S.O.E.'s Walsh Wins Jesuit Book Award

School of Education Associate Dean Mary Walsh will be honored on Feb. 21 with the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Award for her 1993 book Moving to Nowhere: Children's Stories of Homelessness . The presentation will take place in Connolly House at 4 p.m.

Moving to Nowhere was chosen as the best book of the year by members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities from among 23 books entered in the competition, which is sponsored by Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit University Honor Society.

The book provides 20 accounts of homelessness through interviews with children living in Massachusetts shelters due to poverty, family breakdown or parental substance abuse. The psychological obstacles the children faced, such as shame, fear, complete loss of privacy and enforced close contact with relative strangers, are evident in their stories and do not make for easy reading, Walsh said.

"This was the most painful research I have ever done," she said. "The experience made me see that there is a way in which the Third World is at our doorstep."

Since writing the book, Walsh has become an advocate for the homeless and children at the institutional level, particularly through the University's Integrated Services initiative.

-S.H.

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