University of Pittsburgh
January 8, 2008

Falk Foundation President to Address Civil Rights Issues in a Lecture At Pitt's Center on Race and Social Problems


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH- Kerry O'Donnell, president of the Falk Foundation, will deliver a lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14, to kick off the Reed Smith Spring 2008 Speaker Series at Pitt's Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP), part of the School of Social Work.

Her talk, titled "The Erosion of Civil Rights and Community Responses," will take place at 2017 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. It is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided and registration is not required. For more information, call 412-624-7382 or visit

Prior to joining the Falk Foundation, O'Donnell served as program manager in the Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program for International Peace at the U.S. Institute of Peace and managed postdoctoral Fulbright exchanges with Latin American countries at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. She founded and directed a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization that offered help to both juvenile offenders and crime victims. Under a contract with the U.S. Department of Justice at American University, she has evaluated more than 700 adult, juvenile, and tribal drug court programs across the country.

__O'Donnell serves on the boards of the Brother's Brother Foundation, Pitt's Institute of Politics, and the Carnegie Mellon University's Center on African American Urban Studies and the Economy. She volunteers as a mediator with the state's Office of the Victim Advocate and as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children. She also trains a miniature horse to be a companion to children with terminal illnesses. O'Donnell has received the Racial Justice Award from the Pittsburgh YWCA and the Making the Connection Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Three other lectures over the next three months are slated as part of the CRSP Reed Smith Spring 2008 Speaker Series. Details will be forthcoming.