ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-10-105

Date Created : 12/23/2009


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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Accountability - Dr. Charity Smith, Assistant Commissioner
Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection Essay Competition

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Dr. Charity Smith

Phone Number:


Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection Essay Competition

On February 17, 2010, the Clinton Presidential Center will host winners of the Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection Essay Competition. The students will have an exclusive opportunity to meet former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, author of Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box. Secretary Albright will lead a special educational program designed to create awareness and dialogue about the art of diplomacy and will encourage the students to ‘read her pins.’

The essay competition is open to grades 9-12 statewide. The entries must be postmarked on or before January 20, 2010. Winners will be invited to participate in a special program at the Clinton Center with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on February 17, 2009, and another exceptional program on April 8, 2010, with protocol expert Laura Bowen Wills who currently serves in the Office of the United States Chief of Protocol. Ms. Wills will lead a day long workshop on United States Protocol which will culminate on the evening of April 8 with a mock State Dinner.

The essay topic is:

Imagine being a U.S. diplomat. Which foreign country would be chosen to serve in? What are the most pressing issues in the country and how would the best way be to address the issues? Some examples of issues might be human rights, economic empowerment or environmental concerns.

Essay Entries should be mailed to:

Kathleen Pate
Clinton Library
1200 President Clinton Ave
Little Rock, AR 72201

Attached are details about the competition with the goals, ADE Curriculum Framework Connections and professional development workshop for educators.

For additional questions, contact Joyce Willis, Educational Programs Manager at 501-748-0472.


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