About Ted Sorensen


Theodore C. "Ted" Sorensen

The Ethics Center's Sorensen Fellowship program honors Theodore C. "Ted" Sorensen (1928-2010) for his lifelong commitment to public service and for his ten years as founding chair of the Center's International Advisory Board.

Ted Sorensen was policy advisor, legal counsel, and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy. He practiced international law for four decades, and was a widely published author on the presidency and foreign affairs.

The Sorensen Fellowship seeks to engage Brandeis undergraduates with constructive social change on the international stage, an appropriate tribute to Ted Sorensen.

Read a profile of Ted Sorensen in the Summer/Fall 2009 issue of Ethics Central [PDF].

Read Center Director Dan Terris' tribute to Ted Sorensen, "A Counselor's Wisdom," in the Winter/Spring 2009 issue of Ethics Central [PDF].

Days before President Obama's inaugural address in January 2009, Ted Sorensen reflected on his service for President John F. Kennedy and examined recent inaugural addresses at an event hosted at Brandeis by the Ethics Center called "From ‘Ask not...’ to ‘Yes we can,’
 JFK’s Speechwriter on What Makes Inaugural Addresses Great." Video of the event is available online.

Read more about Ted Sorensen's 2008 memoir Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History.