Kerry Kennedy: "Speak Truth to Power"
Mills Godwin Jr. Building - Auditorium
President's Lecture Series
Kerry Kennedy, author of the book "Speak Truth To Power," highlights issues of human rights during times when the United States is recovering from terrorist attacks and engaging in war with Iraq. She frames her discussion within the notion of maintaining homeland security while upholding and valuing the civil rights of citizens. Women's issues, particularly domestic violence, are mentioned as one area in which Americans are challenged to maintain nationalistic ideologies.
The daughter of Ethel Kennedy and the late Robert F. Kennedy, she served as executive director and is now on the board of directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, a nonprofit organization she organized in 1988 that addresses the problems of social justice. She also directed the National Juvenile Justice Project, which helps cities create more effective and less costly programs for dealing with young offenders, and the RFK Journalism and RFK Book Awards, which recognize authors who prod the public conscience and expose the problems of the dispossessed.
Chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council, Kennedy is a judge for the Reebok Human Rights Award and serves on the boards of Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and the Bloody Sunday Trust. She is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bar associations.
Kennedy, Kerry, "Kerry Kennedy: "Speak Truth to Power"" (2003). President's Lecture Series. 52.