Secretary of State John Kerry to speak at Rice April 26


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Jeff Falk

Secretary of State John Kerry to speak at Rice April 26

HOUSTON – (April 5, 2016) – Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will host U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry April 26 for a private address on the role of religion in foreign policy.



The event is by invitation only but open to members of the news media.

Who: John Kerry, the 68th secretary of state.

Kerry will be introduced by James A. Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute and the nation’s 61st secretary of state and 67th secretary of the treasury.

Rice President David Leebron will give welcoming remarks.

Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian and professor of history at Rice, will moderate a brief question-and-answer session following Kerry’s address.

What: A private event titled “An Address by Secretary of State John Kerry.”

When: Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Shepherd School of Music, Stude Concert Hall, 6100 Main St.

Kerry was sworn in as secretary of state Feb. 1, 2013, becoming the first sitting U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman to become secretary in over a century.

During his tenure, he helped negotiate a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, an agreement with Russia to remove Syria’s chemical weapons, the multinational COP21 climate-change agreement and resolutions to election disputes in Afghanistan and Nigeria.

Current Rice students, faculty and staff and Baker Institute Roundtable and Emerging Leaders members will be invited to attend, but the event is not open to the general public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Members of the news media who want to attend must RSVP by 5 p.m. April 25 to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775. Further logistical information for media will be distributed closer to the event.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.