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By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Mar. 26, 2015

The Boston College community will explore the effects of the Boston Marathon bombings through the personal accounts of three alumni during a panel discussion on April 14 at 7 p.m. in Robsham Theater.  

Titled “BC Strong: Boston College Alumni Share Their Personal Stories of the Marathon Bombings,” the event will feature survivors Patrick Downes ’05 and Britanny Loring JD/MBA ’13, along with Dave Wedge ’93, co-author of the best-selling book Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy. Respected newscaster Paula Ebben ’89, P’17, an award-winning reporter and anchor at WBZ TV in Boston, will serve as moderator.

Held on the eve of the second anniversary of the Marathon bombings, and in the midst of the trial of accused Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the panel discussion will provide members of the BC community with personal accounts from two alumni who were injured when bombs exploded near the Marathon finish line as they stood with family and friends. It will also feature the analysis of a former Boston Herald reporter-turned-author whose detailed examination of the bombings shed light on an event that catapulted Boston into the international spotlight and earned it praise as a lasting example of civic resilience.

“This event offers us an opportunity to hear the stories of BC grads who were directly involved in and affected by the bombings, but who, through inner strength and perseverance, have triumphed in the face of adversity,” said Jack Dunn, director of the Office of News & Public Affairs, which is co-sponsoring the event with the BC Alumni Association.  “With Paula Ebben moderating the event, it will be a candid and personal discussion involving members of the BC alumni family who have inspired us with their resolve and dedication in the wake of the bombings.”   

The event is free and open to all BC students, faculty, staff and alumni. Online registration is required at

For additional information, see; or call 617-552-3350 or 617-552-4700.