When the incoming Freshman class at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado arrive on campus in Fall 2014, they will begin to read and study Sister Helen Prejean’s Dead Man Walking in different courses throughout the Fall semester. Sister Prejean’s memoir takes readers inside the United States’ death penalty system where she became the spiritual adviser to Patrick Sonnier, a man convicted of the murder of two teenagers and sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. Prejean’s moving narrative takes a critical eye to our death penalty system and asks how can a society benefit from replicating the violence it condemns.
The following piece was written by Rev. Joseph P. Marchese, Boston College’s Director of First-Year Experience in support of Colum McCann and his novel Let The Great World Spin: A Novel (Random House Trade Paperbacks, November 2009):
In September 2011, Boston College hosted author Colum McCann and featured his novel Let the Great World Spin at the University’s First Year Academic Convocation. This event is a rich tradition at Boston College, assembling the freshmen class in its totality for the first time, and tasking students with the charge to “Go, set the world aflame!” in the spirit of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Convocation speakers have featured authors, politicians, and other leaders including Dr. Paul Farmer, Tracy Kidder, Senator John McCain, Jeanette Walls, Ann Patchett, Bill Strickland, and in 2005, then Senator of Illinois, Barack Obama. Continue reading
Author Chimamada Ngozi Adiche makes a dramatic appearance on ***Flawless, a track from Beyonce’s newest album. ***Flawless samples selections from a talk Adiche gave at the TEDxEuston in London in 2013 titled, “We Should All Be Feminists.”
“Feminist: the person who believes in the social political, and economic equality of the sexes,” says Adiche, who further explores issues of race and gender in her newest novel Americanah. Adiche’s earlier TED talk “The Danger of a Single Story” is one of the most viewed TED videos of all time, and explains how easy it can be to misunderstand other cultures if we hear only a sole narrative about another person or country.