Thu, 22 Oct


Online Seminar

Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein in Conversation with Donna Lyons at Trinity College School of Law

Topic: 'If Trump Loses, What's Next for America?'

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Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein in Conversation with Donna Lyons at Trinity College School of Law

Time & Location

22 Oct 2020, 20:00 – 21:00 IST

Online Seminar

About the event

If Trump Loses - What's next for America?  

The Trinity College Dublin School of Law and Trinity Research in Social Sciences, with the support of the Society of Legal Scholars and Trinity Communications are delighted to announce this upcoming event with Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein.

On the day of the final Presidential Debate in the United States, Professor Sunstein and Ambassador Power will begin the session with a reading from their respective books, followed by a conversation, moderated by Dr Donna Lyons (School of Law), on the topic of the future of America post-Trump.

This event takes place as part of the Trinity Law School Author Series: Leading Authors in conversation with Donna Lyons. This will be Seminar 8 in the Series. 

Date and time: 8pm - 9pm Dublin/London, Thursday, 22 October 2020 (3-4pm EST)

Attendees can join the webinar directly via Zoom ( and the event will be simultaneously live-streamed on the Law School Facebook page ( This event is free and open to all. You can register on this website in advance to receive details and reminders but please note: the webinar can accommodate 500 attendees and participants will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. If the webinar fills to capacity, it will be possible to watch the Facebook Live Stream, and a recording will also be made available following the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Samantha Power is a Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. From 2013-2017, Power served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama's cabinet. From 2009-2013, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School. Power's book, "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Chasing the Flame: One Man's Fight to Save the World (2008) and The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir (2019), which was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, NPR, and TIME. Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. In 2018, he received the Holberg Prize from the government of Norway, sometimes described as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for law and the humanities. In 2020, the World Health Organization appointed him as Chair of its technical advisory group on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and after that, he served on the President's Review Board on Intelligence and Communications Technologies and on the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Board. Professor Sunstein is author of hundreds of articles and dozens of books, including Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008), Simpler: The Future of Government (2013), The Ethics of Influence (2015), #Republic (2017), Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide (2017), The Cost-Benefit Revolution (2018), On Freedom (2019), Conformity (2019), How Change Happens (2019), and Too Much Information (2020).

Trinity Research in the Social Sciences (TRiSS) was founded in 2015 as a vehicle to support and advance world-leading research in the social sciences at Trinity by bringing together social sciences researchers from across the University. TRiSS currently represents 14 disciplines involved in social science research across 8 different schools. Professor Ronan Lyons serves as Director of TRiSS.

The Society of Legal Scholars is a learned society with charitable status whose aim is the advancement of legal education and scholarship in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The SLS holds an annual conference each year, in addition to organising and/or sponsoring seminars and workshops throughout the year.

Those interested in the above event may also be interested in the Trinity Long Room Hub's upcoming event on 29 October 2020 entitled: 'Is There Still An American Dream?' All details available at:

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