Condi Rice School of International Studies?

I’ve just gotten this PR announcement from Denver University, with which I’m not affiliated:

DU’s Graduate School of International Studies will be renamed tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28. Renaming the school will honor one of the most notable and successful individuals in DU history, as well as mark an exciting time for the school.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and other distinguished guests will gather to commemorate the renaming at a press conference held Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 10 a.m. You can watch the announcement on a live streaming video found on the DU Web site.

The school’s most famous alumni are Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Casey. So, obviously, it’s going to be the Condi Rice school, no?

No. Apparently, it’s going to be the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, after Albright’s father and the school’s founding dean. Korbel’s been dead for 21 years but I guess siring one Secretary of State and training another is a pretty good reason to get honored in such a way. Then again, I’m not sure his name adds any prestige to the school.

I’m not sure why DU is trying to be cloak-and-dagger with the announcement. They published the news last week, after all.

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