The Education of an Idealist

A Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power

November 12, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Samantha Power was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction for “A Problem from Hell”: America in the Age of Genocide, and she went on to serve as President Barack Obama’s human rights advisor and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017. In The Education of an Idealist, published to acclaim in fall 2019, Power traces her journey from Irish immigrant to war correspondent to presidential cabinet official. Author and Berkley Center Senior Fellow Paul Elie taught the book in his first-year Ignatius Seminar, The Search, as Power’s account of her search for a way of life that will enable her to combine ideals, personal commitment, and public service in order to bring about progress in global human rights.

Power joined Elie to discuss the themes of The Education of an Idealist, the process of writing it, and the challenges of combining the life of a writer with that of a diplomat and policymaker. They also took up geopolitical and human rights questions of the present moment. Georgetown President John J. DeGioia introduced the conversation.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Office of the President; Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Institute of Politics and Public Service; and Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

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