Neilly Author Series

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Photo of Ian Manuel, author of My Time Will Come

Ian Manuel, My Time Will Come

 

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Book cover for 'My Time Will Come' by Ian Manuel

Date: November 15th, 2021
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtually, on Zoom

In this talk, Manuel will discuss his memoir, My Time Will Come, which details his rocky journey on the road to redemption, after being sentenced to life in prison without parole at the age of 14, and surviving 18 years in solitary confinement. Manuel will contemplate how writing poetry kept him sane and gave him hope, while incarcerated; how his relationship with his victim, who is now one of his closest friends and fiercest advocates, contributed to his release from prison in 2016; and how his experience sparked his career as a motivational speaker at schools and social organizations nationwide.

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Photo of Dorothy Wickenden, Author of The Agitators

Dorothy Wickenden, The Agitators

 

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Front cover to the book 'The Agitators' by Dorothy Wickenden

Date: October 19th, 2021
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtually, on Zoom

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In this lecture, Wickenden will discuss her new book, The Agitators. The book tells the story of America before, during, and after the Civil War, through the intimate perspective of three friends and neighbors in Auburn, New York—Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward, and Martha Coffin Wright. Wickenden will reflect on the parallels between the era leading up to the Civil War and our current era as she seeks to inspire the "agitator" inside us all.

About Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly

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Janet Dayton and Andrew H. Neilly
Janet Dayton and Andrew H. Neilly

In a wonderful millennium gift, Life Trustee Andrew H. Neilly and his wife, Janet, established a named, endowed library position at the University of Rochester with a $1 million gift. The Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries Endowment is used by the dean to support library programs designed to contribute to the intellectual life of the University and to enhance the libraries' collections related to academic initiatives. With this purpose, the Neilly Series was established in 2001.

The libraries have been the focus of Andy Neilly's interest at the University for many years. During the University's Campaign for the '90s, Andy and his co-chair and good friend, Jack Keil, raised several million dollars in support of the libraries. 

A graduate of the Class of 1947, Andy had a distinguished career in the field of publishing, serving as president, CEO, and vice chairman of the board of John Wiley & Sons in New York City before his retirement in 1995. Both he and Janet grew up in Rochester. Janet attended William Smith College and Northwestern University. She is a founder of Connecticut Hospice.

Andy has noted on many occasions:

The library is the key to the University. It is the center for everything else that happens here.