Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to Speak at Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series at Mount Ida College

February 19, 2014, Newton, MA—Mount Ida College is pleased to announce that Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will be the featured speaker at its Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. on campus at the Campus Center Theater. Her lecture entitled, “Women Taking Power Seriously” is free and open to the members of the Mount Ida Community and general public.

“We are honored to offer our students the opportunity to engage with Ms. Kennedy Townsend, a national leader. Her career illustrates there are many pathways to success. From serving as the first woman Lieutenant Governor of Maryland to her work exploring the connections between faith and the fight for a fairer society, Kennedy Townsend’s journey is as insightful as her accomplishments,” noted Barry Brown, President for Mount Ida College.


About Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Before being elected Lt. Governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. She helped design and launch the nationally acclaimed Police Corps, a program that gives college scholarships to young people who pledge to work as police officers for four years after graduating.

Kennedy Townsend serves on a number of non-profit boards.  She is the chairman of the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland and serves on the board of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Points of Light Foundation, National Catholic Reporter, and the Character Education Partnership, among others.  While serving as the chairman of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, she created the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.  Mrs. Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Kathleen has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government where she focused her efforts on faith and public life.  Mrs. Townsend is an honors graduate of Harvard University, and holds a law degree from the University of New Mexico where she was a member of the law review. She has received ten honorary degrees and has published several articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Washington Monthly, among others.

About the Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series

The Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1990 to engage in prominent individuals to provide lectures on selected topics to the Mount Ida community and the community-at-large.  The series is named after dear friends of the College, the late William Steele Wadsworth, a member of the Board of Overseers of the College, and his wife the late Arlene Graham Wadsworth, an alumna of the Class of 1920.  Previous Wadsworth Lecture speakers include Arthur R. Miller, Andrew Card and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., to name a few.

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at www.mountida.edu.