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Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: The Education of an Idealist

September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Samantha Power, The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir (Dey Street Books, Sept. 10, 2019).

Ambassador Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and William D. Zabel ’61 Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School.

Ambassador Power will be joined in discussion by:

Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard University.

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.

William P. Alford, Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law, Director, East Asian Legal Studies Program, and Chair, Harvard Law School Project on Disability.

“In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question “What can one person do?”—and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. The Education of an Idealist traces Power’s distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. In 2005, her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of newly elected senator Barack Obama, who invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign. After Obama was elected president, Power went from being an activist outsider to a government insider, navigating the halls of power while trying to put her ideals into practice. She served for four years as Obama’s human rights adviser, and in 2013, he named her US Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role.
A Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, Power transports us from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room and the world of high-stakes diplomacy. Humorous and deeply honest, The Education of an Idealist lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life and shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with the challenge of raising two young children. Along the way, she illuminates the intricacies of politics and geopolitics, reminding us how the United States can lead in the world, and why we each have the opportunity to advance the cause of human dignity. Power’s memoir is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism—and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.” – HarperCollins Publishers

This talk is co-sponsored by Harvard Law School’s International Legal Studies program

Book talks are open to the Harvard community. A light lunch will be served.

Details

Date:
September 23
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Category:
Website:
http://etseq.law.harvard.edu/2019/09/book-talk-ambassador-samantha-power-the-education-of-an-idealist-monday-september-23-at-noon/
Department:
Library

Venue

WCC 2036 Milstein East AB

Organizer

Publicity Contact Name
June Casey
Publicity Contact Email
jucasey@law.harvard.edu