Inauguration Lecture Series

The Inaugural Lecture Series observes Eastern Nazarene College’s one hundredth year in Quincy while also marking the inauguration of Dr. Jack Connell, the college’s 14th president. The Series consists of four lectures scheduled over the course of the academic year that feature the historical legacy of ENC and Quincy.


September 19, 2019

“That College Near Blue Quincy Bay: Reflections on ENC’s Legacy”
Ruth Cameron Auditorium
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Donald Yerxa is Professor of History Emeritus at ENC, where he taught from 1977 to 2014. Nearly 200 of his articles, book chapters, review essays, book reviews, and interviews have been published, and he is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books, the most recent of which is Religion and Innovation: Antagonists or Partners? (Bloomsbury, 2015). From 2001 to 2013 he was a senior editor of Historically Speaking, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press and currently serves as editor of Fides et Historia. He lives with his wife in Venice, FL.

November 4, 2019

“The Providence of John and Abigail Adams”
Ruth Cameron Auditorium

Sara Georgini earned her doctorate in history from Boston University in 2016. For the past decade, she has worked at the Adams Papers editorial project at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where she is series editor for The Papers of John Adams. Sara is the author of Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family (Oxford University Press, 2019), and she frequently writes about early American history for Smithsonian. Her new project, Justice and Mercy, looks at the intellectual and cultural history of presidential pardons in early America, spanning the era from George Washington to Andrew Johnson.

February 13, 2020

“Do Justice, Love Mercy: ENC Alumni and Community Engagement”
Ruth Cameron Auditorium

The college has a long history of preparing students for social work, education, and public service. This panel will include ENC alumni who have served various roles in Quincy and greater Boston and will feature the intimate relationship between ENC and the surrounding community. This panel will also precede an ENC theatre production later that evening highlighting the legacy of Father Bill’s Place in Quincy.

March 30, 2020

“Strangers No More: Understanding the Past, Present, and Future of Asian Americans”
Co-sponsored with Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.
Ruth Cameron Auditorium

Paul Watanabe is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research and teaching interests include Asian American politics and history, the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans, immigration, American political behavior, and international relations. He serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund; on the Board of Directors of the South Shore Health System; and on the Board of Trustees of the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund. He was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He also was appointed as the first Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. He is the author of Ethnic Groups, Congress, and American Foreign Policy and principal author of A Dream Deferred: Changing Demographics, New Opportunities, and Challenges for Boston. Paul received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.


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