Canisius Professor of Theology James Keenan, S.J., vice provost for global engagement at BC, reviewed Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History by Dr. Paul Farmer. In his new book, Farmer, the renowned physician and anthropologist who founded Partners in Health, details his experience in West Africa during the 2014 Ebola epidemic. He relays harrowing stories of Ebola victims while tracing the region’s chronic health failures back to centuries of exploitation and injustice. Fr. Keenan calls Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds “astonishing” and “unforgettable” and writes that “there is much wisdom throughout this magisterial work.” Read Fr. Keenan’s review of Dr. Farmer’s book in America magazine.
Poetry Days presents award-winning poet Martín Espada—whose poetry collections include The Republic of Poetry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Floaters, his most recent collection—at a Lowell Humanities webinar on April 14 at 7 p.m. Floaters is a topical reflection on immigration, bigotry, politics, and love. An English professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Espada has published more than 20 books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator. His honors include the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, and an American Book Award. His reading will be followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A. Pre-registration is required and can be found at bc.edu/lowell.
Novelist and screenwriter Emma Donoghue, author of the international bestseller Room, will read from and talk about her latest novel, The Pull of the Stars (Little, Brown and Co., 2020), at a Lowell Humanities webinar on April 7 at 7 p.m. Set in a Dublin hospital during the 1918 flu pandemic, The Pull of Stars tells the story of a nurse midwife, a doctor, and a volunteer helper who fight to save patients in a maternity quarantine ward. It is a story of hope and finding the light in the darkness. Donoghue’s other novels include The Wonder and Akin. Her novel Room has been published in more than 40 languages, and Donoghue adapted the book into an Academy Award-nominated screenplay. Donoghue’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Irish Studies program. Pre-registration is required and can be found at bc.edu/lowell.