Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power To Speak At Duke Dec. 3

Talk is free and open to the public

Ambassador Samantha Power, the 28th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and member of President Obama’s cabinet, will speak at Duke University’s Penn Pavilion on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy’s fall 2019 Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture will focus on Power’s newly released memoir, “The Education of an Idealist.”

The 5 p.m. event is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required and are available beginning Tuesday, Nov. 12, either in person at the Duke Box Office or online at

Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck for an hourly rate.

Power, who began her career as a war correspondent, is 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.

Peter Feaver, director of American Grand Strategy and professor of political science and public policy at Duke, will interview Power.

“For several decades, Ambassador Power has been one of the most passionate and influential voices assessing how the United States can be a force for good in the world,” Feaver said. “Her service at senior levels in the Obama administration gave her the opportunity to put theory into practice, and her reflections now on her experience are a fascinating window into some of the thorniest problems in American foreign policy.”