Service Learning Recognized at "Connections" Exhibit Reception

Ana Vaquerano, Julia Collins, and photographer Derek Lomba

11/21/2008

Students involved in service-learning missions to El Salvador were applauded at a reception for the exhibit Connections: Suffolk University Keeps Moakley Legacy Alive in El Salvador, which features photographs chronicling their experiences in the Central American nation befriended by the late Congressman Joe Moakley.

The Moakley Archive and Institute created the Connections exhibit, which includes an encore showing of the 2003 exhibit El Congresista: Joe Moakley en El Salvador and is at the Adams Gallery through Jan. 12, 2009.

After describing Moakley’s first encounter with guerrillas in the wilds of El Salvador as he conducted a congressional investigation there – a tense introduction that Moakley lightened by singing an Irish song -- President David J. Sargent praised the students for their efforts.

“I salute you. Joe Moakley would be proud to know that you were going to El Salvador to help his friends there,” said Sargent.

His sentiments were echoed by Frederick W. Clark, Jr., president of the John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation, who thanked the students on behalf of the foundation for “bringing our culture to El Salvador and bringing the Salvadoran culture back here.”

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