Radcliffe Day

Radcliffe Day 2018

Radcliffe Day 2018

On Radcliffe Day 2018, Friday, May 25, we will award the Radcliffe Medal to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As an attorney, a first lady, a senator, a secretary of state, and the first woman nominated by a major party for the US presidency, Secretary Clinton has worked tirelessly over the course of decades in the public eye, often under unprecedented scrutiny, to make meaningful change. Radcliffe Day will feature a personal tribute to Secretary Clinton delivered by the global affairs trailblazer, former secretary of state, and 2001 Radcliffe Medalist Madeleine Albright and a wide-ranging keynote conversation between Secretary Clinton and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ’92.

The day’s program will open with a panel titled “Toward a New Global Architecture? America’s Role in a Changing World.” In 2009, then–Secretary of State Clinton outlined a vision for a global architecture “in which states have clear incentives to cooperate and live up to their responsibilities, as well as strong disincentives to sit on the sidelines or sow discord and division.” Nearly a decade later, the US is still grappling with complex questions about its role in global affairs. Nicholas Burns, the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School and a career diplomat who served as US ambassador to NATO and under secretary of state for political affairs, will moderate a discussion exploring these issues featuring the foreign policy experts Michèle Flournoy ’83, David Ignatius ’72, Meghan O’Sullivan, and Anne-Marie Slaughter JD ’85.

Radcliffe Day 2018 Ticket Information

We anticipate a record turnout at Radcliffe Day 2018, and tickets are required for attendance. Invitations have been mailed to leading supporters of The Radcliffe Campaign (including members of the Associates Program and the Ann Radcliffe Society); alumnae of the Radcliffe College Classes of 1968 and earlier; Radcliffe and Harvard College alumnae/i who are affiliated with the Institute and celebrating a reunion; current and former Radcliffe Fellows and Radcliffe Research Partners; and other close friends of the Institute.

We will have additional tickets for purchase on a space-available basis to those who sign up for the Radcliffe Day 2018 lottery. To sign up for the lottery, please click here. If you are offered a ticket via the lottery, you will receive an e-mail in mid-May with instructions on how to purchase your ticket. 

Please note: All invitations are nontransferable. We are not able to accept any walk-in attendees.

Radcliffe Day will be webcast live starting at 10:30 AM EST on Friday, May 25, 2018. Videos will be made available on our website in June. Registration is not required to view the webcast.

How to watch the live webcast

If you have questions, contact radcliffeday@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

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Radcliffe Medalist

Photo courtesy of Hillary Rodham ClintonPhoto courtesy of Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Courtesy of Nicholas BurnsCourtesy of Nicholas BurnsNicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School, where he is also faculty director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Transatlantic Relations Initiative. A career foreign service officer, Burns served in the US government for 27 years.



Courtesy of Michele FlournoyCourtesy of Michele FlournoyMichèle Flournoy ’83 is a cofounder and the managing director of WestExec Advisors and a cofounder and former president and CEO of the Center for a New American Security. Flournoy served as the undersecretary of defense for policy in 2009–2012.



Courtesy of David IgnatiusCourtesy of David IgnatiusDavid Ignatius ’72 is an associate editor and columnist at the Washington Post, the author of 10 novels, and a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.




Courtesy of Meghan O'SullivanCourtesy of Meghan O'Sullivan

Meghan O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard Kennedy School. She served as special assistant to President George W. Bush and the deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan.



Courtesy of Anne-Marie SlaughterCourtesy of Anne-Marie SlaughterAnne-Marie Slaughter JD ’85 is the president and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is a former J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School (1994–2002) and was the director of policy planning at the State Department in 2009–2011.



Photo by Timothy Greenfield-SandersPhoto by Timothy Greenfield-SandersMadeleine K. Albright is the chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th secretary of state of the United States. Named in 1997, she was the first female secretary of state and became the highest-ranking woman in the history of the US government at that time. From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the US permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the president’s cabinet. She is the Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Albright chairs the National Democratic Institute’s board of directors. She is also the president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation and a member of the US Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board. The 2001 Radcliffe medalist, she was chosen by President Obama in 2012 to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.



Courtesy of Maura HealeyCourtesy of Maura HealeyMaura Healey ’92 is the attorney general of Massachusetts, leading the People’s Law Firm in the fight for fairness and equality. Healey has gained national prominence for her leadership in Massachusetts since she took office, in January 2015.