News || Feb 28, 2018
The MA in Critical Studies program recently hosted a talk by author Jerry McGill who was interviewed this week on OPB's Think Out Loud. McGill was shot in the back by an unknown assailant when he was 13 years old and was left paralyzed. In the interview, McGill talks about how his life was changed in a moment, his gratitude for the hospital staff as he recovered, and reads from the letter he wrote to his assailant, which became his memoir, Dear Marcus: A Letter To The Man Who Shot Me.
McGill's book is an inspiring narrative about the moments in life that shape us—those that catch us by surprise, that blindside us, but that present us with opportunities for growth, reflection, compassion, and forgiveness. He has traveled the globe mentoring disabled children and sharing the experiences in his life that evolved from his transformative encounter with Marcus. Jerry McGill holds a BA in English literature from Fordham University and a MFA in education from Pacific University in Oregon.