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Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to Speak at 2014 Commencement

Samantha Power, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, will be the guest speaker and receive an honorary degree at the University of Vermont’s 2014 spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18, on the University Green.

Ambassador Power, a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, has held the post of U.N. Ambassador since August 2013. She formerly served as special assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council.

Power is an accomplished journalist, 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). She has reported from such places as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Power has been a columnist for Time Magazine and contributed regularly to the New Yorker Magazine, the New York Review of Books and the New Republic.

A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Power also served as the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she taught courses on U.S. foreign policy, human rights, and extremism and where she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

“We are deeply pleased that Ambassador Power will join us in celebrating the graduation of the University of Vermont Class of 2014,” said President Tom Sullivan. “We look forward to welcoming her to Vermont and having Ambassador Power share with our community the inspiration and insight of an individual with such a diverse array of accomplishments as a leader, writer and scholar.”