Author Tracy Kidder to speak at Elms College Academic Convocation
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CHICOPEE – Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Strength in What Remains, will speak at this year’s Elms College Academic Convocation on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
“This year’s guest speaker is a perfect accompaniment to the excitement the campus is feeling surrounding the dedication of the new Center for Natural and Health Sciences,” said Walter Breau, Elms’ vice president for academic affairs.
Kidder’s book Strength in What Remains was chosen as Elms College’s Common Read – part of the college’s first year seminar program because of its themes of Catholic social teaching and solidarity, and its modern global perspective on immigration.
“Mr. Kidder reminds us that the mission of the Elms is for each of us to serve the community, especially those most in need, and that each of us can make a difference,” said Breau.
Kidder is the author of many influential nonfiction books including The Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains. In 1982, Kidder received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and a National Book Award for Soul of a New Machine. Kidder is also a contributing editor to The Atlantic and serves as a trustee for Greenfield Community College.
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Kidder holds a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He also has served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant during the Vietnam War.
Elms College Academic Convocation will take place in Veritas Auditorium, Berchmans Hall, Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.