Patrick & Amy Kennedy to Speak in Eisenhower Auditorium March 22
Patrick and Amy Kennedy will visit Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium March 22 at 8 p.m., presented by Penn State’s Student Programming Association’s (SPA) Lectures Committee, in collaboration with the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA).
The Honorable Patrick Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and has been an active voice on mental illness, addiction, and similar brain diseases. As a representative of Rhode Island, Kennedy has fought to end medical and societal discrimination against those illnesses.
As the last name suggests, Kennedy is the son of the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy as well as the nephew of President John F. Kennedy.
Following his father’s death, Kennedy left Congress and now devotes his career to advocating brain diseases. He founded the Kennedy Forum, an organization uniting the community of mental health, and is the co-founder of One Mind for Research, a leader in open science collaboration in brain research.
Amy Kennedy has spent her career in education policy, practice, and politics. She’s had over 15 years of experience working in public schools and is an alumna of Penn State, earning a Bachelor of Science in elementary education as well as a Masters of Science in environmental education from Nova Southeastern University.
Kennedy now serves as the Education Director for The Kennedy Forum, and provides consultation services to aid in facilitating policy changes in the areas of mental health and education. In addition to her duties as Education Director, Kennedy sits on the board of Mental Health in America, an advocacy organization focused on providing a platform for people with mental health conditions and addictions.
Penn State students interested in attending the lecture can pick up tickets at all Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) ticket locations with a valid student ID at a date closer to the event. Remaining tickets will be available to the general public a week prior to the event. Be sure to check the Student Programming Association’s social media accounts to find out when tickets will be available.
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