the Clinton administration. She will deliver Colby’s third annual Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture on Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Clarke, who served at the National Security Council under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, will deliver the Government Department Goldfarb Lecture on Sunday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Diamond Building’s Ostrove Auditorium. Clarke expressed serious criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of terrorist threats prior to 9/11 in his book Against All Enemies and in his public testimony before the 9/11 Commission.

Burns is London bureau chief for the Times, a post he took in July after serving as Baghdad bureau chief since before the war in Iraq. He will receive the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary doctor of laws degree on Sunday, September 30, at 8 p.m. in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel. Burns, now the London bureau chief for the Times, had to hide from Saddam Hussein’s secret police after escaping arrest in Iraq. Earlier he covered the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The Goldfarb Center will offer a number of additional events this semester to which the community is invited. Among them:

Economic Development in Maine: The Road from Here
Thursday, September 20, 4:30 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Featuring Maine’s Commissioner of Economic and Community Development John Richardson
State(s) of Exception: Territories, Arms and Resources in 20th-century Colombia
Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Featuring Cornell University Professor of History Mary Rolden
On the Use and Abuse of History for Life and Death: Terrorism, National Reconciliation, and the Politics of Amnesty in Contemporary Algeria
Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Featuring University of Nebraska – Lincoln Professor of History James LeSueur

Differing Perspectives on Covering the War in Iraq
Sunday, September 30, 3:30 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
This panel discussion will include award-winning Washington Post photojournalist Andrea Bruce and Bill Nemitz, a Portland Press Herald columnist who twice has been embedded with Maine soldiers in Iraq.

For a complete and up-to-date list of Goldfarb Center events, please visit