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March 24, 2005
Contact: Bill Lacy, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-4900.

Biographer of Condoleezza Rice to speak March 31 at Dole Institute at KU

LAWRENCE -- Lawrence author Antonia Felix, the biographer of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will appear March 31 at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas for a public lecture and book signing.

Felix, the author of "Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story," will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the institute's Hansen Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Felix is the author of 13 nonfiction books, including the national best seller "Laura: America's First Lady, First Mother," "Andrea Bocelli: A Celebration" and biographies on Gen. Wesley Clark, singer Harry Connick Jr. and former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Christine Todd Whitman. Felix has also edited a number of movie books, including "Windtalkers: The Making of the John Woo Film about the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II" and "Pearl Harbor: The Movie and the Moment."

" As secretary of state and in her previous position as national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice is perhaps the most powerful and influential woman in the U.S. government today," said Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute. "She has even begun to show up in polls for leading presidential contenders in 2008. It is fitting that she be the subject of one of our programs during Women's History Month. It's equally fitting that her biographer is a woman."

Rice's role as one of President George W. Bush's top Cabinet secretaries and closest advisers follows a distinguished career as scholar, professor, provost and foreign policy adviser, all accomplished before her 50th birthday.
" She has become a complex mix of artist and academic, corporate executive and university manager, mentor and political insider, and close friend of two presidents," Felix said of Rice, who visited Lawrence in 2002 to speak at the Dole Institute's dedication ceremony.

In addition to her writing career, Felix is an operatic soprano who performs throughout the United States and Europe. Her husband, Stanford, is a doctoral student in KU's Department of Music and Dance.

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