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First Year Academic Convocation

Jeannette Walls

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Format: Lecture

Length: 51 minutes

Jeannette Walls grew up in poverty and went on to have a successful career as a magazine and television reporter. Her The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Scribner, 2005), in which she describes her “dysfunctional, nomadic and occasionally homeless childhood,” was a New York Times best seller and a 2006 Alex Awards winner. In her speech at the First Year Academic Convocation, she encourages Boston College freshmen to face the truth, no matter how unpleasant, and to “never stop dreaming and never stop learning.” President William P. Leahy, SJ, welcomes the Class of 2011 and introduces Walls.

Presenter(s): Jeannette Walls

Date: September 13, 2007

Location: Conte Forum

Sponsor(s): First Year Experience

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/walls/

The information on this page is accurate as of September 2007