Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Author Mark Shriver memorializes father Sargent Shriver in new book

Updated on 10/24/2012 12:03:13 PM.

By: Elizabeth Turner

The Nashville Public Library held an Author Talk reading and book-signing with Mark Shriver on Thursday, Oct. 11, during which he discussed his book, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver. Talking with Shriver about the book were Governor Phil Bredesen and John Seigenthaler.

Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver played important roles in our Kennedy Center history. The Shrivers credited Dr. Susan Gray’s Early Training Project -- which they visited here -- as the inspiration for Head Start. The Shrivers and Mrs. Rose Kennedy attended the ceremony at our founding, and they served on the Center’s National Advisory Committee in the early years. The Shrivers were here to celebrate the Center’s 30th anniversary.

Several staff members and familiar faces of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center were on hand to listen to the discussion. Pictured from left are Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair and Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and Professor of Psychology & Human Development, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics; Edward Nesbitt, Next Steps at Vanderbilt graduate; and author Mark Shriver.

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