Virtual Event: Anne-Marie Slaughter
From Crisis to Transformation
in Our Lives, Work, and Politics
in conversation with FATEMA SUMAR
September 7, 2021
7:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER—CEO of renowned think tank New America and author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family—for a discussion of her latest book, Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics. She will be joined in conversation by FATEMA SUMAR, Vice President of Compact Operations at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation and author of the forthcoming memoir, The Development Diplomat: Working Across Borders, Boardrooms, and Bureaucracies to End Poverty.
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Like much of the world, America is deeply divided over identity, equality, and history. Renewal is Anne-Marie Slaughter’s candid and deeply personal account of how her own odyssey opened the door to an important new understanding of how we as individuals, organizations, and nations can move backward and forward at the same time, facing the past and embracing a new future.
Weaving together personal stories and reflections with insights from the latest research in the social sciences, Slaughter recounts a difficult time of self‐examination and growth in the wake of a crisis that changed the way she lives, leads, and learns. She connects her experience to our national crisis of identity and values as the country looks into a four-hundred-year-old mirror and tries to confront and accept its full reflection. The promise of the Declaration of Independence has been hollow for so many for so long. That reckoning is the necessary first step toward renewal. The lessons here are not just for America. Slaughter shows how renewal is possible for anyone who is willing to see themselves with new eyes and embrace radical honesty, risk, resilience, interdependence, grace, and vision.
Part personal journey, part manifesto, Renewal offers hope tempered by honesty and is essential reading for citizens, leaders, and the change makers of tomorrow.
Praise for Renewal
“At a time of painful societal division, Renewal offers a way forward that combines necessary historical reckoning with hope, pride, and an inspiring vision for a fairer and more productive America. It’s also a powerful story of leadership and transformation, with lessons for making significant positive impact on the world.” —Reid Hoffman, cofounder of Linkedin and coauthor of Blitzscaling
“Slaughter offers a brilliant vision of a twenty-first-century American patriotism grounded in an allegiance to our founding principles of equality and liberty while celebrating the place in our national culture for a plurality of voices.” —US Congressman Ro Khanna
“Renewal delivers a luminous call to action, aspiration, and accountability. Anne-Marie Slaughter argues, as only she can, that to build a better America, we must examine ourselves—and her personal, introspective storytelling offers hope for a path forward.” —Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation
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