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Author Kate Hennessy Will Lead Book Talks at Alverno College and Marquette University


Kate Hennessy

Author Kate Hennessy, granddaughter and biographer of Dorothy Day, will be in Milwaukee leading book talks at both Alverno College and Marquette University. Her book, The World Will be Saved by Beauty, provides a look inside the family of the revered activist now being considered for sainthood. The events, which are free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, February 21 at 2 p.m. in Alverno College’s Bucyrus Conference Center, and Wednesday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Marquette University’s Raynor Memorial Libraries.

Day was a social activist, a pacifist and co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. A controversial figure, Day was named a “great American” by Pope Francis in his 2015 speech to Congress. The youngest of Day’s grandchildren, Hennessy draws upon her own relationship with her grandmother, as well as letters, diaries and interviews to give readers a never-before-seen look into Day’s private life. Hennessy’s talk will be a reflective and heartfelt discussion of Day and her legacy.

Copies of Hennessy’s book will be available for purchase and signing at Alverno College. For more information or to register for the event at Alverno, please email For more information or to register for the event at Marquette University, please visit

About Alverno College

Alverno College, a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college for women, exists to promote the personal and professional development of its students. The college has earned accolades and respect internationally for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, and has consulted with three U.S. presidential administrations on accountability and outcomes in higher education. For the last seven years, Alverno College has been ranked one of the top five schools in the Midwest doing “the best job of educating undergrads” by U.S. News & World Report. Educators from throughout the world visit Alverno to learn about its proven, student-centered teaching methods.

Alverno offers more than 60 major areas of study, including graduate programs in education, nursing, community psychology and business that are open to women and men. For more information about Alverno, visit or call 414-382-6100.

About Marquette University’s Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette University’s Raynor Memorial Libraries are a key partner in the research and teaching mission of the university, providing access to a vast range of research and archival collections, instructional services, dynamic spaces for study and collaboration, and deep expertise with managing scholarly information. The collections include more than 2 million print volumes, 30,000 digitized historical materials, and the J. R. R. Tolkien archival collection. Onsite services include a variety of comfortable study spaces, the Digital Scholarship Lab, and a café. Learn more about the libraries at