Harvard lecturer to mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day at Keystone
La Plume – The Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with the presentation “Getting Right with Dr. King: Where Do We Go From Here?” by Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D. on Monday, January 20 at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will examine the challenges and possibilities of contemporary politics and protest in light of Dr. King’s enduring legacy of prophetic witness and social justice activism.
Dr. McCarthy is a lecturer on history and literature and public policy at
In addition to his writing and teaching, Dr. McCarthy has devoted his life to public service and social justice, particularly around issues of racial, sexual, and socioeconomic justice, educational equity, peace, and human rights. As founding director of Harvard’s Alternative Spring Break Church Rebuilding Program, he has spent the last 15 years organizing groups of undergraduates to help rebuild African-American churches that have been destroyed in arson attacks. In honor of this work, Dr. 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.
A respected leader in the LGBTQ community, Dr. McCarthy was a founding member of President Barack Obama’s National LGBT Leadership Council, has given expert testimony to the Pentagon Comprehensive Working Group on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and serves on the boards of the Harvey Milk Foundation and the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus.
In 2010, he was part of a cohort of academics and activists who received a $1.1 million grant from the Ford Foundation to support a cross-disciplinary, applied social science research project to explore the root causes of stigma against LGBT people and develop more effective strategies for achieving full equality and acceptance. In January 2012, Dr. McCarthy was part of the first-ever LGBTQ delegation from the
Dr. McCarthy graduated with honors in history and literature from Harvard and received a master of arts, a master of philosophy, and doctorate in history from
For more information on Dr. McCarthy’s lecture, please contact Kate Dempsey Jones at 570-945-8161.