On Monday, April 2, the History, Philosophy, Religion, and Social Sciences department hosted Dr. Kerry Murphy Healey who presented the Stevenson Lecture. Since 1976, the annual lecture, named for Illinois governor, two-time 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.
Dr. Healey is the current President of Babson College, the first woman to hold that office. Since her appointment in 2013, she has led the college in creating a curriculum that prepares students to use entrepreneurship as a tool for creating both economic and social value, aiming to improve both individual lives and whole communities. She also established Babson's Global Scholars program to provide expanded access to entrepreneurship education.
While serving as Lt. Governor of Massachusetts from 2003-2007, she collaborated on ground-breaking health care reform legislation for the state with Governor Mitt Romney. A leading advocate for the expansion of women's rights and higher education in Afghanistan, she serves as trustee of the American University of Afghanistan. Dr. Healey holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Political Science and Law from Trinity College, Dublin.
In her remarks, Dr. Healey focused on two important questions: "What makes entrepreneurs different?" and "What difference can entrepreneurs make?" She shared stories from her own experience in politics and as president of Babson, bringing home the idea that entrepreneurs can be catalysts for social change.
This year's Junior Fellow was Sarah Bonnem '19, who delivered a brief interpretation of the life and work of Adlai Stevenson before Dr. Healey's address.