Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture with Clint Smith: "Race, Memory, and Public History"


Location: Morris Inn, Smith Ballroom

The annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture was created by the Center for Social Concerns in 2009 in order to highlight justice issues and themes affecting the common good. This fall event honors Fr. Bernie who died young but influenced students with the life lesson of a “Theory of Enough."  Past speakers have included scholars and practitioners working to create a more just future for all. 

2022 Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture

featuring Clint Smith, Ph.D.

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and a 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Nonfiction, and the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New America, the Emerson Collective, the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His essays, poems, and scholarly writing have been published in The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineThe New RepublicPoetry MagazineThe Paris Review, the Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere.

Partners for this event include the Department of Africana StudiesDepartment of American StudiesDepartment of History, and the Initiative for Race and Resilience. 

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