Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Noah Krieger '93 Memorial Lecture ─ Ambassador Samantha Power: The Education of an Idealist

Thursday, October 24, 2019

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

De Ciccio Family Auditorium, Salomon Center for Teaching 

Free and open to the public. Backpacks and large bags are not allowed.

Book signing to follow.

At a time of upheaval and division, former US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power calls for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. At this year's Noah Krieger '93 Memorial Lecture, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and current Harvard professor will speak on the searing battles and defining moments of her life, and show how she juggled the demands of a consuming national security job with the challenge of raising two young children. She will illuminate 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.

The Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture was named for Noah Krieger, a Brown undergraduate who was interested in political science, public policy, and economics, who died shortly after graduating from Brown. The series, established by his parents, brings distinguished public servants to campus.

Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy

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

From 2013 to 2017, Power served in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama and as US Ambassador to the United Nations. From 2009 to 2013, Power worked on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. 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: One Man's Fight to Save the World. Power began her career as a journalist reporting from countries including Bosnia, East Timor, Rwanda, and Sudan, and she has been named by TIME as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People and by Forbes as one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.