The Education of an Idealist – Samantha Power

December 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Penn Pavilion
Melanie Benson

Join AGS for the Fall 2019 Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture: AGS Director Peter Feaver will join Samantha Power, the former US Ambassador to the UN, in conversation to discuss her newly released memoir, “The Education of an Idealist.”

Power, who began her career as a war correspondent, is currently a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. Her book “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, and she has been named one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes and one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People”.
Power served in all eight years of the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Council from 2009 to 2013, and then as US Ambassador to the UN from 2013 to 2017. During her time in government, Power became the public face of the United States’ opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, helped build the international coalition to end the Ebola crisis, negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, lobbied to secure the release of political prisoners, and worked on behalf of LGBT and women’s rights.

Tickets: The event is free and open to the public, however, tickets are required. Tickets available in person at the Duke Box Office or online at

Parking: Due to multiple events on campus the evening of December 3, guests should plan to utilize the Bryan Center garage which will have a set-fee of $5.00.  Only cash will be accepted.