Rice guest speaker at PSU

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October 7, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice addresses a crowd of more than 1,000 at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University Thursday night.

Had it not been for a university course and, more specifically, a university professor, Condoleezza Rice might have been on stage at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts Thursday night as a concert pianist instead of as a former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush.

“I had a couple of false starts,” Rice, an accomplished pianist who once had every intention of playing at Carnegie Hall, told the audience of more than 1,000.

A course her junior year in international politics taught by Madeline Albright’s father helped her chart a new path.

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