The Clough Colloquium was established through the generosity of Charles I. Clough ’64 and Gloria L. Clough, MDiv’90, MS’96. Chuck’s vision for the Colloquium was to introduce members of the BC Community to persons of high ethical standards who had become leaders in their respective fields. Through these speaking programs students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff would be exposed to first-hand knowledge of what it means to truly lead. Our goal is to offer these opportunities twice yearly, pulling leaders from all fields and backgrounds at both the national and international levels. Prominent Clough Colloquium guests have included Gov. Jon Hunstman; Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia; and Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian activist and lawyer. Visit our past speakers page to view the full list.
The State of the World: Challenges & Opportunities
United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2013-2017)
Thursday, March 22, 2018
4:00 PM | The Heights Room, Corcoran Center
Doors open at 3:30PM and seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis
The youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power has been a leading voice internationally for principled American engagement in the world. One of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” she has spent half of her career explaining complex geopolitical events as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and Harvard professor – and the last eight years helping to shape them. In April, 2017 she returned to teaching, as the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School, where she is writing a book, The Education of an Idealist, which will chronicle her years in public service and reflect on the role of human rights and humanitarian ideals in contemporary geopolitics.
As the 28th U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Power became the public face of U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, lobbied to secure the release of political prisoners, and helped mobilize global action against ISIL. From 2009 to 2013, she served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights.
Called by Forbes “a powerful crusader for U.S foreign policy as well as human rights and democracy,” Ambassador Power was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” The American Academy in Berlin awarded her the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize. “She has an excellent and analytical mind,” said Kissinger, “I admire the way she has faced our challenges.”