- UCSB Arts & Lectures Founder of Homeboy Industries Father Gregory Boyle
- The Power of Extravagant Tenderness
- Founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest and most successful gang intervention and rehabilitation program in the world
- Author of Tattoos on the Heart, Barking to the Choir and The Whole Language
- FREE copies of The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness by Father Gregory Boyle are available at Arts & Lectures’ Box Office, Goleta Valley Library and Santa Barbara Public Library courtesy of the Thematic Learning initiative (while supplies last)
- This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative and Justice For All series
- Monday, April 18th / 7:30 p.m. Pacific / Campbell Hall
- FREE Event (registration required)
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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Founder of Homeboy Industries Father Gregory Boyle The Power of Extravagant Tenderness on Monday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. Pacific at Campbell Hall. This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative and Justice For All series.
Father Gregory Boyle has transformed thousands of lives as the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest and most successful gang intervention and rehabilitation program in the world. He is also the author of Tattoos on the Heart, Barking to the Choir and The Whole Language. In this inspirational evening, Boyle and two Homeboy Industries program alumni will challenge our preconceptions and invite us to treat others – and ourselves – with acceptance and tenderness.
2016 JBF Awards: Father Gregory Boyle, Humanitarian of the Year >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I49XhAjCC_o
ABOUT FATHER GREGORY BOYLE
“Resilience is born by grounding yourself in your own loveliness, hitting notes you thought were way out of your range.” – Father Gregory Boyle
A native Angeleno and Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.
Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, he and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings.
In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.
Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship (2017) and, most recently, The Whole Language (2021).
Boyle has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, President Obama named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. He serves as a committee member of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Economic and Job Recovery Task Force as a response to COVID-19.
Arts & Lectures’ Thematic Learning Initiative (TLI) extends the conversation from the stage into the community, inspiring lifelong learning opportunities that initiate change and empowerment.
Father Gregory Boyle’s latest book, The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness, calls on readers to witness the transformative power of tenderness, providing a window into a world filled with fellowship and compassion.
Pick up a FREE copy of The Whole Language courtesy of TLI. Books are available starting Tuesday, March 29 at the following locations, while supplies last:
- Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.; Hours: Tue-Sat, 10 AM-5 PM
- Goleta Valley Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave.; Hours: Tue-Sat, 10 AM-5 PM
- Arts & Lectures Box Office, UCSB Campbell Hall; Hours: Mon-Fri, 10 AM-2 PM
With thanks to our visionary partners, Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin, for their support of the Thematic Learning Initiative
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Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond.
A&L’s 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative has already inspired our community with presentations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, chef José Andrés and author Anne Lamott. We will continue to inspire, through shared experiences with thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries who will guide us forward. CREATING HOPE programs strengthen human connection, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change. Learn more about the CREATING HOPE: https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/CreatingHope.aspx
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Justice for All Lead Sponsors: Marcy Carsey, Connie Frank & Evan Thompson, Zegar Family Foundation, and Anonymous
UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.