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Friday
27
APR

University Club Luncheon w/ Eileen McNamara

12:00
13:15
The Book Stall
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We are delighted to partner with the University Club of Chicago to present Eileen McNamara, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who, in her new book, "Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World," examines the life and times of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, arguing she left behind the Kennedy family's most profound political legacy. For tickets and more info about this luncheon, please call us at 847-446-8880.

While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford-educated daughter Eunice was tapping her father's fortune and her brothers' political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movements of our time on behalf of millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Now, in Eunice, Eileen McNamara finally brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers' shadow to show an officious, cigar-smoking, indefatigable woman of unladylike determination and deep compassion born of rage: at the medical establishment that had no answers for her sister Rosemary; at the revered but dismissive father whose vision for his family did not extend beyond his sons; and at the government that failed to deliver on America's promise of equality.

Granted access to never-before-seen private papers--from the scrapbooks Eunice kept as a schoolgirl in prewar London to her thoughts on motherhood and feminism--McNamara paints a vivid portrait of a woman both ahead of her time and out of step with it: the visionary founder of the Special Olympics, a devout Catholic in a secular age, and a formidable woman whose impact on American society was as great as of any of the Kennedy men.

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