On February 17, 2010, the Clinton Presidential Center will host winners of the Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection Essay Competition. These students will have an exclusive opportunity to meet former Secretary of State Madeleine



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Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

Essay Competition Proposal


On February 17, 2010, the Clinton Presidential Center will host winners of the Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection Essay Competition. These 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.’
On April 8, 2010, this same group of students will be invited to the Clinton Center to attend a day-long workshop – Presidential Protocol: Training for Future Heads of State. Participants will receive lessons in protocol and explore different aspects of international relations including the history of state dinners and diplomatic gift exchange. The training will culminate in an on-site state dinner featuring a special guest speaker.

Essay

Students will write a 500 word (or less) essay on one of the following prompts:



(The prompt will be selected in consultation with the Arkansas Department of Education)

  • Imagine you are a U.S. diplomat. Which foreign country would you want to serve in? What are the most pressing issues in that country and how would you address them? Some examples might be human rights, economic empowerment or environmental concerns.

  • Which secretary of state within the past three administrations do you think has been the most effective?

  • If you had a job in the State Department, what would you want it to be and why?


All entries must be postmarked on or before January 20, 2010.

The winning essays will be announced February 1, 2010.

Goals


ADE Curriculum Framework Connections

  • American Government

  • American History (U.S. History)

  • Civics

  • Contemporary U.S. History

  • Economics

  • World Geography

  • World History



Suggested Criteria



Further Ideas

  • Supply students with brochures for State Department internships and collegiate job opportunities

  • Offer information about different State Department jobs that students may be interested in for future careers



Professional Development Workshop for Educators
On February 15, 2010, the Clinton Presidential Center will present a workshop based on the book Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box. Secretary Albright’s former chief of staff, Elaine Shocas, will present a series of small-group sessions for educators on the significance of these pins in diplomatic relations across the globe.


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