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THE UN at 75: Coronavirus and Competition- A Perry World House Colloquium

Over the course of three days (October 5th – 7th), we will bring leaders from across the world together in high-level virtual conversations to discuss the UN at 75 and the future of global governance in an age of great power competition and at a moment of global crisis.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT

Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power

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Samantha Power

A discussion with Ambassador Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, moderated by CNN’s Vivian Salama.

This conversation will feature an introduction from Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania.

Samantha Power is a Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. From 2013-2017, Power served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s cabinet. From 2009-2013, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School. Power’s book, “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Chasing the Flame: One Man’s Fight to Save the World (2008)and The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir (2019), which was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York TimesWashington PostEconomistNPR, and TIME. Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Vivian Salama

Vivian Salama is a national security correspondent for CNN, based in Washington. She has covered U.S. foreign policy and national security for nearly two decades, reporting from more than 70 countries. Since moving to Washington in 2016, Salama has covered the White House and national politics for The Wall Street JournalNBC News, and the Associated Press, with a focus on foreign policy. During that time, she has broken a number of major stories involving the Trump White House, including details on the president’s first White House phone call with the Mexican president, details on the administration’s controversial travel ban, and President Trump’s interest in buying Greenland. Salama has a law degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s from Columbia University in Islamic Politics. She has authored a number of academic studies, with a focus on the Middle East, as well as a children’s book about a young Syrian boy who is forced to flee his country when it is gripped by war.

Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania

The eighth President of the University of Pennsylvania, serving since 2004, Amy Gutmann is an internationally renowned leader in higher education: a prominent advocate for increased access to higher education, for innovation based on interdisciplinary collaboration, and for the transformative impact of universities, locally, nationally, and globally. In November 2016, Penn announced that President Gutmann’s contract had been extended to 2022, making her the longest-serving president in Penn’s history.

In her 2004 inaugural address, President Gutmann outlined a bold and ambitious vision for the University: the Penn Compact. Penn’s commitment to the three core values of the Penn Compact—Inclusion, Innovation, and Impact—has propelled the University forward during an era of dramatic change.