The State of the US

Samantha Power in conversation with Áine Lawlor

Available now to watch online, or listen on the First Thought podcast

How do we think about the domestic situation in the United States, and America’s role in the world, as the November 2020 presidential election approaches?

After the historic presidency of the country’s first black leader, his successor has taken the country in a radically different direction – and there is great uncertainty about what comes next, in the midst of a devastating pandemic, burgeoning movement for racial justice, and increasingly tense presidential campaign that many see as one of the most important in American history.

Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, Harvard professor, and US Ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama from 2013-2017, will discuss the current state of America and her recent fascinating memoir, The Education of an Idealist, with Áine Lawlor, broadcaster and journalist.

Samantha Power and Áine Lawlor will participate in this event via video.

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All talks will be live-streamed on Galway International Arts Festival's Facebook and YouTube channels and available to watch later on our Talks page.

Some talks will also be available in podcast form on Galway International Arts Festival's new podcast, First Thought.

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