Corcoran Library

Corcoran Living Library Lecture Series

First established in 2007, the Corcoran Living Library Lecture Series is made possible by the generosity of Joseph E. Corcoran '53 as part of his donation to the BC High library. The speaker series fulfills Corcoran's goal to create a "living library," bringing noted contemporary authors and speakers to campus and talk with students face-to-face. These guests share their work and make it real, dispatching students, faculty, and staff outside BC High’s walls to serve as ambassadors for learning in the community.

Featured Lectures

List of 23 items.

  • Father Gregory Boyle

    Season 11 | Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    Founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles
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  • Dr. James J. O'Connell

    Season 10 | Wednesday, November 9, 2016
    Author, Physician, and president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
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  • Bryan Stevenson

    Season 9 | Thursday, March 3, 2016
    Attorney, Author, Human Rights Activist, Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Professor of law at New York University Law School
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  • Chris Mannix '98

    Season 8 | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Chris Mannix '98 is Sports Illustrated’s senior boxing writer
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  • Wes Moore

    Season 8 | Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    Noted speaker, best-selling author, youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of Beyond Belief
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  • Fr. Robert E. Kennedy, SJ

    Season 7 | Wednesday, March 5, 2014
    Author of Zen Gifts to Christians and Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit
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  • Andrew J. Bacevich

    Season 7 | Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    Professor of international relations at Boston University, and retired career officer in the United States Army
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  • Dr. Jeff Karp

    Season 6 | Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Co-Director of the Center for Regenerative Therapeutics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
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  • Stephen Puleo

    Season 6 | Wednesday, March 20, 2013
    Author, historian, university teacher, public speaker, and communications professional
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  • William Hogeland

    Season 5 | Tuesday, March 6, 2012
    Author and public speaker
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  • Chris Lowney

    Season 5 | Tuesday, December 6, 2011
    Author of three books, including: Heroic Living, A Vanished World, and Heroic Leadership, a history of the Jesuits
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  • Walter Robinson ’63

    Season 5 | Tuesday, October 4, 2011
    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist 
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  • Dennis Lehane '83

    Season 4 | Monday, April 4, 2011
    New York Times Bestselling Author
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  • Dr. Karen Bohlin

    Season 4 | Thursday, December 9, 2010
    Author and Scholar 

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  • Peter Kreeft

    Season 4 | Monday, October 25, 2010
    Author and Professor, Boston College and King's College
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  • Mary Pat Kelly

    Season 3 | Thursday, March 25, 2010
    Award-winning author and documentarian.
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  • Hannah Tinti

    Season 3 | Thursday, December 3, 2009
    Award-winning author and magazine editor
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  • James Carroll

    Season 3 | Thursday, October 22, 2009
    Author and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Suffolk University
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  • Ernesto Quiñonez

    Season 2 | Thursday, March 12, 2009
    Critically acclaimed and best-selling author 
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  • Dr. Steven Pinker

    Season 2 | Thursday, December 4, 2008
    Award-winning author and one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World Today"
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  • Davar Ardalan

    Season 1 | Thursday, May 1, 2008
    NPR radio producer and author of 
    My Name is Iran
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  • Chris Abani

    Season 1 | Wednesday, March 5, 2008
    Acclaimed Nigerian poet and novelist
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  • Dr. Kenneth Miller

    Season 1 | Wednesday, December 5, 2007
    Author and evolutionary biologist
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Chris Mannix '98

Want to Attend a Lecture?

The lectures take place on campus and are immediately followed by a reception. For more information, or to RSVP for any of the lectures, please contact Alexander Williams at