Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World by Eileen McNamara
Monday, April 8, 2019—Noon to 1:00pm
State Library of Massachusetts—Room 341, Massachusetts State House
Although Eunice Kennedy Shriver may not have been the most well-known member of the Kennedy family, Ms. McNamara’s book argues that she has left behind the Kennedy family’s most profound political legacy. As the visionary founder of the Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver changed the lives of millions of people around the world with intellectual disabilities. This comprehensive biography draws from never-before-seen private papers, including diaries, letters, speeches, and drafts of legislation, which reveal a legacy of social activism that began long before that of Eunice’s more famous brothers.
Author Eileen McNamara is Director of the Journalism Program at Brandeis University and has been a journalism professor since 2007. Previously, she spent nearly thirty years as a journalist at The Boston Globe, where she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and also contributed to the coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. Ms. McNamara is the author of two previous books and is the recipient of numerous writing and public service awards.
Ms. McNamara will be selling and signing copies of Eunice at the conclusion of her talk. For more information about the State Library and our Author Talk series, please visit our website at www.mass.gov/lib.
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