Nancy Lawson Donahue'49 Institute for Values and Public Life

The Nancy Lawson Donahue ‘49 Institute is all about asking critical questions:

  • What is social justice?
  • Why do social justices exist?
  • What can we do to bring about change?

The Donahue Institute sponsors programs such as speakers, forums, debates, films, exhibits, workshops, plays – any format that encourages critical thinking about morality, our values, our role in our own community and the world community. We address issues of gender, race, sexuality, immigration, poverty, genocide, environment and many other human rights abuses.

Donahue Distinguished Scholars Series

Corruption of Information: Why We're Getting Dumber, and What Can Be Done About It
Thomas Patterson
Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Kennedy School (Harvard University.)

Race: Why does it (still) have us walking on egg-shells?
Kenneth V. Hardy
Clinician, Relationship therapist, Professor, Drexel University

Enrique's Journey
Sonia Nazario
Pulitzer prize winning author

“Immigrant Integration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – challenges and barriers”
Eva Millona
Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

“Leading with Courage: Lessons from Sudan”
Liz Walker
Award-winning journalist, documentary film producer and humanitarian

“Leadership, Power and People”
Darnell Williams (pictured at left)
President/CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts


Time for Plan B – Mobilizing to Save Civilization”
Janet Larsen
Earth Policy Institute

“Bridging cultural borders of difference”
Hugo Kamya & Jay King
Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming Practices

Civil Liberties in War Time”
Howard Zinn (pictured at left), Historian and Activist


“Do Politics Matter?”
Callie Crossley
Academy Award TV producer and Nieman Foundation Fellow


Student Voices

Student participation is encouraged in various panel discussions and debates on topics such as Being an Immigrant Student, Race and Diversity, Reproductive Rights, Legalization of Marijuana.

Student Voices Panel Does Race Matter?
Students participated in open forum discussion during a Student Voices panel called, Does Race Matter?

Film Series

The Donahue Institute sponsors viewing and discussion of films, including Hotel Rwanda, Laramie Project, American History X, Blow, Iraq for Sale, Enemy of the State, Sicko and others.

Forums and Speakers

Experts share their insights and positions on topics like: Going to war with Iraq, Islam as culture, Press and the Presidency, Civil Liberties and the Constitution, Genocide in Darfur, Sex trade in South-East Asia, Evelyn Murphy on Discrimination against Women in the Workplace, Gay Marriage, Immigration, Homelessness and Egypt and Beyond.

Fatima Sadiqi, visiting Fullbright scholar from Morocco Press and the Presidency panel
Fatima Sadiqi, visiting Fullbright scholar from Morocco, spoke to the Lasell community about Women in Islam. Panel discussion about the Press and the Presidency during election time. Panelists included: Steve Bloom, Calley Crossley, Robin Young and Mark Jurkowitz.


Other activities

The Donanue Institute is also proud to house voter registration and voting during election years, Fast for Darfur, Fair Trade promotion.

News Highlight

Lasell Track Star Wins Big at Maccabiah Games  Thursday, August 15, 2013Lasell College senior Chelsea Zeig, who competed in the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer, has returned home with a life changing experience and a handful of medals.

Featured Event

Lasell College Drama Club Presents "Nine" the Musical  Saturday, December 7, 2013Yamawaki Auditorium

Lasell College Ranked Among Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report for 2014

- 25th in "Best Regional College" - North