By Caroline Ahearn
The 52nd annual Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, November 2 at 8 p.m. in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. The Hanify-Howland Committee aims to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in dedication to public service and initiation of intellectual discourse and dialogue among the Holy Cross community. The twelve-student committee founded in 1965 serves to select the speaker for the College’s annual keynote lecture. For 2017-2018, the Committee is led by faculty advisor Melissa Boyle, co-chaired by Peter Carty ‘18 and Victoria Tutino ‘19, and includes Christopher Fox ‘18, Matthew McIvor ‘18, Daniel Daley ‘18, Sarah Barrett ‘18, David Smith ‘18, Eliza Oak ‘19, John Swartzwelder ‘19, Katherine Lenahan ‘19, Devyn McHugh ‘19, Spencer Caron ‘20, and Christian Realbuto ‘20.
This year’s talk will be given by former UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, and is titled “Why Human Rights Matter More Than Ever.”
Samantha Power served as the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017, and is the youngest person ever to do so. During her tenure, she became the public face of U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in Syria and Ukraine, lobbied for and secured the release of political prisoners, helped to mobilize global action against the Islamic State, helped persuade President Obama to intervene militarily in Libya, and negotiated tough sanctions against North Korea. Power’s office also focused on human rights issues such as women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, refugees, human trafficking, religious freedom, and spreading democracy in places such as the Middle East, North Africa, Sudan, and Myanmar.
In addition to her work for the U.S. government, Power has also worked as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a journalist, and a professor at Harvard University. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. In 2004, she was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People and in 2016, she was listed as the 41st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine, who called her “a powerful crusader for U.S. foreign policy as well as human rights and democracy.”
Along with giving the lecture, which is free and open to the public, Samantha Power will also hold a small group seminar on the afternoon of November 2 to speak with and answer questions from Holy Cross students.