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 Institute’s Lowell Humanities Series, featuring Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Campus School Volunteers, featuring Dick and Rick Hoyt, famed father/son marathon team.

FALL 2018

Tena Štivičić

Tena Štivičić 
Playwright & Screenwriter

Invisible: A Conversation about Migration

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

Tena Štivičić is a Croatian playwright and screenwriter, and is the winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She was born in Zagreb and studied in the Academy of Drama Art there. She completed an MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has taken part in theatre events such as Future Perfect, the Paines Plough Young Writers Programme and the Royal Court's 50th Anniversary season. Štivičić has written plays both in her native Croatian and in English. Her major works in English include: Can't Escape Sundays, Perceval, Psssst, Two of Us, Goldoni Terminus, Fragile!, Fireflies, and Invisible. Štivičić lives in London and is married to Scottish actor Douglas Henshall.

Presented with the Theater Department.

*The US premiere of the play Invisible will be at 7:30pm in Robsham Theater (tickets will be on sale via Robsham website on October 1).  Trailer


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, and the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action.


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.

Presented with the History Department