mccarthy“Politics, Protests & Pandemics: What America Will Survive?” with Professor Timothy McCarthy

Please join us for this virtual event with Harvard Kennedy School Professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy.

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 12:00PM
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Timothy Patrick McCarthy is an award-winning scholar, educator, public servant, and human rights activist who has taught at Harvard since 2005. Professor McCarthy currently holds a joint faculty appointment at the Graduate School of Education and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is Core Faculty at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. The adopted only son and grandson of public school teachers and faculty workers, he is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course, a college humanities course for low-income adults and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. Twice named one of Harvard Crimson’s “Professors of the Year,” he is the recipient of many awards for his commitment to students, including the 2019 Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Kennedy School’s highest teaching honor. This spring, the graduating students at the Kennedy School selected him to deliver the Faculty Farewell Address, "Precedented Bravery." at their virtual Class Day ceremony. A noted historian of politics and social movements, Professor McCarthy is the author or editor of five books from the New Press, and a frequent media commentator whose work has been featured in Salon, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Pangyrus, The Nation, NPR, and several documentary films. In June 2019, he served as special guest editor for The Nation’s historic “Reclaiming Stonewall 50” forum. Shaped by the anti-apartheid and AIDS activism of his college years, he has devoted his life to public service and social justice. As founding director of Harvard’s Alternative Spring Break Church Rebuilding Program, he spent fifteen years organizing hundreds of students to help rebuild black churches destroyed in racist arson attacks. A respected leader in the LGBTQ+ community, Professor McCarthy was a founding member of Barack Obama’s National LGBT Leadership Council, gave expert testimony to the Pentagon Comprehensive Working Group on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and was a member of the first-ever LGBTQ delegation from the U.S. to Israel/Palestine. He currently serves as the Board Chair of Free the Slaves, a leading global NGO in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. He also hosts and directs The A.R.T. of Human Rights and Resistance Mic! through the Tony Award-winning American Repertory Theater, where he serves on the Board of Advisors. Professor McCarthy graduated with honors in History and Literature from Harvard College and earned his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. Since 2010, he and his husband have been Resident Scholars in Quincy House, where they live with their 9-year-old Black Lab named Jeter.

photo credit: Martha Stewart

Click here to view a recording of this event, which took place on Thursday, July 30th!


12:00PM - 1:00PM Thu 30 Jul 2020 ( Timezone: Pacific )


Virtual Event via ZOOM (details sent after registration)

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