The New Albany Community Foundation hosted another sold out audience at the debut of The Jefferson Series’ seventh season.  Two former Secretaries of State, Dr. Madeleine K. Albright and General Colin Powell, engaged in an enriching and dynamic discussion on current events moderated by Dr. Fareed Zakaria, whose Fareed Zakaria GPS program aired portions of the lecture on CNN days later.

The discussion included reflections from Albright and Powell on their time as advisors to multiple administrations on matters of national security and diplomacy, as well as what gives them hope for the country’s future. Said Dr. Albright, “I’ve had a wonderful day here because this is a community, and I think that communities and local activities are very, very important. That is what makes America great. The local communities, the cities, the towns, the people who can work together. I am very glad to be in New Albany.”

The evening lecture was made possible by the The Jefferson Series donors and sponsors. The Barbara W. & Philip R. Derrow Family Foundation, Donna & Nick Akins Fund, Karen & Irving Dennis Family Fund, Ben W. Hale Jr. Memorial Fund, Redgrave Family Fund, Ryan Family Fund, Lynne & Steve Smith Family Fund, Michael & Nanette Triplett Family Fund, Leslie H. Wexner Jefferson Series Fund, Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Battelle, Conway Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, Beatrice Wolper, Trustee, Barnes & Thornburg, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation/National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Ruscilli, AT&T, Bob-Boyd Lincoln of Columbus, Chemical Abstract Services (CAS), NAI Ohio Equities, The Pizzuti Companies/Dream Industrial REI.

A group poses at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in downtown Columbus

General Colin Powell and Madeline Albright kicked off the 2019 Jefferson Series Lectures photographed Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the McCoy Center for the Arts in New Albany, Ohio. (© James D. DeCamp | | 614-367-6366)

Earlier in the day, the speakers visited the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in downtown Columbus. General Colin Powell delivered the keynote address at the opening of the award-winning museum last October and serves as the honorary chair of its board of advisors. The speakers were given a tour by President and CEO Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter.

For those who were unable to attend the opening of the 2019-2020 Jefferson Series season, excerpts from the robust discussion can be viewed on moderator Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show, Fareed Zakaria GPS that was broadcasted internationally Sunday, October 6, 2019.–albright-part-2.cnn