Albright to Newseum for Discussion & Book Signing

On Sunday January 31, 2010 at 2.30 PM, the Newseum will host Madeline Albright for a discussion about her new book, “Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box,” and the compelling and often humorous stories behind her unique pin collection.

A book signing follows the program. Seating is on a space-available basis. Journos interested in covering the event can contact jothompson@newseum.org.

The story behind Albright’s pin collection after the jump.


As the first female U.S. secretary of state, Madeleine Albright made history and news. While serving as the nation’s chief diplomat, she used various pins as a signature diplomatic tool.

When the government-controlled Iraqi press referred to Albright as an “unparalleled serpent” after she criticized Saddam Hussein for refusing to cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors, she wore a pin in the shape of a serpent at a later meeting with Iraqi officials. Observers stated: “She sent a message as old as the United States, ‘Don’t Tread on me.'” From then on, Albright used pins to convey ideas and feelings without speaking.