With her book The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir, Samantha Power – Barack Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations from 2013-2017, Pulitzer Prize winner and human rights advocate – has written an intimate, powerful, and galvanizing memoir. The book traces Power’s distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official during the Obama administration. The reader follows her as she navigates the halls of power while trying to put her ideals into practice.

During this evening, Samantha Power will be joined by Karel van Oosterom, the Netherlands’ Permanent Representative to the UN in New York since 2013. Van Oosterom recently published Met een Oranje Das (With an Orange Tie), about his experiences as the Dutch representative to the Security Council in 2018. Both their books, hers with the title Leerschool van een idealist, were published by Atlas Contact.

Together, in conversation with moderator Chris Kijne, they will explore the intricacies of the United Nations, the Security Council and personal ideals, and how to make a difference in the world.

Click here and use discountcode JOHNADAMS2020 to buy Education of an Idealist at Athenaeum Boekhandel. Click here for the Dutch translation, and here for Van Oosteroms book (no discount available).

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Programme seriesJohn Adams Institute

In collaboration with the John Adams Institute we invite the best and the brightest from a multitude of disciplines – novelists, politicians, historians, scientists, screenwriters, poets, photographers and tech wizards – to the Netherlands to talk about their work, their thoughts, their insights.