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Author and Harvard Professor Samantha Power to Speak at W&L

— by on October 9th, 2008

Author Samantha Power, the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, of which she was the founding executive director, in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will give the first talk this year in the William Lyne Wilson Lecture Series at Washington and Lee University.

Power’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Lee Chapel on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The title is “Human Rights and Globalization in the Age of Genocide.” A book signing will be held after the talk in the Elrod Commons Living Room.

A native of Ireland, Powers is the recent author of “Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World” (2008), a biography of the UN envoy killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. In 2003, her book “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Prize.

Her New Yorker article on the horrors in Darfur, Sudan, won the 2005 National Magazine Award for best reporting. In 2007, Power became a foreign policy columnist for Time Magazine. From 1993-96, she covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for U.S. News and World Report, Boston Globe and The New Republic.

She remains a working journalist, contributing to the Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker and New York Review of Books. She spent 2005-2006 working in the office of Senator Barack Obama, resigning after calling Hillary Clinton a “monster.”