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Ambassador Samantha Power

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Samantha Power, former President Barack Obama’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is widely known as a leading moral voice of her generation. Power has been described by President Obama as one of America’s “foremost thinkers on foreign policy” and is revered as a Pulitzer Prize winner and a relentless advocate for promoting human rights. 

In her memoir, The Education of an Idealist, Power traces her extraordinary career and her change from an outspoken war correspondent and vocal critic of U.S. foreign policy to working with Obama in the Senate, on the campaign trail and throughout his presidency. Power takes us across the world from the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room and delves into the complex networks of high-stakes diplomacy through her humorous, stirring and ultimately unforgettable account of the striking power of idealism.

Join us for an invigorating and honest conversation with a world leader and human rights activist as she empowers us to approach global politics with a clearer eye and a kinder heart.


In association with the United Nations Association of the USA Chapters of San Francisco and East Bay

Power photo by Martha Stewart

September 17, 2019

Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, 94102
United States

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Samantha Power

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations; Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Author, The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir; Twitter @SamanthaJPower

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In Conversation with Dan Pfeiffer

Co-Host, “Pod Save America”; Author, Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump; Twitter @danpfeiffer


5:30 p.m. check-in
6:30 p.m. program