An American’s journey to the United Nations

September 17, 2019
Contact: Mandira Banerjee,
Laura Lee


DATE: 4-5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

EVENT: The Education of an Idealist: A conversation with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power (free and open to the public)

PLACE: Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State St., Ann Arbor

DETAILS: A conversation between Ambassador Samantha Power and John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center, as they discuss Power’s distinguished career and her new memoir, “The Education of an Idealist.”

The memoir traces Power’s journey, from Irish immigrant to human rights activist to UN ambassador. She takes us from the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the Situation Room and out into the world of high-stakes diplomacy.

Power served as the 28th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017, as well as a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet. In this role, Power became the public face of U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, helped build new international law to cripple ISIL’s financial networks, and supported President Obama’s actions to end the Ebola crisis.

The event will also be livestreamed at

MEDIA: Journalists are welcome. RSVP to Mandira Banerjee at 734-764-4251,

SPONSORS: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Vandenberg Lecture Series, Weiser Diplomacy Center

INFORMATION: Weiser Diplomacy Center lecture series