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Photo of former Smithsonian Regent David M. Rubenstein interviewing former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright

Conversations & Award Program

The Great Americans Award Program features an interview with the award recipient by former Smithsonian Regent David M. Rubenstein. Honorees also often donate an object or objects to the National Collections to help the museum in its mission to empower people to create a just and compassionate future by exploring, preserving, and sharing the complexity of our past.

Conversations with History Makers

A cornerstone of the Great Americans Award Program, David M. Rubenstein’s interviews provide opportunities for honorees to reflect upon their achievements, desire to give back, and the pivotal moments and the individuals who have shaped their lives.