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Kegley Institute of Ethics Presents 14th Fall Lecture featuring Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries

The Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield is happy to announce that Gregory Boyle will deliver the 14th Annual KIE Fall Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., at the CSUB Doré Theatre.

Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. Boyle’s lecture is titled, “Gangs and Social Enterprises: The Ethics of Kinship.”

In 1988, Boyle and colleagues started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life. 

Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.  His 2017 book is the Los Angeles Times-bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship

Boyle has received the California Peace Prize and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.  In 2014, the White House named Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Kegley Family, Kaiser Permanente and Adventist Health Bakersfield, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, the Reach 4 Greatness Mentoring Program, St. Francis Parish, and the CSUB Walter W. Stiern Library.

Free parking is available for this event in Lots A, B, C, and J on the CSUB Campus (after 6 p.m.). For additional information, please call KIE at (661) 654-6263.

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