Lowell Lecture

“The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End" with Gary M. Pomeranz

Date & Time

Oct. 29, 2018 at 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Suffolk University - Sargent Hall
Fifth Floor Commons
120 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108
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Gary M. Pomeranz

Presenting Organization

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University


Current Affairs History Politics


Susan Spurlock (fordhallforum@suffolk.edu, (617) 994-6899)

Gary M. Pomeranz, acclaimed Stanford University historian and author of “The Lass Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End,” will give a talk and book reading. Former Suffolk University Athletic Director Jim Nelson will serve as moderator.

THE LAST PASS situates the Celtics dynasty against the full dramatic canvas of American life in the 50s and 60s. It is an enthralling portrait of the heart of this legendary team that throws open a window onto the wider world at a time of wrenching social change. About to turn ninety, Bob Cousy, the Hall of Fame Boston Celtics captain who led the team to its first six championships on an unparalleled run, has much to look back on in contentment. But he has one last piece of unfinished business. In the “last pass” he hopes to close the circle with his great partner on those celebrated teams, fellow Hall of Famer Bill Russell, now 84. Cousy was famously ahead of his time as an NBA player in terms of race and civil rights, but as decades passed, Cousy blamed himself for not having done enough, for not having publicly defended Russell, and for not having understood the depth of prejudice Russell faced as an African American star in a city with a fraught history regarding race.