Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Tom Brady, and the makings of great leaders are the topics that will be explored when Wakefield holds its annual Sweetser Lecture Series this spring.

In a tradition dating to 1885, the town presents three talks on varied topics each year. The 2019 series kicks off March 27 when Eileen McNamara, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe columnist and currently director of the journalism program at Brandeis University, speaks on her book, “Eunice: the Kennedy Who Changed the World.”

She will be followed on April 9 by Nancy Koehn, an author, historian, and Harvard Business School professor, who will speak on her book, “Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times,” which discusses how great leaders emerge by focusing on the lives of Ernest Shackleton, President Abraham Lincoln, abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and environmental pioneer Rachel Carson.


Casey Sherman, a bestselling author, journalist, and screenwriter, will close out the series April 24 when he speaks about the book he coauthored with Dave Wedge, “12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight for Redemption.”

All three lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Savings Bank Theatre at Wakefield Memorial High School, 60 Farm St. Tickers are $10 for a single lecture, $25 for the series. For more information, visit sites.google.com/site/sweetserlectureseries.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.