Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture with Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations: "The War on Truth (and what we must do to win it)"

Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations with introduction by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Sunday, February 23, 2014
5:00 PM
UCLA Schoenberg Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095



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Ambassador Samantha Power is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet.  At the United Nations, Ambassador Power works to advance U.S. interests, promote and defend universal values, and address pressing global challenges to global peace, security, and prosperity.

Prior to serving as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Power served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Staff at the White House.  In this role she focused on issues including UN reform; LGBT and women’s rights; the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities; human trafficking; and democracy and human rights.

Before joining the U.S. government, Ambassador Power was the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, teaching courses on U.S. foreign policy, human rights, and UN reform.  She was also the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Ambassador Power is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (2002) and Chasing the Flame: Sergio Viera de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (2008), the basis for the award-winning HBO documentary, “Sergio.”  She is also the recent co-editor of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (2011).  Ambassador Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and contributed regularly to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, the New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker Magazine.

Ambassador Power immigrated to the United States from Ireland at the age of nine.  She graduated from Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia and received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is married to Cass Sunstein, with whom she has two young children.


UCLA Students: $5

UCLA Faculty & Staff: $15

General Admission: $30

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Parking will be available in Lot 2. Enter on Westholme Avenue from Hilgard Avenue.Pay-by-Space parking spaces are available (cash or credit card) in Lot 2. All day parking passes can also be purchased from an information kiosk for $12 (cash only).  For a parking and venue map, please click here.



  • Arrive early, doors open at 4:30 pm
  • Pay-by-Space parking spaces are available (cash or credit card) in Lot 2. All day parking passes can also be purchased from an information kiosk for $12 (cash only).
  • No bulky video equipment or flash photography permitted
  • No food or beverages permitted inside Schoenberg Hall
  • Details for this event are subject to change.
  • Please check our website for last minute details prior to the event.


In sponsoring the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series, the Burkle Center for International Relations celebrates the memory of Daniel Pearl as a prominent journalist who dedicated his life to bringing joy and understanding to the world. Past presenters have included David Remnick of The New Yorker, Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic, Christopher Hitchens, CNN's Anderson Cooper, David Brooks and Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, ABC’s Ted Koppel, CBS’s Jeff Greenfield, Daniel Schorr of NPR, and CNN's Larry King and most recently former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice.


Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, The Daniel Pearl Foundation and the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA