Distinguished Donahue Scholar Series

The Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series provides a venue to interact with distinguished scholars in different fields. The series spotlights different academic connections to social justice (such as history, social sciences, economics, politics, environment) and provides an opportunity for students to hear from leaders in their field. Past Donahue Scholars are listed below.

Nadinne Cruz2014 | Nadinne Cruz: “Education to Change the World: A Call to Engagement by a Loyal Critic of Service”

Nadinne Cruz is a pioneering leader in community based learning. She has served as a practitioner, leader, advocate, speaker, consultant and author on the need for pedagogies of engagement in higher education.

Thomas Patterson2013 | Thomas Patterson: “Corruption of Information: Why We're Getting Dumber, and What Can Be Done About It”

Thomas Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. 


Kenneth V. Hardy2012 | Kenneth V. Hardy: “Race: Why does it (still) have us walking on egg-shells?”

Dr. Hardy is an internationally recognized clinician, author, and Trainer. He is also the Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City where he maintains a private practice specializing in working with traumatized and oppressed populations.


Sonia Nazario2011 | Sonia Nazario: “Enrique’s Journey”

A graduate from Williams College with a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, Sonia Nazario is well known writer who has been discussing social issues in her work for close to twenty years.



Eva Millona2010 | Eva Millona: “Immigration Integration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts-Challenges and Barriers”

Eva Millona is an Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).


Liz Walker 2009 | Liz Walker: “Leading with Courage: Lessons from Sudan”

Liz Walker is an winning television journalist, a documentary film producer, an entrepreneur and a humanitarian currently working in the war-torn country of Sudan.


Darnell Williams2008 | Darnell Williams: “Leadership, Power and People”

Darnell Williams is President and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, a nonprofit organization providing services and programs in education, career and personal development and employment for African-Americans and other residents of color.


Janet Larsen2007 | Janet Larsen: “Time for Plan B-Mobilizing to Save Civilization”

Janet Larsen is the Director of Research at the Earth Policy Institute.



Hugo Kamya & Jay King 2006 | Hugo Kamya & Jay King: “Bridging Cultural Borders of Difference”

Hugo Kamya is a Professor at the Simmons College School of Social Work. Dr Jay King is an active member of the American Family Therapy Academy and a founding member of the Boston Institute of Culturally Affirming Practice.


Howard Zinn 2005 | Howard Zinn: “Civil Liberties in War Time”

Howard Zinn was an American historian, author, playright and social activist.


Callie Crossley2004 | Callie Crossley: “Do Politics Matter?”

Callie Crossley is an American broadcast journalist and radio presenter in the Boston area.

News Highlight

Lasell Alum Honored with National Educator Award  Friday, October 10, 2014Medford, Mass. fifth grade teacher and Lasell undergraduate alum Anthony Petrelis ’05 has been honored as the only educator in Massachusetts to receive the 2014 national Milken Educator Award.

Featured Event

Colored Girls Hustle  Wednesday, October 29, 2014Yamawaki Auditorium