Programs:Speaker's Millennium Lecture

The late Pulitzer-Prize winning author Frank McCourt was the featured 2008 Speaker's Millennium Lecturer.

Frank McCourt presented the 7th Speaker's Millennium Lecture on November 10, 2008.

"A triumphant American story."
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Pulitzer Prize-winner Frank McCourt shared his powerful story—Ireland to America: An Immigrant's Journey—at PHC's seventh annual Speaker's Millennium Lecture on Monday, November 10, 2008. Presented in Harrisburg's Hall of the House of Representatives, the lecture reflected on how McCourt's growth as an individual and as a writer was influenced by his experiences with childhood poverty and immigration. McCourt also touched on how he found his voice as a writer and what motivates him to write.

The Speaker's Millennium Lecture was televised live on Pennsylvania Cable Network on Monday, November 10 at 7:00pm reaching thousands of homes statewide. If you missed the live broadcast, you have another opportunity to see McCourt's lecture. Visit (under Special Presentation/Millennium Lecture) and watch it as a streaming video.

Frank McCourt was born in 1930 in Brooklyn, New York to Irish immigrant parents. He grew up in Limerick, Ireland and returned to America in 1949. McCourt gained international recognition for his memoir Angela's Ashes, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the LA Times Book Award. Next, he wrote 'Tis about his life as an immigrant in the U.S. (featured in PHC's Read About It! program). His most recent work, Teacher Man, describes his teaching career in the New York City public school system, which spanned 30 years.

The 2008 lecture was generously supported by:

Press Release: PA Speaker of the House Dennis O'Brien Announces Frank McCourt to Deliver 2008 Speaker's Millennium Lecture [16K PDF]

History of the Lecture
Since 2000, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council has partnered with the Speaker's Office of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to host the Millennium Lecture. Each year, an audience of 600-700 assembles in the Hall of the House of Representatives for this event. The award-winning Frank McCourt joins the ranks of several other distinguished Speakers.

View previous Speakers.