LOWELL -- On Monday, Oct. 24, 4-6 p.m., Irish humanitarian Richard Moore will discuss his life and work as a social activist during a free event for the public and campus at UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St.
Moore lost his eyesight as a 10-year-old in 1972 after a British soldier at an army post in Northern Ireland shot him with a rubber bullet as he ran past. Drawing on that experience, Moore founded Children in Crossfire in 1996, an organization that aids young people who are caught in a cycle of violence and poverty. A decade after launching the initiative, Moore met the soldier who shot him and the men have become friends. The event is presented by UMass Lowell's Center for Irish Partnerships, which fosters collaboration with educational institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland to promote student and faculty exchanges and research that explore the Irish and American experience.