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Event Recap: Madeleine Albright in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning UCSC alumna Martha Mendoza

By Scott Rappaport | January 28, 2019

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On Feburary 5, 2019 Bookshop Santa Cruz presented an evening with Madeleine Albright, the United States’ first female Secretary of State, who spoke about her book, Fascism: A Warning, a personal and urgent examination of fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world. This ticketed event took place at the Kaiser Permanente Arena and was cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz and Temple Beth El. It was the largest event ever put on by Bookshop Santa Cruz and Secretary Albright spoke to a sold out crowd of 3000.

Of all the unanswered questions of our time, declared George Orwell in 1944, perhaps the most important is, What is fascism? Madeleine Albright has an answer: not as an explanation of the past, but as a warning for the present. As she shows with insight, humor, and personal storytelling, fascism not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II.

Written by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.

Madeleine Albright served as America’s sixty-fourth Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also includes positions at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Madam Secretary, The Mighty and the Almighty, Memo to the President, and Read My Pins.

Event Photos by Shmuel Thaler:

 

News coverage of the event:

Santa Cruz Sentinel – Article by Nicholas Ibarra

City on a Hill Press – Article by Gillian McFerren

UCSC News – Article by Dan White

Pre-event coverage:

Originally posted on UCSC News – article by Scott Rappaport

Madeleine Albright, the first United States female Secretary of State, will speak about her new book, Fascism: A Warning–in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and UC Santa Cruz alumna Martha Mendoza–on Tuesday, February 5, at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz.

The book is a personal examination of fascism in the recent past and how its legacy shapes today’s world. It shows how fascism has not only endured through the 20th century, but now presents a more dangerous threat to peace and justice than at any other time since the end of World War II.

Albright served as America’s 64th Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, and her career also includes additional positions at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Her previous books include the New York Times bestsellers Madam SecretaryThe Mighty and the AlmightyMemo to the President, and Read My Pins.

This event is presented by Bookshop Santa and is co-sponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz (THI).

“At The Humanities Institute, we are committed to engaging with anyone interested in compelling ideas and making sense of this increasingly complex world,” noted THI director Irena Polic. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Bookshop Santa Cruz on bringing Madeleine Albright to our community.”

“Bookshop owner Casey and I started working together years ago believing that together we really are stronger,” said Polic. “Our partnership allows us to leverage our networks and resources to bring speakers to our town that neither one of us would be able to attract on our own.”

“It is especially wonderful that we were able to get Martha Mendoza, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a UC Santa Cruz alumna, to be in conversation with Ms. Albright,” she added. “I am very much looking forward to their conversation on February 5th.”

Tickets are $23 and include one general admission ticket to the event, plus a pre-signed paperback copy of Fascism: A Warning. All books will be distributed at the venue.

(NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Should any tickets be returned by current ticket holders, they will automatically become available for resale at Brown Paper Tickets. The only way to currently acquire tickets is to check Brown Paper Tickets periodically for availability).