Human Rights in the Age of Genocide

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Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor, and foreign policy analyst, will launch Body Politic(s), the 2008-2009 lecture series of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts.

Named in 2004 by Time Magazine as one of the 100 top scientists and thinkers of that year, Samantha Power has been hailed for her compelling critiques of leadership, eloquent writing, and searing engagement with unspeakable horrors of genocide and civil wars.  Ms. Power is the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.  Currently the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Ms. Power teaches courses on human rights and foreign policy.

A native of Ireland, where she lived until age nine, Ms. Power graduated from Yale University and from Harvard University Law School. Following her graduation from Yale, she began her journalism career, and for three years reported on the wars and conflicts in the former Yugoslavia for the U.S. News and World Report, The New Republic, and the Boston Globe. Since her first articles appeared in 1993, she has published widely in journals, magazines, and newspapers such as The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time Magazine, for which she serves now as foreign policy columnist.  She also has been featured on radio and television on shows such as All Things Considered and Day to Day on National Public Radio, The Charlie Rose Show, The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America, and the Colbert Report.

Ms. Power's first work, A Problem from Hell, which grew out of an essay she completed at Harvard Law School, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction, and the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Prize for the best book in U.S. foreign policy. Her latest work, Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World, chronicles the life of the UN envoy killed in 2003 when a suicide bomber attacked the United Nations headquarters in Iraq.  In 2005, she began a one-year appointment in the office of Senator Barack Obama and she recently served with his campaign as foreign policy advisor.

Ms. Power's extensive and rigorous writings on human rights, international law, and foreign policy inform her talk on human rights in the age of genocide.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, September 25
Time: 7:30 pm
Speaker: Samantha Power
Place: Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, Mount Holyoke College
Free and open to public