Charleston, S.C. (Dec. 12, 2007) – Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Samantha Power, a senior policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, will be the featured speaker at a Foreign Policy Forum hosted by the Communication Department at College of Charleston on Friday, December 14, at noon in Alumni Hall on campus. Power will discuss her work as a journalist, and will convey Senator Obama's plans to restore American leadership on the world stage and decrease the risk of terrorism by attacking global poverty and rebuilding international cooperation. The event is free and open to the public.
Samantha Power is the Harvard University Anna Lindh Professor of Global Leadership and Public Policy. She won the Pulitzer for her book "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide, and was the founding director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard.
Power's New Yorker article on the horrors in Darfur, Sudan, won the 2005 National Magazine Award for best reporting. In 2007, she became a foreign policy columnist at Time magazine. From 1993 to 1996, she covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for the U.S. News and World Report, the Boston Globe and The Economist.
Because Power’s presentation will incorporate material relevant to the Department of Communication’s non-partisan presidential communication series, “The Bully Pulpit: Reflections on Presidential Communication,” excerpts from her presentation will be made available to the public on the Bully Pulpit Web site at www.cofc.edu/bullypulpit
“We are delighted to host Samantha Power on campus,” said Brian McGee, chairman of the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston. “Her experience as a journalist and campaign adviser, and her depth of knowledge in the field of public policy make her an excellent speaker on the topic of Presidential communication.”