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A group of accomplished alumni returned to Harvard Kennedy School on Monday night (Sept. 10) to share their insights and stories of public service during a Forum event moderated by HKS Dean David Ellwood.
"Ask What You Can Do: Inspiring Public Service" featured panelists:
• Paula Broadwell MC/MPA 2008, U.S. Army Reserve Major, Assistant Professor (U.S. Military Academy), and author;
• Stephen Donnelly MPA/ID 2008, Member of Parliament, (Independent TD) for Wicklow and East Carlow (Ireland); and
• Peter J. Koutoujian MC/MPA 2002, Sheriff, Middlesex County (Massachusetts).
"Public service is so central to everything that we do here at the Kennedy School," said Ellwood as the program began. "Everyone [at HKS] really does believe in making the world a better place, and really believes in making a difference."
Donnelly, who ran for a seat in the Irish Parliament just as the recession was taking a deep toll on his native country, admitted that the challenges may be great, but he does not regret his decision to enter political life.
"What gets me up in the morning is trying to help my country get through a very difficult period," he said.
The Forum event coincided with the first full week of the Fall semester.