Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Speak at UConn

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York. (Official photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York. (Official photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York, will deliver keynote remarks at UConn’s 2014 Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum, a program designed to bring scholars and leaders to the University of Connecticut.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s remarks, which will be followed by a Q and A session, will be held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on UConn’s Storrs campus on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. This event will mark the first time Secretary Clinton has visited UConn.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Secretary Clinton to our campus,” UConn President Susan Herbst said. “I know the entire University community is excited about this event.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service. Her “smart power” approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a Pacific power, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening, and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East.

Earlier, as First Lady and Senator from New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy, and opportunities for women and girls. Clinton also worked to provide health care to millions of children, create jobs and opportunity, and support first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero. In her historic campaign for President, Clinton won 18 million votes.

The program is sponsored by the Fusco family of New Haven as part of the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum, which brings scholars, leaders, and policy makers to UConn to share their knowledge and perspectives with students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The Fuscos created the contemporary issues forum at UConn through a philanthropic gift to celebrate their family’s 90th year in business, as well as the 90th birthday of Edmund Fusco.

Information regarding tickets will be distributed in the coming weeks.