2019 Liz Carpenter Lectureship featuring Samantha Power

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Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium

University of Texas at Austin

2313 Red River Street

Austin, TX 78712

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The Liz Carpenter Lectureship, presented by the Plan II Honors Program

Liz Carpenter, who served in the White House as press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson, was a Distinguished Alumna of UT Austin. The Liz Carpenter Lectureship was established in 1984 by a group of her friends and is dedicated to bringing some of the world's most interesting and engaging people to the UT campus.

Over the years, the Carpenter Lectureship has done just that. Past speakers include President Bill Clinton, President Gerald Ford, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jehan Sadat, Maya Angelou, Bill Moyers, Jane Goodall, and writers such as Betty Friedan, Nora Ephron, Shana Alexander, and Jean Auel and nationally known humorists such as Fannie Flagg and Carol Channing.

Recent Liz Carpenter Lectures have featured Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof, New York Times editor Gail Collins, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and writer and activist Gloria Steinem. The 2017 featured speaker was Dan Rather, President and CEO of News and Guts media.

This year's speaker is former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is a leading voice internationally for principled American engagement in the world. One of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” she is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. Her upcoming book, The Education of an Idealist, will chronicle her years in public service and reflect on the role of human rights and humanitarian ideals in contemporary geopolitics.

Power spent half of her career explaining complex geopolitical events and eight years at the UN helping to shape them. Bringing to the stage her experiences in advocacy and diplomacy, Power discusses national security and foreign policy, the importance of leadership, and the future of human rights. As she examines the state of the world, she interjects her speeches with up-to-date facts and in-depth research on current events.

As the 28th U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., 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, lobbied to secure the release of political prisoners, and helped mobilize global action against ISIL. From 2009 to 2013, she served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights.

Called “a powerful crusader for U.S foreign policy as well as human rights and democracy” by Forbes, Ambassador Power was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” The American Academy in Berlin awarded her the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize. “She has an excellent and analytical mind,” said Kissinger, “I admire the way she has faced our challenges.”

Her book, "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2003. The New Republic praised it as “Nothing less than a masterwork of contemporary journalism…An angry, brilliant, fiercely useful, absolutely essential book.”

Power also wrote the New York Times bestseller Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello, the Fight to Save the World (2008), and was the co-editor of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (2011). The 2017 memorial edition of Elie Wiesel’s seminal memoir, Night, opens with a tribute by President Obama and foreword by Power.

Before joining the U.S. government, Ambassador Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a columnist for Time, and a National Magazine Award-winning contributor to the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books.

Beginning her career as a journalist, Power reported from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

At the age of nine, she immigrated to the United States from Ireland. Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


The Liz Carpenter Lectureship is free and open to the public, however seating is limited. Tickets are required. Each attendee must register individually for a ticket. If all tickets have been claimed a waitlist will become available.

Ticket release will begin on Tuesday, September 17th, at 8 a.m. CT.

A limited number of free copies of The Education of an Idealist will be given away to the first 100 ticketed guests to arrive.

If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Plan II Honors Program at planiialumni@austin.utexas.edu or call 512-471-1442 five business days in advance.


What are the public parking options for the event?

An extremely limited amount of free parking for the LBJ Auditorium is located in Lot 40 along Red River Street on a first-come, first-served basis. Most parking on the UT Campus is paid parking. There are paid parking meters along Dean Keeton Street and the closest paid parking garages are the San Jacinto and Manor Parking Garages. Handicapped parking spaces are available in Lot 40, as well as in both parking garages. A parking map with driving directions can also be found here.

Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?

Yes, due to limited seating you must present a ticket (printed or electronic) to be admitted into the auditorium. A stand-by line will be available for any remaining available seats which will be released at 7:05 pm. Seating is not guaranteed without a ticket.

How can I cancel my ticket?

If you claimed a ticket but can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket so we may accommodate those on the waitlist. You can easily cancel through Eventbrite.

Is there reserved seating?

No, once admitted into the auditorium, seating is first-come, first-served. Please arrive early to ensure time for parking and making your way into the auditorium to find seats. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Will the lecture be streamed online or recorded?

Sorry, the lecture will not be streamed live online or recorded.

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Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium

University of Texas at Austin

2313 Red River Street

Austin, TX 78712

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