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19th Annual Fall Reception

If You Want to Be Happy, Be Grateful: The Life and Teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast

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Please Join Us!

If You Want to be Happy, Be Grateful:
The Life and Teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

3 – 6 p.m.
Old Chapel, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The 2017 Friends of the Library Fall Reception celebrates the life and work of Brother David Steindl-Rast, whose archives are an important part of the Libraries’ Special Collections.

A scholar, writer, activist, and Benedictine monk, Brother David has shared a worldwide message of peace, interfaith dialog, social justice, and environmental stewardship for more than 50 years, and he is co-founder of the interactive online community A Network for Grateful Living.

This year’s program features three speakers from A Network for Grateful Living: Anthony Chavez, Brother David’s longtime travel assistant and grandson of Cesar Chavez; Kristi Nelson ’03, Executive Director; and Margaret Wakeley, Program & Community Development Coordinator.

Special Collections will curate an exhibit in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library of original items from Brother David’s archives.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Reservations are appreciated by September 22, 2017:, 413-545-3974.