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100 | Samantha Power & Robin Wright
100 | Samantha Power & Robin Wright
Monday, October 9 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
126 E Chestnut | Chicago, IL | 60611
  • CHF Annual Benefit Program:

“The moral compass of American diplomacy.” – Forbes

When Barack Obama appointed activist, author, and academic Samantha Power as the United States' ambassador to the United Nations, she became the youngest person ever to hold that post. Known for her commitment to democracy and an interventionist approach to foreign policy, Power's tenure included responding to pressing human rights issues ranging from the persistence of gender discrimination around the world to the plight of refugees from the rise of the Islamic State. Now that she has left government service, Power comes to CHF to discuss what she believes is the right way forward on human rights, in conversation with foreign affairs journalist and author Robin Wright.

This annual lecture honors the late Joanne H. Alter's pioneering work on behalf of women interested in social action and public service.

Charter Humanists must RSVP for complimentary entry to this program by calling (312) 605-8444.

This program is a special Festival fundraiser. Following her public event, Samantha Power will join the Chicago Humanities Festival Gala. Click here for more information.

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Ambassador Samantha Power has been called the “conscience” of U.S. foreign policy. A leading voice internationally for principled American engagement in the world, global cooperation, and human rights, she has a unique perspective – spending half of her career explaining complex geopolitical events as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and Harvard professor, and the last eight years helping to shape them. The youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, she was also a member of President Obama’s Cabinet and a senior adviser at the White House.

Robin Wright has reported from more than a 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, and others. Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Wright has been a fellow at Yale, Duke, Stanford, Brookings Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Among many awards, she won the U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative." The American Academy of Diplomacy selected her as the journalist of the year in 2004.

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