Activist, Legislator, Author Tom Hayden to Visit Campus Thursday

(12-10-97) -- California State Sen. Tom Hayden will visit Boston College on Thursday to sign copies of his new book on the Irish Famine.

The Irish Institute will host the event at the Burns Library from 6 to 8 p.m.

Hayden edited the newly released Irish Hunger, a compilation of essays contributed by some of Ireland's leading writers, including Seamus Heaney, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Eavan Boland, Tim Pat Coogan and Brendan Kennelly.

Noted '60s activist Hayden has continued a deep involvement in social issues as a writer and California legislator, penning eight books and, as a state senator, authoring 100 measures that have been enacted into law or legislative policy.

Hayden has maintained a strong interest in Ireland, winning passage of a bill this year to include study of the Irish Famine in the California public school curriculum.

He has actively supported the Northern Ireland peace process, visiting the site of the Stormont peace talks this fall on the day British Prime Minister Tony Blair met with the republican Sinn Fein. In 1995, was a member of a US Commerce Department trade mission to Ireland.

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