Alumni Virtual Book Club: May/June Pick

The EC Alumni Book Club’s May/June book selection is Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe.

About Empire of Pain:
Patrick Radden Keefe's masterpiece of narrative reporting shares the secret history of the Sackler family, a philanthropic dynasty whose fortune was built on Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin—the highly-addictive prescription painkiller that helped launch the opioid crisis.

Keefe gave the 2021 Emmanuel College Dorothy Day Lecture during which he discussed how the Sacklers' prominent donations to universities and art museums obscured the family's connection to a public health emergency, the multiple investigations of the family and their company by authorities in Massachusetts and other states, and the dangers of impunity for the super elite.

The New York Times Books review of Empire of Pain:


Continue to learn beyond the classroom by joining your alumni peers in thought-provoking discussions on bi-monthly book selections. In this virtual setting via, discussion boards are always open and members can chat, participate and add to the conversation at their own leisure and pace.

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Friday, May 14

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