El Congresista Moakley: A Symposium and Exhibit on Congressman Joe Moakley and El Salvador at Suffolk University


For more information, please contact:
Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450 or
Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

The John Joseph Moakley Archive and Institute at Suffolk University will present a symposium exploring the late congressman’s efforts on behalf of the people of El Salvador, his role in promoting peace following a 12-year civil war and lessons learned from U.S. policy in El Salvador. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Friday, November 14, 2003, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street.

The symposium is offered in conjunction with the exhibit El Congresista: Joe Moakley en El Salvador, which focuses on the civil war and its impact on the Salvadoran people through photos and documents drawn from the Moakley Archive. The exhibit will be at the Adams Gallery, 120 Tremont Street, from November 14, 2003, through February 29, 2004.

The symposium will begin with a screening of Enemies of War with documentary filmmaker Esther Cassidy. It will culminate in the presentation of the annual John Joseph Moakley Humanitarian Award.

Symposium panels will focus on: The Search for Truth: The Moakley Commission and the Jesuit Murders; Salvadorans in the U. S.: Congressman Moakley and Immigration Reform; and Lessons Learned from El Salvador: Congressman Moakley’s Legacy.

Panelists will include Congressman Jim McGovern, who served as Moakley’s top aide during the El Salvador investigation; author Teresa Whitfield; former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador William Walker; and Leonel Gomez, investigator for the Moakley Commission; members of the Jamaica Plain Committee on Central America, who triggered the congressman’s interest in the plight of Salvadoran immigrants. In addition, Maureen O’Sullivan, former director of the National Immigration Project of the Lawyers Guild; James Woodward, former aide to Congressman Moakley; and Dean Brackley, SJ, of the University of Central America. Suffolk University faculty will moderate the panel discussions.

The John Joseph Moakley Archive and Institute at Suffolk University was established by Suffolk University in 2001 upon Congressman Moakley's gift of his papers. It is dedicated to the preservation, study, interpretation and celebration of the late congressman's legacy of service and political and public policy leadership.

For more information on the panelists and exhibit, visit the Moakley Archive Web site www.joemoakley.org or call 617-305-6295.

Suffolk University, located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (Africa), is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,000 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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