Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Lectures at Pomona College on "America in the Age of Genocide"
Samantha Power, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her book, The Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide (2003), will give a lecture on the same topic Thursday, Feb.1 at 11 a.m. at Pomona College.
Power, a former journalist who covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia for U.S. News and World Report, The Boston Globe and The Economist, documents 20th century acts of genocide and examines U.S. responses to them. In an interview Power said that that the U.S. has never made it a priority to stop genocide. “Our policy in the abstract toward genocide: silence. And our policy case by case, is, in fact, not coincidentally, silence.”
Publishers Weekly calls her book “…a well-researched and powerful study that is both a history and a call to action.” The New Yorker noted her sense of outrage and said that “Power is judicious in her portraits of those who opposed intervention, and keenly aware of the perils and costs of military action. Her indictment of U.S. policy is therefore all the more damning.”
The book was also honored with the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for general nonfiction and the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Prize for the best book on U.S. foreign policy.
Currently, Power is the founder and former executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, where she is also an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government. Power is involved with efforts to increase media attention about the Darfur conflict in Sudan. She is now working on a book about the causes and consequences of historical amnesia in American foreign policy.
The event will be held in the Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). For further information call: (909) 607-9435.
The Hart Institute for American History was established at Pomona College in 2000. The institute’s purpose is to ground the study of broad and abiding themes in American history in the close reading of primary documents, a term defined broadly to include such sources as photographs, music, material culture, and literary works, as well as traditional historical sources.