Spring Convocation: Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy

Castleton University presents the 2017 Spring Convocation featuring guest speaker Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy on Tuesday, January 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Casella Theater.

The 2017 Spring Convocation will mark the official opening of the spring semester, as students, faculty and staff members join President Dave Wolk for one of Castleton’s greatest traditions. Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of heroic service to humanity, the university will be joined by special guest Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy, an award winning scholar, educator and activist. 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office at (802) 468-1119.


Timothy Patrick McCarthy is an award-winning scholar, educator, and activist. He holds a joint faculty appointment in Harvard’s undergraduate honors program in History and Literature and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is Core Faculty and Program Director at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course in the Humanities in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a free college humanities course for low-income adults and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal.

A historian of politics and social movements, Dr. McCarthy’s work focuses on slavery and abolition, protest literature and the American radical tradition, the politics of race, gender and sexuality in the United States, leadership and communications, and global human rights. He is author or editor of five books, including The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition (New Press, 2003), Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism (New Press, 2006), Protest Nation: Words That Inspired a Century of American Radicalism (New Press, 2010), The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the People’s Historian (New Press, 2012), and Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in the Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love, forthcoming from the New Press. Dr. McCarthy has received fellowships from the Mellon and Ford Foundations, Massachusetts Historical Society, Oberlin College Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. In collaboration with the American Repertory Theater, he is currently working on his first play, Four Harriets, about the intersecting lives of four abolitionist women. In June 2014, he was artist-in-residence at the Orchard Project.