O'Connor Lecture


The Annual Daniel Patrick O'Connor Memorial Lecture exists to promote the principles of scholarship, research, and volunteerism in the service for social justice. The Daniel Patrick O'Connor Memorial Lectureship Endowed Fund is made possible through generous contributions from Margaret O'Connor, Michael and Kathie O'Connor, and their friends.


2022-2023 O'Connor Lecture


Mimi Khúc

"Touring the Abyss: Student Mental Health on the Road"


Wednesday, September 14th, 2022 at 7:00pm

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Edith Kinney Gaylord
Cornerstone Arts Center
825 N. Cascade Ave.


Our students are dying. This is a reality many of us, including students themselves, have not been able to face. We have not been able to look directly at the mental health crisis happening beneath the veneer of our beautiful universities--a crisis the pandemic has only exacerbated. In this year’s Daniel Patrick O'Connor Memorial Lecture, Dr. Mimi Khúc invites us to look at this crisis together, sharing what she’s learned on a speaking tour over the last six years, working with students on campuses across the country.

Dr. Khúc is a writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell. An adjunct lecturer in Disability Studies at Georgetown University, she is the 2023 Scholar/Artist/Activist in Residence for FLOURISH: Community-Engaged Arts and Social Wellness at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and the managing editor of the arts non-profit The Asian American Literary Review. Her work includes Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health, a hybrid book-arts project decolonizing Asian American unwellness, and the Open in Emergency Initiative, a multi-year national project developing mental health arts programming with universities and community spaces. She has a forthcoming creative-critical book on mental health, the university, and a pedagogy of unwellness titled dear elia: Letters from the Asian American Abyss, a journey into the depths of Asian American unwellness and an exploration of new approaches to building collective care.

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Past O'Connor Lecturers

2021 -- Roberto Lovato
2020 -- Rosa Clemente 
2019 -- Forrest Stuart
2018 -- Deyanira Aldana
2017 -- Matthew Desmond
2016 -- Jay MacLeod
2015 -- Gary Snyder
2013 -- Roberto Gonzales
2012 -- Josh Fox
2011 -- Reza Aslan
2010 -- Jessica Jackley
2009 -- Alan Weisman
2008 -- Naomi Klein
2007 -- Bill McKibben
2006 -- Jim Wallis
2005 -- Thomas Frank
2004 -- Amy Goodman
2003 -- Nancy Folbre
2002 -- Nancy Fraser
2001 -- Kevin Danaher
2000 -- Jay MacLeod
1999 -- Randall Kennedy
1998 -- Jody Kretzmann
1997 -- William Julius Wilson
1996 -- Gary Snyder
1994 -- Vandana Shiva
1993 -- Richard Moore
1992 -- Robert Bullard