Dorothy Day Lecture


Dorothy Day Lecture SeriesThe annual Dorothy Day Lecture Series was launched in 2013 by the Emmanuel College Class of 1971 to honor liberal arts as the foundation and inspiration for meaningful social action. The goal of the lecture series is to encourage ongoing engagement with issues of social justice among students, alumni and the general public. The Dorothy Day Lecture Series features speakers who are role models for contributing to positive social change. The series is named for Dorothy Day, a courageous 20th-century woman of faith who dedicated her life to the struggle for economic and social justice.


The 2021 Dorothy Day Lecture

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty with Patrick Radden Keefe

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

During the 8th Annual Dorothy Day Lecture, speaker Patrick Radden Keefe shared the secret history of the Sackler family, a philanthropic dynasty whose fortune was built on Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin—the highly-addictive prescription painkiller that helped launch the opioid crisis. In this virtual lecture, followed by a question-and-answer session, Keefe discussed how the Sacklers' prominent donations to universities and art museums obscured the family's connection to a public health emergency, the multiple investigations of the family and their company by authorities in Massachusetts and other states, and the dangers of impunity for the super elite.

Video of the lecture is available to the Emmanuel College community through 5/12/21. Copyright © Patrick Radden Keefe, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Password: EMMA

Past Dorothy Day Lectures

Lecture Recap: Speaker – Patrick Radden Keefe | 4.28.21

A video was made available for two weeks following award-winning writer and investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe's "Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty" conversation. This video has now expired.

Lecture Recap: Speaker – Heather McGhee | 10.7.20

A video was made available for two months following author and NBC News political analyst Heather McGhee's "Bridging the Racial Divide" conversation. This video has now expired.

Lecture Photos: Speaker – Robert Ellsberg | 4.28.19

Dorothy Day Lecture featuring Robert Ellsberg | 4.28.19

Lecture Photos: Speaker – Razia Jan | 4.22.18

Dorothy Day Lecture featuring Razia Jan | 4.22.18

Lecture Photos: Speaker – Diane Nash | 4.23.17

Dorothy Day Lecture featuring Diane Nash | 4.23.17

Lecture Video: Speaker – Tracie McMillan | 4.24.16

Lecture Video: Speaker – Reverend Liz Walker | 4.26.15

Lecture Video: Inaugural Speaker – Sister Simone Campbell, SSS | 4.27.14

Emmanuel College Class of 1971 Dorothy Day Inaugural Lecture from Emmanuel College on Vimeo.

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