TITLE: Rosalynn Carter Book Talk
SPEAKER: Rep. Patrick Kennedy , Rosalynn Carter
EVENT DATE: 2010/05/05
RUNNING TIME: 49 minutes
Former First lady Rosalynn Carter came to the Library on May 10 to discuss her new book, "Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis" (Rodale Press). Her Books & Beyond program, sponsored by the Center for the Book, drew an invited audience of friends and fans to the Montpelier Room. Commenting on mental health issues, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) preceded Mrs. Carter's lecture.
Speaker Biography: Patrick J. Kennedy is serving his eighth term in Congress as the representative from the First District of Rhode Island. Born July 14, 1967, in Brighton, Mass. The youngest of three children of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Joan Bennett Kennedy, he came to Rhode Island to attend Providence College, where he graduated with a degree in Social Science in 1991. He was elected to the R.I. House of Representatives in 1988 at the age of 21, and then re-elected in 1990 and 1992. Kennedy served on both the Health, Education and Welfare and Special Legislative Committees and in 1992 was named chairman of the House Rules Committee. As part of his Appropriations duties, Kennedy sits on the Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; and on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. He is also a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Speaker Biography: Eleanor Rosalynn Smith Carter born August 18, 1927, commonly known as Rosalynn Carter, is the wife of the former President of the United States Jimmy Carter. As First Lady and after, she has been a leading advocate for numerous causes, perhaps most prominently for mental health research. On July 7, 1946, Rosalynn married Jimmy Carter in Plains, Georgia. In 1953, after her husband left the Navy, she helped him run the family peanut farming and warehousing business, handling the accounting responsibilities. Since 1962, the year Jimmy Carter was elected to the Georgia State Senate, Carter has been active in the political arena. Helping her husband win the governorship of Georgia in 1970, Mrs. Carter decided to focus her attention as First Lady of Georgia on the field of mental health. Her husband appointed her to the Governor's Commission to Improve Services for the Mentally and Emotionally Handicapped. Jimmy Carter was elected president on November 2, 1976. He served from 1977 to 1981. After leaving the White House in 1981, Carter went on to co-found The Carter Center, a private non-profit institution based in Atlanta. The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) was established in 1987 and works to address issues related to caregiving in America and internationally. Carter has written five books, has recieved numerous awards and honorary degrees for her years of service.