Speaker to Discuss U.S. Responses to GenocideSamantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, which examines U.S. responses to genocide since the Holocaust, will present the Sackler Human Rights Lecture on March 3 in the Dodd Center's Konover Auditorium.
Power is a lecturer in public policy and was founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
From 1993-1996, she covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for U.S. News and World Report and the Economist. In 1996 she joined the International Crisis Group as a political analyst, helping launch the organization in Bosnia.
Power is the editor, with Graham Allison, of Realizing Human Rights (2000). Her article on the Rwandan genocide, "Bystanders to Genocide," appeared in the September 2001 issue of the Atlantic Monthly.
Power says of her book, A Problem from Hell, "Whatever America's commitment to Holocaust remembrance (embodied in the presence of the Holocaust Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C.), the United States has never intervened to stop genocide. This book is an effort to understand why. While the history of America's response to genocide is not an uplifting one, A Problem from Hell tells the stories of countless Americans who took seriously the slogan of 'never again' and tried to secure American intervention. Only by understanding the reasons for their small successes and colossal failures can we understand what we as a country, and we as citizens, could have done to stop the most savage crimes of the last century."
The lecture, postponed from the fall semester, was originally rescheduled for Feb. 26. Power is a finalist for the Book Critics Circle Award, however, which will be announced on that date. Power's book, A Problem from Hell, is one of five in the General Non-Fiction category.
The March 3 lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.