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‘Boston After The Bombings’: Hope And Healing

On Point host Tom Ashbrook moderated “Boston After the Bombings: A Public Conversation of Hope & Healing” on Wednesday, April 24, at Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theatre. This  free community event was presented by WBUR and The Boston Foundation, with support from Emerson College, ArtsEmerson, M. Steinert & Sons  and the Boston University School of Music. It was broadcast live on WBUR and streamed on You can watch a video of the event here:

Or, if you prefer, listen to the full conversation here:

Pianist Han Na Son, with whom the late Lu Lingzi studied at Boston University, opened the program with a performance of Chopin’s Nocturne in c minor, Opus 48, No. 1. (She returned later in the evening with Claude Debussy’s “Reflets dans l’eau” and Johannes Brahms’s Intermezzo, opus 118, No. 2.)

Tom then introduced the first of two panels to discuss the immediate effects of the Marathon bombings on the Boston community. This panel included:

Dr. Natalie Stavas, a resident at Children’s Hospital who was running the Marathon near the finish line when the explosions occurred. Despite a broken foot, she leapt over the barricades and rushed to provide first aid to the victims.

Daniel Linskey, superintendent-in-chief of the Boston Police Department, who supervised the department’s role in the investigation and was in the command post in Watertown during the manhunt that ended in one suspect’s death and the other’s arrest. (Read Linskey’s account of the bombings and the manhunt.)

Dr. Peter Burke, chief of trauma services at Boston Medical Center

Paul Grogan, president of The Boston Foundation

Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission

Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe columnist

The second panel, which broadened to discuss the larger implications and long-term effects of the bombings, featured:

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst

Imam Shuhaib Webb, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

Rev. Ray Hammond, Bethel AME Church

Dr. Eli Newberger, author and pediatrician, Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital

Ayanna Pressley, Boston city councilor at-large


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