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January 9, 2013
Contact: Kevin Coburn
Green Mountain College Hosts Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard’s Kennedy School
POULTNEY—Green Mountain College will host Timothy Patrick McCarthy, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard’s Kennedy School, for a public address January 24 at 9:30 a.m. in the East Room (Withey Hall). McCarthy will speak as the school’s 2013 Voices of Community Plenary Speaker in honor of the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. The title of his talk is "Human Rights, Human Wrongs: The Long History of Slavery and Abolition,” and focuses on modern slavery and the sex slave trade.
A historian of politics and social movements, McCarthy is a lecturer on history and literature and on public policy at Harvard University, and is the author of four books including The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition and The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the People’s Historian. His fifth book, Stonewall’s Children: A Modern Story of Liberation, Loss, and Love, will be published next spring.
In addition to his writing and teaching, McCarthy has devoted his life to public service and social justice, particularly around issues of racial, sexual, and socioeconomic justice, and educational equity. Since 1990, he has been a Big Brother to Malcolm Green, now 26, whom he met while volunteering in the Cambridge public schools as an undergraduate. As founding director of Harvard’s Alternative Spring Break Church Rebuilding Program, he has spent the last fifteen years organizing groups of undergraduates to help rebuild African-American churches destroyed in arson attacks. In honor of this work, McCarthy received the 2007 Humble Servant Award from the National Coalition for Burned Churches, and the 2010 Advocate Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association.
Since 2001, McCarthy has also directed and taught in the Boston Clemente Course, a multi-disciplinary college humanities course offered free of charge to low-income adults through the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, Mass.
McCarthy graduated with honors in history and literature from Harvard and earned his M.A., M.Phil., and PhD in history from Columbia University.
The only son and grandson of public school teachers and factory workers, McCarthy is an award-winning teacher and advisor whose courses are consistently among the most popular and highly rated at Harvard. He is the recipient of Harvard’s Stephen Botein Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2000), John R. Marquand Award for Exceptional Advising and Counseling (2003) and the Derek Bok Certificate for Teaching Excellence (2006-2012).
The event is free and open to the public.