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2019 Liz Carpenter Lectureship featuring Samantha Power

Tuesday, October 1st
7 pm, Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium (doors open 6:30 pm)
Free & open to the public
TICKETS REQUIRED, visit our Eventbrite page to register.
Ticket release begins 9/17/19 at 8 a.m.
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The 2019 Liz Carpenter Lectureship will feature former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is a leading voice internationally for principled American engagement in the world. One of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” she is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. Her upcoming book, The Education of an Idealist, will chronicle her years in public service and reflect on the role of human rights and humanitarian ideals in contemporary geopolitics. 

Power spent half of her career explaining complex geopolitical events and eight years at the UN helping to shape them. Bringing to the stage her experiences in advocacy and diplomacy, Power discusses national security and foreign policy, the importance of leadership, and the future of human rights. As she examines the state of the world, she interjects her speeches with up-to-date facts and in-depth research on current events. 

As the 28th U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Power became the public face of U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, lobbied to secure the release of political prisoners, and helped mobilize global action against ISIL. From 2009 to 2013, she served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights.

Called “a powerful crusader for U.S foreign policy as well as human rights and democracy” by Forbes, Ambassador Power was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” The American Academy in Berlin awarded her the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize. “She has an excellent and analytical mind,” said Kissinger, “I admire the way she has faced our challenges.”

Her book, "A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2003. The New Republic praised it as “Nothing less than a masterwork of contemporary journalism…An angry, brilliant, fiercely useful, absolutely essential book.”

Power also wrote the New York Times bestseller Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello, the Fight to Save the World (2008), and was the co-editor of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (2011). The 2017 memorial edition of Elie Wiesel’s seminal memoir, Night, opens with a tribute by President Obama and foreword by Power.

Before joining the U.S. government, Ambassador Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a columnist for Time, and a National Magazine Award-winning contributor to the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books.

Beginning her career as a journalist, Power reported from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

At the age of nine, she immigrated to the United States from Ireland. Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

The Liz Carpenter Lectureship is free and open to the public, however seating is limited. Tickets are required. Each attendee must register individually for a ticket. Each attendee must register individually for a ticket via Eventbrite.

Ticket release will begin on Tuesday, September 17th, at 8 a.m. CT.

A limited number of free copies of The Education of an Idealist will be given away to the first 100 ticketed guests to arrive.

If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Plan II Honors Program at or call 512-471-1442 five business days in advance.

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