Former US Secretary of State and Georgetown professor Madeleine Albright will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this spring. The award is the highest honor an American civilian can receive.

The first female Secretary of State, Albright served from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.

A press release from the White House applauded the Secretary for her hand in expanding NATO, fighting terror and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.

Speaking about all this year’s recipients, President Barack Obama said, “[The recipients] have challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place. I look forward to recognizing them with this award.”

Albright is one of two Georgetown professors who will receive the award. Holocaust hero and Georgetown professor Jan Karski (GRD ’52) will also receive the medal posthumously.

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