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.


Dannel Malloy

Dannel P. Malloy '77, Law'80, P'15
Governor of Connecticut (2011-2019)

A Governor's Trained Eye in Guiding Public Policy

Monday, February 25, 2019
6:00 PM | Devlin Hall, Room 101

Dannel P. Malloy was Governor of Connecticut for two terms, just completing his tenure on January 9, 2019. Malloy was an engaged and progressive governor, focusing on criminal justice reform, including repealing the death penalty, improving transportation, committing more than half a billion dollars towards affordable and supportive housing initiatives, protecting the environment, creating jobs, strengthening public education, stabilizing the state’s finances, and following the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary School, enacting what some have called “the most comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation in the country.”

In 2016, the Governor received a prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for defending U.S. resettlements of Syrian refugees after the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and personally welcoming a Syrian refugee family to New Haven after they had been turned away by another state.

As a child, Malloy struggled to overcome significant learning and physical disabilities, eventually becoming a proud double eagle, having graduated from BC in 1977, magna cum laude, with a double major in political science and sociology, and receiving his JD from BC Law in 1980. After law school, he worked as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn DA’s Office, spent nine years at a law firm, served on the Stamford Board of Finance, and subsequently launched his political career by running for Mayor of Stamford, his home town, where he served for 14 years.

Currently, Malloy is the Rappaport Distinguished Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School’s Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.

Presented with The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.

Doors open at 5:30PM, seating is based on a first-come, first-serve basis


Francisco Cantu

Francisco Cantu
Author, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
7:00 PM | Gasson Hall, Room 100

Francisco Cantú served as a border patrol agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012. A former Fulbright fellow, he recently received an MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Arizona. His essays and translations appear frequently in Guernica, and his work can also be found in The Best American Essays 2016Ploughshares, and Orion, among others and he published his memoir The Line Becomes a River in 2018. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. 

Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

Doors open at 6:30PM, seating is based on a first-come, first-serve basis


Ben Austen

Ben Austen
Author, High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
6:00 PM | Gasson Hall, Room 100

Ben Austen is the author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing (HarperCollins, 2018). His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, GQ, The Atlantic, Wired, New York, Elle, The Best American Travel Writing, among other publications. A former editor at Harper's Magazine, Ben is a story consultant on The City podcast and a board member of The South Side Weekly. He is a native South Sider.

Presented with The Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action & The Institute for the Liberal Arts

Doors open at 5:30PM, seating is based on a first-come, first-serve basis