Athens, Ga. – Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, a granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, will take questions from audience members about public policy and the Roosevelts on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 11:30 a.m. in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium in the Georgia Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public.
The dialogue with Roosevelt on the theme “Conversations: What Would Franklin and Eleanor Say?” is the keynote event in the fifth annual Policy Day held every October in the School of Social Work. The purpose of Policy Day is to facilitate policy discussions between social work students, faculty, staff, community leaders, practicing social workers and clients. Students in several policy classes have been studying the significance of the New Deal and the leadership of President and Mrs. Roosevelt as major leaders in post-depression era America.
“This is an historic event for the School of Social Work and for our university to have Anna Roosevelt, the granddaughter of two of the world’s greatest leaders, speaking directly to our students about the Roosevelts. President Roosevelt put into place the continuing major safety net for our society, which has stood the test of time even while under continual assault,” said June Gary Hopps, the Parham Professor of Family and Children Studies in the School of Social Work and the founder of Policy Day.
Anna Roosevelt is vice president of Global Corporate Citizenship for The Boeing Company and provides philosophical and strategic direction to a network of U.S. and international community investors.
Before joining Boeing, she served as executive director of the Brain Research Foundation, an affiliate of The University of Chicago. From 1996 through 1998 she was director of the Mayor’s Office of Program Development for the City of Chicago.
She is the daughter of the late James Roosevelt, eldest son of President Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. She is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in art and art history, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a master’s degree in library science.
A display of social work students’ posters on social policy issues will be on view in Tucker Hall throughout the day.