The Hubert Butler Lecture Series: Global Conversations
in conversation with Olivia O’Leary
When Samantha Power delivered the inaugural Hubert Butler Lecture in 2007 she was already, according to Time magazine, one of the 100 most influential people in the world: a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Harvard academic and war correspondent whose critiques of US foreign policy had caught the eye of an ambitious young senator from Illinois. After Obama’s election, Power went from being an activist outsider to a government insider, trying to put her ideals into practice at the heart of government while serving as Obama’s human rights adviser. In 2013, he named her US Ambassador to the UN, the youngest-ever American to assume the role. In her bestselling memoir The Education of an Idealist, Power tells the story of her extraordinary journey through the corridors of power and now the Festival is thrilled to welcome her back, in this most turbulent of years, to reflect on her career in the company of Olivia O’Leary.
This event will be available to view online from 8pm on Wednesday 12 August
Her highly personal and reflective memoir … is a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world Barack Obama
Uniquely personal and absorbing … A riveting fly-on-the wall insight The Irish Times
A wonderful book … The interweaving of Power’s personal story, family story, diplomatic history and moral arguments is executed seamlessly – and with unblinking honesty New York Times Book Review
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