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All Souls author MacDonald to lecture Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

(9-26-2000) The 2000-01 Lowell Lecture Humanities Series will begin this week with an appearance by local author Michael Patrick MacDonald on Thursday, Sept. 28 in Gasson 100 at 7:30 p.m. MacDonald will read from his critically acclaimed book All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, which recounts his youth in South Boston, a section of the city once considered the poorest white neighborhood in the United States. All Souls tells a tale of drugs, crime, murder, suicide and betrayal by politicians, but is also full of courage, compassion and humor.

The series continues on Oct. 20 with Eamon Duffy, a fellow of Magdelan College, Cambridge and author of A History of the Popes and The Stripping of the Altars, who will speak on "Rethinking the Reformation: Tudor England and the Old Religion." The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Devlin 008.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, renowned harpsichordist, organist and scholar Davitt Moroney will present "Why J.S. Bach Wanted His Sons to Go to College" in Gasson 100 at 8 p.m.

Lan Samantha Chang, will visit the campus on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Gasson 100 to read and discuss "The Unforgetting," a story appearing in Hunger: A Novella and Stories. The book is drawn from her experiences as an American-born child in a family who had fled the communist revolution in China to make a new life on the other side of the world.

Andrew Sullivan, a contributing editor of The New York Times Magazine and former editor of The New Republic, will conclude the first part of the series with the lecture "The Politics of Homosexuality" on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Gasson 100. Sullivan - who became the youngest editor in The New Republic's history when he was named to the position at age 28 in 1991 - is the author of Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality and Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex and Survival.

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