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Pulitzer Prize Winner Samantha Power to Discuss U.S. Policy in Iraq

November 7, 2006 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, scholar, writer and human rights activist Samantha Power will discuss U.S. policy in Iraq Monday, Nov. 13, when she delivers the 17th annual Richard W. Leopold Lecture at Northwestern University.

Now professor of human rights practice at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Power earned the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction for “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.” She will speak on “Iraq's Collateral Damage” at 7:30 in Room 107 of Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road, on the Evanston campus. Free and open to the public, her lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing.

“A Problem from Hell,” which also won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Council on Foreign Relations' best book on U.S. foreign policy prize, chronicles the American government's response -- or lack of response -- to 20th century cases of genocide. The New York Times Book Review called it a “vivid and gripping work of American history” that recounts how the U.S. had the knowledge and means to stop genocide abroad but failed to do so.

Power, who recently worked in the office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama as a foreign policy fellow, won the 2005 National Magazine Award for best reporting for “Dying in Darfur,” an article she wrote for The New Yorker about the horrors of genocide occurring in western Sudan.

Power, who as a reporter for U.S. News & World Report, the Boston Globe and the Economist from 1993 to 1996, is co-editor, with Graham Allison, of “Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact.” She has written or spoken on American policy in Bosnia, Rwanda and the United Nations for The New York Times, New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the U.S. House of Representatives and numerous other media outlets and institutions.

The Leopold Lectureship in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1990 by former students of Richard W. Leopold. An eminent diplomatic historian and dedicated educator, Leopold for more than 40 years nurtured generations of Northwestern undergraduates. The lectureship honors Leopold's enduring influence on his students and on the University.

For more information about the Leopold Lecture, call (847) 467-3005 or e-mail events@wcas.northwestern.edu.

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