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October 27, 2005
Contact: Victor Bailey, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7822.

Samantha Power to speak on U.S. foreign policy for Humanities Lecture Series

LAWRENCE -- A Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction writer and former war correspondent will speak on "Can U.S. Foreign Policy Be Fixed?" next month at the University of Kansas, the Hall Center for the Humanities has announced.

Author Samantha Power, who also is founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and a Harvard University adjunct lecturer, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Kansas Union ballroom as part of the Hall Center's Humanities Lecture Series. The event, which is co-sponsored by the KU School of Law, is free and open to the public.

"Open Forum with Samantha Power," a colloquium featuring Power, will take place the following day, Friday, Nov. 18, in Room 104 of Green Hall from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Please note the change of date.

Power will draw from her most recent book, A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A Problem From Hell chronicles the role of the U.S in the history of genocide and asks the haunting question: why do American leaders who vow "never again" repeatedly fail to stop genocide?

Power covered the war in Yugoslavia from 1993 to 1996 for U.S. News and World Report, the Boston Globe and the Economist. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, she moved from Ireland to America when she was nine years old. She is currently working on a book about the causes and consequences of historical amnesia in American foreign policy.

Founded in 1947, the Humanities Lecture Series is the oldest continuing series at KU. More than 150 eminent scholars from around the world have participated in the program, including author Vladimir Nabokov, painter Thomas Hart Benton and author Aldous Huxley. Recent scholars have included the late Edward Said, Sherman Alexie, E.O. Wilson and Salman Rushdie. Shortly after the program's inception, a lecture by one outstanding KU faculty member each year was added to the schedule.

Upcoming speakers in the 2005-06 series include attorney and Presumed Innocent author Scott Turow and KU political science professor Alan Cigler. For more information, please contact the Hall Center at hallcenter@ku.edu or call (785) 864-4798.

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