Pulitzer Prize-winning author speaking on genocide

Samantha Power, a lecturer in public policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, leads latest E/RS lecture series | February 22, 2005

Samantha Power, J.D., a lecturer in public policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is addressing “American Foreign Policy and the Problem of Genocide” on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center. The talk is part of the University’s Ethics/Religion and Society lecture series. This event is free and open to the public.

Power’s book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction. Power was the founding executive director for the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy before leaving to cover the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for U.S. News and World Report, the Boston Globe and The Economist. She is the editor, with Graham Allison, of Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact.

A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, she moved to the United States from Ireland at the age of 9. She wrote a new introduction to Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism and is working on a book on the causes and consequences of historical amnesia in American foreign policy.

This theme for this year’s E/RS lecture series is “Ethics and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Speakers are addressing leadership issues on the topic with informal discussions taking place after the presentation.

The purpose of the E/RS program is to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues.