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Book Talk: People before Highways

Location: Poetry Center, Sawyer Library, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, October 16, 12:15 PM

Author Karilyn Crockett will discuss her book People before Highways, focusing on the grassroots movement that derailed a governmental plan to build multiple highways circling and cutting through the heart of Boston during the 1950s. Light refreshments will be served.

Crockett is an independent scholar and director of economic policy and research for the City of Boston. She holds a PhD in American studies from Yale University.

The Love Fool

Location: Poetry Center, Sawyer Library, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, October 2, 4:30 PM

The Sawyer Library Speaker Series presents a book talk by alumnus Lorenzo Petruzziello (Suffolk 2006).

Lorenzo recently published his first novel, The Love Fool (Quill / Inkshares - March 2018).

Aspiring writers or anyone interested in Italy, come hear Lorenzo talk about his background and how he came to write The Love Fool while living in Rome.

"Beyond the Boston Marathon Bombing"

Location: Poetry Center, Sawyer Library, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, April 10, 4:30 PM

A panel discussion marking the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, featuring presenters:

  • David Abel, an award-winning reporter with The Boston Globe, a documentary filmmaker, and a professor of journalism. Abel and his colleagues at the Globe won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Dave Wedge, an author and writer based in Boston. He writes for VICE and was an investigative journalist for the Boston Herald for 14 years. His book, "Boston Strong: A City's Triumph Over Tragedy," written with New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman, was adapted into the film "Patriots Day," starring Mark Wahlberg.
  • Susan Zalkind, an independent journalist and writer based in Boston. She covers courts and crime, breaks news and writes investigative features. Zalkind has written about the triple homicide in Waltham and FBI shooting in Florida involving people tied to the Tsarnaev brothers. She also covered the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and has written for Boston Magazine and The Daily Beast.
  • Ken Martin, a Boston-based photojournalist and a long-time photojournalism teacher at Suffolk University. Martin and his students took photos at the explosion site as well as during the aftermath of the tragedy.

David Paleologos: On the Poll

Location: Poetry Center, Sawyer Library, 3rd Floor
Thursday, March 29, 12:15 PM

David Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, will give a talk on their most recent poll conducted in collaboration with USA Today, released March 1, 2018.  He’ll discuss the results which indicate where we stand on the hot button issues of our society such as the Russia investigation, gun control, and the 2018 congressional midterms.

David Paleologos has worked at the SUPRC since 2002 conducting polling at the local, state, and national level. SUPRC primary polls and bellwethers have predicted outcomes in many key battleground states, and its cutting-edge survey research has gained both national and international attention for its high degree of accuracy. SUPRC results have been reported on by hundreds of major news organizations on television, radio, in print, and online. Over the past four election cycles, Paleologos has been one of the most quoted pollsters in the country.