Wakefield lecture series to explore leadership

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

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