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Samantha Power is a Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. From 2013-2017, Power served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s cabinet. From 2009-2013, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights.
Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School. Power’s book, "A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Chasing the Flame: One Man’s Fight to Save the World (2008)and The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir (2019), which was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, NPR, and TIME. Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Vivian Salama is a national security correspondent for CNN, based in Washington. She has covered U.S. foreign policy and national security for nearly two decades, reporting from more than 70 countries. Since moving to Washington in 2016, Salama has covered the White House and national politics for The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and the Associated Press, with a focus on foreign policy. During that time, she has broken a number of major stories involving the Trump White House, including details on the president's first White House phone call with the Mexican president, details on the administration's controversial travel ban, and President Trump's interest in buying Greenland. Salama has a law degree from Georgetown University and a Master's from Columbia University in Islamic Politics. She has authored a number of academic studies, with a focus on the Middle East, as well as a children’s book about a young Syrian boy who is forced to flee his country when it is gripped by war.
This conversation will feature an introduction from Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania.
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