Dorothy Day Lecture Series

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Inaugural Speaker – Sister Simone Campbell, SSS

Dorothy Day Lecture SeriesSr. Simone is the Executive Director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, as well as the leader of NETWORK’s successful “Nuns on the Bus” tours. Last year the group’s efforts focused on protesting federal budget cuts to the poor, and this year they have tackled immigration reform. For more information on their efforts, visit

Sr. Simone, a noted public speaker on policy and advocacy, is also a lawyer, a poet and a member of the Sisters of Social Service. Her book, “A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change and Community” will be published this spring and available prior to the lecture and at the book signing. Sr. Simone has demonstrated the same grace and courage that defined Dorothy Day, the inspiration for this series. This year marks 50 years since Dorothy Day herself spoke at Emmanuel.

Praise for Sr. Simone:

"If there's a single phrase to describe Sister Simone, it is 'compassionate convication.' With bravery and optimism, she is focused on the common good. She has the will and drive to do right." - Nancy Pelosi

"Who doesn't love a feisty nun? The Catholicism of Sister Campbell... is the faith of social justice activists like Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, the church whose pope pleaded the relief of the 'misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working class." - The New York Times


Dorothy Day Lecture Series Inaugural Lecture  ::  Sunday, April 27, 2014
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Lecture: 1:00 p.m.
Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall, Cardinal Cushing Library
Cost: $25, no charge for current Emmanuel College students  Register »
Early Registration Drawing: Congratulations to Marie Gleason Tada ’71, who won a copy of Sr. Simone’s book “ A Nun on the Bus."  

Book Signing: Immediately following the lecture
Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall, Cardinal Cushing Library

Reception: 3:00 p.m.
Emmanuel College Auditorium, Administration Building

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Additional Details

Brunch/Breakfast: 10:00 a.m.
Marian Hall Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center
For those arriving early, whether from out of town or just wanting to beat the Boston traffic, breakfast will be served in the College’s dining facility. The College will reserve tables for Dorothy Day Lecture Series attendees in the Marian Hall Dining Room. Each guest will pay for his or her own meal at the cashier at the entrance. This is a great opportunity to meet up with classmates and friends and catch up prior to the lecture.

Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m.
Chapel, Administration Building

Special Bookstore Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Bookstore, Jean Yawkey Center
The Bookstore, normally closed on Sundays, will be open for any visiting alumni who would like to stop in and purchase Emmanuel gear while on campus. Sr. Simone’s book will be available for purchase prior to the lecture in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall. After the event, Sr. Simone will stay to autograph copies of her book.

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