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NPR's Linda Wertheimer to Interview Nannerl Keohane about Leadership

Feb 21, 2011 (All day)
Audience: 
Open to the Public

"Thinking about Leadership" will be the topic of a discussion with Nannerl Keohane, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs at the School and president emerita of Wellesley College and Duke University, and Linda Wertheimer, Senior National Correspondent at NPR and Wellesley graduate, at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 21, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Keohane’s new book, Thinking about Leadership, will serve as the backdrop for the interview. The book explores the characteristics of leaders over the ages, examining personal attributes -- such as judgment, decisiveness, integrity, social skills, intelligence and gender -- and how those play in one's ability to attain power. It also reveals the complex relationship between leaders and their followers, including why followers matter significantly in successful ventures.

Keohane writes and teaches about political philosophy, leadership and feminist theory. She served as the eleventh president of Wellesley College (1981 to 1993) and the eighth president of Duke University (1993 to 2004).

She is the author of Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University and Philosophy and the State in France: The Renaissance to the Enlightenment, and co-editor of Feminist Theory: a Critique of Ideology. She has been vice-president of the American Political Science Association and on the editorial boards of The American Political Science Review, Ethics, Political Theory and Signs. Keohane has taught at Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University, where she was chair of the faculty senate and won the Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university's highest teaching honor.

She has three times been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, on whose board she now serves. In 1995 Keohane was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Harvard Corporation and chairs the Board of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Wertheimer joined NPR at the network's inception in 1971, and served as All Things Considered's first director starting with its debut in that same year. From 1974 to 1989, she provided award-winning coverage of national politics and Congress for NPR, serving as its congressional and then national political correspondent. In 1976, she became the first woman to anchor network coverage of a presidential nomination convention and election night.

In 1995, Wertheimer shared in an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award given to NPR for its coverage of the first 100 days of the 104th Congress, the period that followed the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress. Wertheimer has received numerous journalism awards, including awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for her anchoring of The Iran-Contra Affair: a Special Report; from American Women in Radio/TV for her story Illegal Abortion; and from the American Legion for NPR's coverage of the Panama Treaty debates.

A 1965 graduate of Wellesley College, Wertheimer received its highest alumni honor in 1985, the Distinguished Alumna Achievement Award.

A book signing and public reception will follow the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. To receive notification about all our events, please sign up for our events e-newsletter

 

02.21.2011
"Thinking about Leadership" was the topic of a discussion with Nannerl Keohane, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs at the School and president emerita of Wellesley College and Duke University, and Linda Wertheimer, Senior National Correspondent at NPR and Wellesley graduate, at 4:30 p.m. on...