The UAlbany Student Association
Presents Our Inaugural Speaker
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
"Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust & Values"

General Colin L. PowellGeneral Powell Spoke at the University at Albany SEFCU Arena on Saturday, October 10, 2009

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

  • Soldier
  • Statesman
  • Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, during Persian Gulf War, 1991
  • Secretary of State, 2001-2005
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal winner
  • Two-time recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

About the Speech - "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust & Values"
One of the 21st century's most fervent purveyors of democratic values, General Colin Powell understands the power of diplomacy and the universal human ideal of democracy to build trust and transform once-unstable regions into areas where societies and cultures prosper. As well, he understands that the power of persuasion, reason and building trust are immeasurably effective in getting governments to cooperate for the overall common good of their people and the rest of the world.

In a compelling presentation filled with humor and anecdotes from years of service at the highest levels of international affairs, Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, describes the delicate process of forging alliances, bringing people and countries together, and promoting universal human ideals of democracy and peace around the world.

About General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
One of the most admired and respected leaders in America today, Colin Powell offers his thoughts on domestic and world affairs, leadership and a vision for tomorrow. A man of supreme intelligence, versatility and presence, Gen. Powell served as the first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was appointed secretary of state by President George W. Bush - becoming, at that time, the most powerful African-American ever to hold office.

A four-star general, Gen. Powell's numerous awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom and he is the author of his best-selling autobiography, My American Journey. As someone who crafted and articulated the U.S. position on the world stage, Powell provides insight on efforts to stabilize a troubled world and the diplomatic and leadership skills needed to transform unstable regions into areas where societies and cultures flourish.