On Thursday, March 23, the History, Philosophy, Religion, and Social Sciences department hosted The Hon. Margot Botsford '65 who presented the Stevenson Lecture.
Since 1976 the lecture, named for Illinois governor, presidential candidate, and UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson II '18, has brought to campus speakers who have made a distinguished contribution to public life and who might inspire students to public service. Judge Botsford, who retired earlier this month as Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, shared stories from her time at Rosemary Hall and about the path that led her to a life of public service, first as an assistant attorney general and assistant district attorney, and then as a Superior Court judge and SJC justice.
She closed with a call for students to consider public service not only because of the unique opportunities that it offers, but also for the important role it plays in improving our communities and nation. Also speaking on Thursday night, was Lily James '17, Stevenson Junior Fellow, who spoke about Stevenson's career and values, exhorting the audience to, like Stevenson, "work until they had holes in the bottom of their shoes."