FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network, will discuss his career in public service at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts as part of the university’s signature lecture series, “Open VISIONS Forum.”
Shriver’s discussion, “Faith and Public Service,” is the last forum event of the 2015-16 season and celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Center for Faith and Public Life. Shriver’s career as a politician and advocate fighting for social justice and in support of service organizations has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood. As president of Save the Children Action Network, Shriver leads the effort to mobilize Americans to make the welfare of children at home and abroad a national priority.
"I am honored to be at Fairfield University for the 10th anniversary of the Center for Faith and Public Life,” Shriver said. “The Jesuit mission of service for and with others has never been more important in our country and indeed our world, as Pope Francis reminds us daily. I am looking forward to listening to the students and greater Fairfield community and sharing a few ideas with them."
Save the Children Action Network’s goals are to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths globally and ensure every child in the United States has access to high-quality early childhood education.
Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003 as vice president for U.S. programs and created the agency’s early childhood development, literacy and health programs in the United States. Under his leadership, the programs expanded to 220 schools in 17 states, benefiting 165,000 children, including more than 400 children at four Head Start centers. He became president of the network in 2014, and leads a team of government relations, mobilization, political action and communications staff.
Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” was published in 2012 and received a 2013 Christopher Award. Shriver has been widely covered and published in the national media, including Newsweek, Time and The Huffington Post.
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