"A Good Man: Faith, Hope and Love in Action," Presidential Guest Series lecture by Mark Shriver

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Contact: Eric Walsh · etwalsh@loyno.edu · 504-865-2304

Location: Roussel Performance Hall, 2nd Floor, Comm./Music Complex

Mark K. Shriver is Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Senior Advisor to the CEO at Save the Children, where he leads a cross-agency effort to motivate and mobilize Americans to make children at home and abroad a national priority.  Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” was published in June 2012 and received a 2013 Christopher Award.

In this intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, Mark K. Shriver discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father and applies them to his own life.

When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver—founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson's War on Poverty—died in 2011 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer's, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. These tributes, which extolled the daily kindness and humanity of "a good man," moved his son Mark far more than those who lauded Sarge for his big-stage, headline-making accomplishments. After a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, Mark instead turns to a search for the secret of his father's joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose. Mark discovers notes and letters from Sarge; hears personal stories from friends and family that zero in on the three guiding principles of Sarge's life—faith, hope, and love—and recounts moments with Sarge that now take on new value and poignancy. In the process, Mark discovers much about himself, as a father, as a husband, and as a social justice advocate. A Good Man is an inspirational and deeply personal story about a son discovering the true meaning of his father's legacy.

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