Public Service and Sacrifice: A Conversation with Shoshana Johnson, America's First Black Female Prisoner of War


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Shoshana Johnson
Setti Warren
Veterans Impact Initiative

Army Specialist Shoshana Johnson spent 22 days as a Prisoner of War when Iraqi forces ambushed her convoy in 2003. A single mother and Panamanian-American from Texas, she became the first woman POW of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first Black woman POW in American history. She wrote about her remarkable survival in I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S Soldier to Free Citizen - My Journey Home

Join us in the JFK Jr. Forum on Thursday, February 17, 2022, for a conversation with Shoshana Johnson, moderated by IOP Executive Director, Naval Intelligence Specialist, and Iraq War veteran Setti Warren, about her harrowing story, her pathway forward, and what national service means to her.  

This event is part of the Veterans Impact Initiative, a partnership among the Institute of Politics, Center for Public Leadership, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS Armed Forces Association, HLS Armed Forces Association, and the Harvard Veterans Alumni.

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Please register by 12:00 PM ET on Monday, February 14 if you would like the possibility of attending this event in-person. Registrants will be notified by 5:00 PM ET that day if a seat is available for them in the venue. If a seat is not available, registrants can stream the event live via our social media channels.

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The Institute of Politics will be strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols, including vaccination, testing, and quarantine guidelines. HKS buildings including the Forum are closed to people without a Harvard ID and attendance will be limited to the 100-person posted room capacity. RSVPs are required for in-person attendance. Masks must be worn at all times, except for quick sips of beverages. Food will not be allowed in the venue.