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Saturday, October 13 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
On Leadership

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What makes a good leader? Expertise? Wisdom? Personality? It’s hard to imagine a more qualified group to explore the question of leadership. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new work, Leadership in Turbulent Times, examines the qualities and traits of four past presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. She maintains that although they differed enormously in background and abilities, all were guided by a deep sense of moral purpose and the desire to improve the lives of others. Senator John Kerry's memoir, Every Day Is Extra, tells his story: decorated Vietnam War vet, prosecutor, five-term US senator, presidential candidate, and Secretary of State. He has served in positions of leadership and has been close to power his entire life. None other than Samantha Power, former US Ambassador to the UN under President Obama and author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, will moderate. This trifecta of luminaries will discuss our leaders past, present, and future in what is sure to be a highlight of BBF 2018. Sponsored by the Plymouth Rock Foundation and Cathy and Jim Stone. 

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Samantha Power

Samantha Power has played a significant role in shaping the global politics of the last decade. From 2013 to 2017, Power was the US permanent representative to the United Nations.  In this capacity, she also served as a member of President Obama’s cabinet. She took part in negotiating... Read More →

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times-bestselling books, including The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden... Read More →
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John Kerry

A statesman, senator, lawyer, and veteran, John Kerry has served his country in myriad ways for the last fifty years. He served as secretary of state under Barack Obama, from 2013 to 2017. He also served as a senator for Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013, during which he continually... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Old South Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA