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May's Pick of the Month: 'The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left'

Written by witf.org | May 2, 2012 2:12 PM

William O'Rourke was a young journalist when he covered the infamous Harrisburg Seven trial 40 years ago, when priests and nuns turned anti-war activists were accused of plotting to blow up steam tunnels in Washington, D.C., and kidnap Henry Kissinger.  

First published in 1972, O'Rourke's evocative first-hand account of The Harrisburg Seven and the Rise of the New Catholic Left was praised by Gary Wills in the New York Times as "a clinical x-ray of our society's condition."  Now Notre Dame University Press has reissued O'Rourke's gripping narrative of the trial, in a special anniversary edition with an extended Afterword.   

This spring, defendant Elizabeth McAlister, Bucknell Professor Gene Chenoweth, Harrisburg Independent Press editor Ed Zuckerman, and lawyer Charles Glackin returned to Harrisburg to reflect on the fortieth anniversary of this important trial.  

O'Rourke presented a keynote address.  Free podcasts of O'Rourke's talk and the panel discussion, along with a synopsis of the trial, are available online at www.midtownscholar.com.

A Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, and the founding director of Notre Dame's graduate creative writing program, O'Rourke has published four novels and five nonfiction books.

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