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Inauguration Week Hyland Lecture

October 3, 2011

The College was pleased to host its annual Hyland lecture this afternoon with the honorable Marie St. Fleur as guest speaker. Many alumni, faculty and students gathered in College Hall Foyer to hear the former state representative give a thoughtful and passionate talk on why women should be in politics. The Hyland Lecture was instituted by classmates of Barbara Kelleher Hyland ’65 who served in the Massachusetts Legislature for many years. With two of her legislative colleagues, Lida Harkins ’66 and Carol Donovan ’59, Hyland formed across the aisle what was sometimes known as “the Regis caucus” in the Massachusetts House. Harkins and Donovan were n the audience today, as was President Antoinette Hays, who met with St. Fleur before the lecture to talk about the Regis College Haiti Project, among other subjects. In the lecture, St. Fleur explained her working definition of politics as “the allocation and distribution of power” and then explained what power is for – namely, to make life better for the next generation. She addressed current students directly, urging them to take up their responsibility, find their cause, network.  Both for current students and for her own daughters in college, St. Fleur noted that “we are all proud of you, finding your voice early… You have so many choices and you are willing to explore them.”
Marie St. Fleur
Marie St. Fleur & President Hays

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