The Honorable Caroline Kennedy-Reflections on My Time as Ambassador
Location: S010, Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA
Co-sponsors: Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Korea Institute, Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University , Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Tsai Lecture Fund, Harvard University Asia Center
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Event can be viewed via live simulcast in the Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building.
14th Tsai Lecture
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.