Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Featured Speaker March 12

Siena Heights Hosts 7th Annual Chiodini/Fontana Lecture Series on Ethics

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the eldest daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, is the featured speaker at 7th annual Chiodini/Fontana Lecture Series on Ethics, scheduled for March 12, at Siena Heights University.Townsend-KK--Photo-(NEW).jpg


Her lecture, based on her latest book, Failing America's Faithful; How Today's Churches are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Francoeur Theatre on the SHU campus. The event is free and open to the public. After the lecture, there will be a public reception and book signing in the Stubnitz Lab Theater.


Townsend recently served two terms as Maryland’s lieutenant governor from 1995-2003. She narrowly lost a bid to become Maryland’s first woman governor in 2002. She has made a national name for herself as an advocate of victims’ rights. As lieutenant governor, she was also at the forefront on issues such as quality education and healthcare.


She is the founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, the former chair of the Board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, on the 4th of July, she is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University and a graduate of the University of New Mexico Law School.


Named in memory of Emilio Chiodini and Mildred Fontana, parents of Siena Heights friend Catherine Reuther, the lecture series was established to give students and the community an opportunity to reflect on matters of moral significance affecting today’s society. The series explores theoretical issues in ethics, current issues of moral importance and the nature and meaning of Catholic identity.


For more information, contact 517-264-7141 or email dgoodnou@sienaheights.edu.


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