Berkeley Arts & Letters presents Susan Rice / Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
Berkeley Arts & Letters presents former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for her memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, which recalls pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy. She will be in conversation with Miguel Bustos.
Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Rice powerfully connects the personal and the professional. Taught early, with tough love, how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few, Susan shares wisdom learned along the way.
Laying bare the family struggles that shaped her early life in Washington, D.C., she also examines the ancestral legacies that influenced her. Rices elders -- immigrants on one side and descendants of slaves on the other -- had high expectations that each generation would rise. And rise they did, but not without paying it forward -- in uniform and in the pulpit, as educators, community leaders, and public servants.
Susan too rose rapidly. She served throughout the Clinton administration, becoming one of the nations youngest assistant secretaries of state and, later, one of President Obamas most trusted advisors.
Rice provides an insiders account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades, ranging from Black Hawk Down in Somalia to the genocide in Rwanda and the East Africa embassy bombings in the late 1990s, to Libya, Syria, a secret channel to Iran, the Ebola epidemic, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years. With unmatched insight and characteristic bluntness, she reveals previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the struggle to contain the fallout from Edward Snowdens NSA leaks, the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration.
Although you might think you know Susan Rice -- whose name became synonymous with Benghazi following her Sunday news show appearances after the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya -- now, for the first time, you truly will. Often mischaracterized by both political opponents and champions, Rice emerges as neither a villain nor a victim, but a strong, compassionate leader.
Intimate, sometimes humorous, but always candid, Tough Love makes an urgent appeal to the American public to bridge our dangerous domestic divides in order to preserve our democracy and sustain our global leadership.
Ambassador Susan E. Rice is currently Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the School of International Service at American University, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvards Kennedy School of Government, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She serves on the boards of Netflix and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and previously served on several nonprofit boards, including the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Rice earned her masters degree and doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and her Bachelors degree from Stanford University. A native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of the National Cathedral School for Girls, she is married to Ian Cameron; they have two children. Rice is an avid tennis player and long-retired basketball player.
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