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Creating Healthy Communities: A Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power

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What does it mean for a community to be healthy? Join the conversation with former UN Ambassador and Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power

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On March 12, 2020, Former UN Ambassador, Human Rights Advocate and Pulitzer Prize Winner Samantha Power will join CHI St. Joseph Children's Health to continue our Community Conversation Series exploring the nature and nurture of healthy communities. Learning from Ambassador Power's personal experiences - both personal and professional - the conversation will explore her vision of a healthy community, the challenges she has witnessed as communities have worked toward healthier, empowering cultures, the examples of success she has witnessed and her thoughts on how communities locally, across the United States and throughout the world can strive to create environments where every child, resident and family can thrive.

The fourth installment of the Community Conversation Series hosted by CHI St. Joseph Children's Health (www.CHIStJosephChildrensHealth.org), Ambassador Power follows previous visits by former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, former RNC Chair and Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele and Chef and Humanitarian Jose Andres. Each speaker has shared their insights into the nature of a healthy community and steps that we, as local residents, can take to support and nurture an environment where every person has the opportunity to thrive.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Time: 5:30PM VIP Reception (VIP Ticket Required) / 7:30PM Conversation/Presentation (A Book Signing will following immediately after the Conversation)

Location: The Lancaster Theological Seminary - Santee Chapel (555 W. James St., Lancaster, PA). The VIP Reception will be held in the Dietz Hall Refectory at Lancaster Theological Seminary

About UN Ambassador Samantha Power‏

Global Thinker and Former U.N. Ambassador

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.

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