Sr. Simone Campbell presents "Mend the Gaps: Women and the Divides We Face" as this year's O’Hara Graff lecture. Sr. Campbell is the Director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. A religious leader, former lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland, California, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, health care, and economic justice.
Sr. Campbell received notoriety in 2012 when she was instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the House of Representatives. She has led three cross-country “Nuns on the Bus” trips, focused on economic justice, comprehensive immigration reform, and, most recently, voter turnout. She is the author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community.
Sr. Campbell has received numerous awards, including a “Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award” and the "Defender of Democracy Award" from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
The O’Hara Graff lecture is set for May 9, Wyckoff Auditorium, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
The Ann O'Hara Graff Lecture Series is a memorial series named in honor of Dr. Ann O'Hara Graff, Department of Theology and Religious Studies. She was well known for her commitment to the vitality of the Church, the role of women in Catholicism, and diversity issues.