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Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents:
Championing a Cause: The Voice of Today’s Athletes
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Sargent Hall, Fifth Floor Commons, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
Today’s professional athletes have increasingly leveraged their powerful voices and the platforms their mediated profession provides. From raising money to combat major diseases to calling awareness to major societal issues, athletes have the power to influence opinion and affect change. While athletes have worked hard at their craft, reached the highest levels of their profession, and tapped the capital markets, some demand that athletes “shut up and dribble.” Would the same be demanded of any other professional who has reached the highest levels of his or her industry?
Join Ford Hall Forum as we host a unique and intimate conversation with some of the nation’s most charitable and vocal athletes and representatives from Boston’s business and non-profit community. The evening’s guests are Devin McCourty, acclaimed free safety, New England Patriots. Off the field, McCourty is deeply engaged in social activism on numerous topics including criminal justice and education reform. Michael Bornhurst, Associate Vice President, Corporate Development and Special Events, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust; Rebekah Splaine-Salwasser, Executive Director, Red Sox Foundation/Take the Lead; and April Heinrichs, a US Women’s National Soccer Team legend. Heinrichs captained the tournament-winning first US women’s World Cup team in 1991 and coached the next generation of women’s soccer players including Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain at the World Cup and in the Olympics. The evening’s moderator is Shira Springer, who covers stories at the intersection of sports and society for The Sports Business Journal and The Boston Globe.
This event is free and open to the public.
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Ford Hall Forum presents:
“The Art of Leaving”
Award-winning Israeli author Ayelet Tsabari will discuss her new intimate memoir, The Art of Leaving: Language, Longing, and Belonging, in this afternoon of conversation and selected readings from the book. The afternoon’s moderator is Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber, associate professor, Communication, Journalism & Media Department, Suffolk University.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Poetry Center, Mildred Sawyer Library, Second Floor
73 Tremont Street, Boston
Author of the award-winning The Best Place on Earth and The Art of Leaving: Language, Longing, and Belonging, Ayelet Tsabari will speak of growing up Mizrahi in Israel, about re-finding and reclaiming that identity through writing and through extensive research into Yemeni culture and traditions. Tsabari will share some of the unique challenges she has faced as an immigrant author writing about Israel in English, her second language. This lecture will explore the many ways in which a writer’s cultural background, mother tongue, and origins influence and inform her writing, in terms of both content and style.
Praise for The Art of Leaving
The Art of Leaving is a marvel of a book, at once tender and fearless, from a writer at the peak of her creative powers.” – Kamal Al-Solaylee
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