Fall 2013 LBJ/Common Experience Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker: Patrick Kennedy
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Evans Auditorium
The Common Experience Committee is pleased to announce that Patrick J. Kennedy will speak on campus to support the 2013 Common Experience theme “Minds Matter: Exploring Mental Health & Illness.”
Mr. Kennedy, son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, served 16 years in the U.S. Congress as a Representative for Rhode Island. During that time, he co-sponsored the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 that prohibits health insurance policies from placing limits on psychiatric care. After leaving office in 2011, Kennedy co-founded One Mind for Research, a non-profit group that promotes brain research. And in 2013, he established The Kennedy Forum to bring people together for improved mental health advocacy work.
After participating in the National Conference on Mental Health called by President Barack Obama in June, Kennedy said “Today’s event at the White House should form the beginning of a national conversation on mental health that will allow us to finally remove the stigma surrounding mental illness and continue tackling a number of pressing mental health challenges.”
Mr. Kennedy’s presence on campus and furtherance of that national conversation will come during the October 2013 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s landmark Community Mental Health Act that laid groundwork for mental health policies in the United States today. Four years later, Texas State alumnus President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Mental Health Amendments of 1967 that furthered mental health services in the United States.
For further information on events associated with Patrick Kennedy’s visit, and other activities supporting the 2013 Common Experience theme, contact the Common Experience Office at 512.245.7952.
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