The Feinstein Institute for Public Service invites all members of the Providence College community to attend this year’s Feinstein Hall of Heroes induction ceremony, featuring a talk by Professor Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The event will take place Wednesday, October 19, at 7:00 pm, in the Ruane Center for the Humanities Room 105. A reception will follow at 8:30 pm in the Ruane Great Room.
This year the Institute will be honoring three heroes. First, our “local hero”: Joshua Giraldo, ’08, currently serving as Chief of Staff to Mayor James Diossa in Central Falls. Joshua was selected from among two dozen PC alums nominated by some of you in the larger PC community (faculty, staff, alums). We also recognize two international heroes: Malala Yousafzai, a summer visitor to Providence whose autobiography was chosen for this year’s Common Book Program; and Cesar Chavez, labor and civil rights leader and co-founder of what would become the United Farmworkers Union.
Professor Ganz will make connections in his keynote to Cesar Chavez, with whom he worked for 16 years, becoming Director of Organizing and serving on the national executive board for the UFW. His book, Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement, published in 2009, earned the Michael J. Harrington Book Award of the American Political Science Association.
In addition to honoring our three heroes, the Institute will be recognizing our longtime partner Sophia Academy, the school Malala visited during her Providence trip last July, whose values and mission mirror Malala’s.
We invite everyone to attend on October 19.