American Book Award Winner MacDonald to Speak at Hakim Lecture Series
October 02, 2012
Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion, will discuss "Finding Peace and Justice in Southie," at the annual Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture on Tuesday, October 16th. The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall.
MacDonald grew up in South Boston's Old Colony housing project. After losing four siblings and seeing his generation decimated by poverty, crime, and addiction, he became a leading Boston activist, helping launch many antiviolence initiatives, including gun-buyback programs. He continues to work for social change nationally, collaborating with survivor families and young people. MacDonald won the American Book Award in 2000 and he has written numerous essays for the Boston Globe Op-Ed Page and has completed the screenplay of All Souls for director Ron Shelton. He is currently Author-in-Residence at Northeastern University and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
This annual lecture series was established by Dr. Raymond Hakim in honor of his late wife, Catherine McLaughlin Hakim '70. A sociology major at Emmanuel, Catherine studied under longtime sociology professor Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND, who left an especially indelible mark on her student experience. The lecture series commemorates Catherine's life, her fondness for Emmanuel, and the relationships she formed at the College and continued to maintain throughout her life. The Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Sociology. Lectures focus on issues of sociology, social justice and public policy on the local, national and international levels.
Register for the lecture here: emmanuel.edu/HakimLecture