14th Tsai Lecture; co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Korea Institute, the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Tsai Lecture Fund, Harvard University Asia Center
The Honorable Caroline Kennedy
Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Caroline Kennedy was the first woman to serve as United States Ambassador to Japan. Her tenure from November 2013 to January 2017 was marked by the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the historic visits of President Barak Obama to Hiroshima and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Pearl Harbor. As Ambassador, Kennedy supported economic empowerment of women and worked to increase student exchanges between the United States and Japan. She strengthened cultural ties between countries through the International Poetry Exchange Project (IPEP), a program she co-founded that brought together high school students from New York City, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines with the goal of promoting cross-cultural dialogues through the exchange of poetry.
Kennedy is an attorney and the author/editor of eleven books on such subjects as law, civics, and poetry. From 2002 to 2013, Kennedy played a leading role in New York City school reform efforts, heading the Office of Strategic Partnerships and serving as Vice Chairwoman of the Fund for Public Schools. She currently serves as Honorary President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and is Co-Chair of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Harvard Institute of Politics. She is also a Director of the Boeing Company and a Trustee of the US-Japan Foundation and the Asia Society.
Ticketed event. Admission is by ticket only. Ticketing to the event in the Tsai Auditorium is closed.
Event can be viewed via live simulcast in the Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building