erinobrienThe Boston Ethical Community is pleased to announce that, on June 12, 2016, Professor Erin O’Brien will be our speaker on the occasion of the third Ed and Ruth Roseland Memorial Lecture.

Professor O’Brien has been chair of the Department of Political Science at the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts since 2014. Her particular areas of interest include the politics of poverty, social welfare policy, and urban politics.

O’Brien holds a Ph.D. in political science from American University in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her academic pursuits, O’Brien is a frequent contributor at various media outlets, including in Boston.

In 2013, Professor O’Brien served as lead policy consultant in Marty Walsh’s successful mayoral bid in Boston.

Professor O’Brien is a Regional Leader for , an organization whose mission is “connecting scholars and their research to policymakers, citizens associations, and the media.” The group furnishes leading-edge research from the nation’s colleges and universities, enabling lawmakers and other stakeholders to take advantage of important developments in the academic arena.

In this election year, we are excited to have such an astute observer of the political scene, both in Boston and nationally, and we look forward to Professor O’Brien’s analysis of current politics.

Ed and Ruth Roseland were longtime members of the Ethical Society of Boston. Both were very active contributors and highly valued in the community. The annual lecture pays tribute to their efforts to further the goals of the organization. The memorial lecture is supported by their son, Mark Roseland.

So, please mark your calendar for June 12. Professor O’Brien will be sharing her thoughts on a range of interesting subjects.