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Friday, October 18 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Kickoff Keynote

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Samantha Power’s life has all the ingredients of a great movie: Irish émigré, war correspondent, academic, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, Special Assistant to President Obama on the National Security Council, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations. For Power, the driving force of her interests and her ambition has been the desire to extend basic human rights to all. In her revelatory memoir, The Education of an Idealist, Power tackles the question, “What can one person do?” with deeply personal insight and honesty. As Colm Tóibín wrote, hers is the story of political power but also of its limitations in the corridors of power, “where compromise does battle with commitment.” Come hear how this impressive and powerful woman grappled with idealism, realpolitik, and motherhood all at the same time. Nicco Mele, journalist, Kennedy School faculty member, political strategist, and poetry enthusiast, will discuss idealism with Samantha Power in what is sure to be an inspiring and entertaining way to kick off BBF 2019.

This event is free admission and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required.

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Nicco Mele

Nicco Mele is an academic, writer, and businessman. He lectures on public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is a renowned forecaster of business, politics, and culture. His firm, EchoDitto, is a leading internet strategy company working with nonprofits and Fortune... Read More →

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Samantha Power

Samantha Power is the former US permanent representative to the United Nations (2013–2017) and former member of President Obama’s cabinet. Her books include A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (2002), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Old South Sanctuary 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116