Past Event15 May 2020

Education of an Idealist: Samantha Power

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Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

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Auckland Writers Festival regrets to advise the cancellation of its May 2020 Festival, owing to the critical Covid-19 situation and the Government’s ban on mass public gatherings.

We’re immensely proud of the programme for our 20th Festival that was launched just last week.  We are extremely sad not to have the opportunity to deliver it to our writing and reading community, but the health and well-being of all must be our paramount concern at this difficult time.

Thank you for your ongoing support for the Festival and we look forward to working with you again in 2021.

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A unique blend of expert storytelling and shrewd political insight, Samantha Power’s bestselling book The Education of an Idealist traces her distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential cabinet official. Power began her career as a journalist. Her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of newly elected senator Barack Obama, who invited her to work with him. She would go on to serve for four years as his human rights adviser in the White House and he later named her the youngest-ever US ambassador to the UN. At a time of upheaval and division, Power’s memoir – named one of the best books of 2019 by The New York Times and The Economist – offers an urgent response to the question “What can one person do?” In conversation with Rosemarie Milsom. 

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