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Robert Ellsberg: Son of "Most Dangerous Man in America"

Thursday, June 09, 2011
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Event Type:
Scott Kennedy; RCNV
(831) 457-8003
515 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Location Details:
Holy Cross Parish Hall
170 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA

Robert Ellsberg will share his personal story “for the first time” about growing up within the U.S. peace movement on Thursday June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish Hall in Santa Cruz. As a 13-year-old, Robert helped his father Daniel Ellsberg photocopy thousand of pages of classified Pentagon Papers that disclosed the U.S. government conscious pursuit of a losing War on Vietnam. A 2009 Academy Awards nominated film documentary about these disclosures features Daniel Ellsberg as “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and includes an interview with son Robert Ellsberg.

Ellsberg will speak on “One Candle Lights Another: The Pentagon Papers, Gandhi, Dorothy Day, and My Life with the Saints.”

Influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, Robert Ellsberg dropped out of college at age 19 to join the Catholic Worker, a pacifist movement that participates in nonviolent direct action and provides food and shelter to the poor and homeless.

He became managing editor of The Catholic Worker newspaper and came to know and, work closely for five years with Dorothy Day (1897-1980), co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Day's cause for canonization or sainthood, as one of the most inspiring figures of recent history, remains open in the Catholic Church.

As official Editor of Day’s Personal Papers he has published The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day (2008) and All the Way to Heaven: Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. Ellsberg is Publisher of Orbis Books.

He has also edited writings by Gandhi, Flannery O’Connor, Thich Nhat Hanh, Charles de Foucauld, Fritz Eichenberg, and Carlo Carretto.

The event is hosted by Pax Christi and The Social Justice Ministry of Holy Cross Parish and the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV). A local host committee includes Bob Fitch, Photographer responsible for some of the iconic images of Dorothy Day; Scott Kennedy of the Resource Center for Nonviolence; Sheilah Lynch, Director of Family Life & Social Concerns for the Monterey Diocese; Fr. Mike Marini, former pastor at Holy Cross; Ellen and Brian Murtha; Mel Nunez of Pax Christi Social Justice Ministry of Holy Cross
and Rev. Herb Schmidt, UCSC Campus Pastor Emeriti.

There is no charge and a free will donation will benefit the St. Francis Soup Kitchen and Holy Cross Food Pantry in Santa Cruz. For more information: 831.423.1626 or

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