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The Education of an Idealist: A Conversation with Samantha Power

Seminar

Speaker(s)

Ambassador Samantha Power, Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School

Date and Time

October 10, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Availability

RSVP Required.

Location

Dinkelspiel Auditorium

471 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305

The Education of an Idealist traces Power’s distinctly American journey, from Irish immigrant to human rights activist to United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Power began her career as a war correspondent and as a vocal critic of US foreign policy, and then put her ideals into practice while working with Obama in the Senate, on the campaign trail, and throughout his presidency. Power’s perspective on government is unique, as she takes us from the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the Situation Room and out into the world of high-stakes diplomacy. In her characteristically gripping prose, Power illuminates the messy and complex worlds of politics and geopolitics while laying bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life. She also reveals what it’s like to juggle the demands of a 24/7 national security job with raising two young children. And, in the face of great challenges, she shows us not just how the United States can lead, but why there is always something each of us can do to advance the cause of human dignity. The Education of an Idealist is a humorous, stirring, and ultimately unforgettable account of the world-changing power of idealism -- and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.

Samantha Power is a Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. From 2013-2017, Power served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama's cabinet. From 2009-2013, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School.  Power's book, "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World. Her most recent book, The Education of an Idealist, was published by Harper Collins in September 2019. Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Books will be available for sale. Ambassador Power has graciously agreed to sign books