Knowing that the Winston Center cannot encompass all the leadership community has to offer, we have partnered with key centers, departments, and institutes across campus to assure all vital points of ethical leadership are being presented and discussed. Some of our more prominent partnerships include the Lowell Humanities Series, featuring Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the Park Street Corportation Series, featuring Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists & human rights advocates.

FALL 2018

Tena Štivičić

Tena Štivičić 
Playwright & Screenwriter

Invisible: A Conversation about Migration

moderated by Westy Egmont, Director, Immigrant Integration Lab and Assoc. Prof., SSW

Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:00PM | Robsham Theatre

Tena Štivičić was born in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2002, she graduated from the Academy of Drama Art, Department of Dramaturgy, Zagreb. The following year Tena moved to the United Kingdom and continued her studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. After obtaining a Masters Degree, she was invited to Switzerland on a six-month writing residency in Canton Bern.

Tena’s first play was the award-winning Can't Escape Sundays. Her play The Two of Us was the first new Croatian play to be performed on a Belgrade stage since the break-up of Yugoslavia. This hit production won The Audience Award at the Marulićevi dani Festival in Split, Croatia, and the play received several other publications and productions, including one staged at the National Theatre in Zagreb.

Inspired by her first year living in London, Tena wrote the acclaimed play Fragile! The play follows the lives of a group of entirely foreign and immigrant London residents, trying to make it in the metropolis. It was first produced at Mladinsko Gledališče in Slovenia, and was voted best production of the year, receiving critical acclaim around Europe. It won numerous awards, including best European Play and Innovations Award at Heidelberg Stückemarkt in Germany in 2008.

As part of The 50 – a Royal Court Theatre and BBC initiative to mark the 50th anniversary of The Royal Court Theatre, Tena was nominated as one of the fifty most promising young writers in Great Britain.

Her 2011 play, Invisible, commissioned by Transport and The New Wolsey Theatre, toured England in 2011 and 2012, and a feature film screenplay inspired by the play was subsequently produced.

Her play Three Winters, tracing the journey of a Zagreb family across four generations and through the turbulent twentieth century Croatia opened to great critical acclaim at the National Theatre in London in 2014. It was directed by Howard Davies and won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for 2015.

Tena has been writing a column in the Croatian magazine Zaposlena since 2003. The column has evolved into a diary of sorts, charting some personal – and many societal – events, changes and phenomena over the course of the past decade. The collected columns were published into two books, which topped the non-fiction charts in Croatia.

Presented with the Theatre Department.


The US premiere of the play Invisible will be at 7:30pm in Robsham Theater (tickets are on sale online or at the Robsham Box Office).  Trailer

Directed by Patricia Riggin

Synopsis: A funny, moving and topical portrayal of the world in flux, INVISIBLE explores the many sides of migration. Amid the world of visas and wind turbines, commuter flights and nightclubs, fairy tales and tabloid press, a chance meeting drives disparate lives towards a chilling point of no return. The Guardian calls it “A pungent new play that puts the flesh and bones on the statistics about transnational migration.”




Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

US Environmental Policy: What Has Been Lost, What Can Be Gained

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:00PM | Murray Room, Yawkey Center

Gina McCarthy served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, leading historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan. In 2015, McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement. During her tenure, EPA initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. Internationally, McCarthy worked with the UN and WHO on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high risk sources of pollution.

McCarthy now serves as Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is Director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.

Presented with Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies Program, International Studies Program, Institute for the Liberal Arts, Jesuit Institute, the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action, and the Park Street Corporation Speaker Series.


Gina McCarthy

Bill Plunkert '68
Former CIA Spy

My Life as a Spy During the Cold War and Beyond

Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:00PM | Gasson 100

Bill Plunkert '68 was born in 1946 and is a product of Catholic education, from grade school through Boston College. Plunkert graduated from Boston College, where he played baseball and soccer, with majors in history and philosophy. Upon graduation, he spent almost five years in the United States Navy before joining the Central Intelligence Agency in 1973. After retiring in the spring of 2001, Plunkert spent seven years teaching religion to seniors at a Catholic high school. In 2008 he made the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, retired from teaching and entered training to become a spiritual director in Ignatian spirituality. Plunkert has been a spiritual director since 2011. He is married, with two adult children and three grandchildren.

Read about Bill Plunkert's role in the Cold War in The Washington Post article "How the CIA ran a 'billion dollar spy' in Moscow."

Presented with the History Department