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Pulitzer Prize-winning author speaks in ER/S lecture series

Samantha Power makes presentation at the Cintas Center on American foreign policy and the problem of genocide

03/03/05

Samantha Power, J.D., a lecturer in public policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, spoke on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center

Power’s presentation, titled, “American Foreign Policy and the Problem of Genocide,” was part of Xavier University’s 2004-2005 Ethics, Religion and Society lecture series.

"In her book, Power reveals a pattern of failures by the American government to recognize and respond to genocide across the globe dating back to World War I," says Sara Melcher, co-director for the department of Ethics, Religion and Society. "She has opened a lot of Americans’ eyes to situations of genocide that need to be addressed by our government because we are a nation fortunate enough to have an impact.”

Power’s book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction. Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (1998-2002). From 1993-1996, she covered 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 age nine. She has written a new introduction to Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism and has begun work on a book on the causes and consequences of historical amnesia in American foreign policy.

This theme for this year’s lecture series was “Ethics and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Speakers addressed leadership issues on this topic. The program format led to informal discussion after the presentation.