Samantha Power is an Irish-American historian, journalist, lawyer and activist studying, covering and fighting genocide and mass murder. Yes, she is an idealist and a dreamer – and she is not ashamed to show it. But she also is a great scientist, a sober realist and most of all a clear eyed pragmatist.

Her question to anyone who cares is: What’s the point of building memorials or teaching ‘Never again!’ to our children, if we don’t finally put an end to mass murder wherever it’s happening? Is it really because we can’t? Or is it just because we don’t seriously try? And she isn’t waiting for an answer…

Watch her talk about her book, “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide”, on University of California TV :

Conversations on History: Samantha Power

“On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler is joined by journalist, lawyer, and human rights activist Samantha Power who examines the failure of U.S. foreign policy throughout the twentieth century to respond to genocide in Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda.