When you donate $20 to the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, you will receive a copy of Samantha Power’s New York Times-bestselling memoir, The Education of an Idealist, which inspired the March 17, 2021 event. 

This memoir asks the question: What can one person do? At a time of upheaval and division, Samantha Power offers an urgent response to this question —and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives.

Themes discussed in the memoir are aligned with social issues explored in the Humanity Gallery within the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s museum at historic Union Terminal. In The Education of an Idealist, Power explains how she coined the term “upstander,” and how we all have the opportunity to be upstanders in unique ways. Upstanders are individuals who stand up for others and their rights. They fight against injustice and unfairness, and they use their character strengths to inspire action and become the best of humanity today.

“Every day, almost all of us find ourselves weighing whether we can or should do something to help others,” Power writes in the book. “We decide, on issues large and small, whether we will be bystanders or upstanders.”

Humorous and deeply honest, The Education of an Idealist lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life and shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with the challenge of raising two young children. Along the way, she illuminates the intricacies of politics and geopolitics, reminding us how the United States can lead in the world, and why we each have the opportunity to advance the cause of human dignity. Power’s memoir is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism—and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.

Donate today and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center will ship the book to you.