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Paul Shannon Biographical Sketch

Paul Shannon is program staff for the Peace and Economic Security program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Cambridge, hosts regular educational forums at the Cambridge Public Library for the AFSC and has coordinated the National AFSC Film Lending Library for the past 26 years. For over 3 decades he has been active in various peace, union, prison reform, solidarity, economic justice and human rights movements particularly the Vietnam anti-war movement, the 1970's United Farm Workers movement, the South Africa anti-apartheid movement, the 1980's Central America and Cambodia solidarity movements, the Haiti Solidarity movement of the early 90's and the Afghanistan and Iraq anti-war movement. Paul has been teaching social science courses at colleges in the greater Boston area for the past 27 years. Since 1982 he has been teaching a course on the history of the Vietnam War at Middlesex Community College and occasionally teaches professional development courses on the Vietnam war for high school teachers at Northeastern University and Merrimack Educational Center. He is past editor of the Indochina Newsletter and has written numerous articles for peace movement publications. He is on the Board of Directors of the community/fan organization, Save Fenway Park. He currently represents the American Friends Service Committee on the Coordinating Committee of the United for Justice with Peace Coalition.


Paul E. Shannon
30 Hancock St. Somerville MA 02144
Home Telephone: 617-623-5288 Work Telephone: 617-497-5273


  1. Catholic Memorial High School, West Roxbury Mass. graduated first in class of 1965
  2. College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. A.B. Summa Cum Laude 1969
  3. Weston College School of Theology, Cambridge Mass. Theology Studies 1970
  4. Goddard College, Plainfield VT. M.A. 1975


  1. 1981 - Present: Middlesex Community College Part-time Instructor Social Science/ History Dept
  2. 2000 - Present: Summer Institute instructor, Northeastern University Professional Development Program
  3. 2001 - Present: Adjunct Faculty, Merrimack Education Center, Professional Development Program
  4. 1978 - Present: Director, National Film & Video Library, American Friends Service Committee, Cambridge
  5. 1995 - Present: Program staff on economic justice issues for the American Friends Service Committee
  6. 1999 - Present: Host, Monthly Global Economy Forums held at the Cambridge Public library
  7. 1971- Present: Public Speaker/Guest Lecturer for dozens of high schools, college organizations, college classes, conferences, religious organizations, community organizations, social issues groups, radio stations and civic organizations.
  8. 1979 - 2000: Editor: The Indochina Newsletter
  9. 1988 - 1993: Billerica House of Corrections Evening Instructor (through the Prison Institute of Middlesex Community College)
  10. 1989 - 1990: University of Massachusetts/Boston Harbor Campus Part-time instructor Law and Justice Dept.
  11. 1983 - 1984: College of Public and Community Service University of Massachusetts/Boston Part-time Instructor General Center
  12. 1982: University of Massachusetts/Boston Huntington Ave. Campus Part-time Instructor of Social Science
  13. 1977 - 1982: Boston State College Boston MA Adjunct Faculty Sociology Dept.
  14. 1973 - 1982: Campus Ministry Boston State College
  15. 1973 - 1977: Coordinator of Speakers Bureau for the Boston State College Campus Ministry
  16. 1976: Professor's Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  17. 1973 - 1974: U.S. History Teacher Boston College High School, Dorchester
  18. 1969 - 1974: Studies, tutoring, teaching and social service work (Boston City Hospital, Metropolitan State Hospital, Berkshire Farm for Boys) as a seminarian in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), New England Province


  1. Various op ed pieces and articles on social issues and current events for The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, The Boston Phoenix, The Real Paper, Z Magazine, The Sunday Times Union (Albany), The Cambridge Chronicle, The Somerville Journal, and numerous newsletters.
  2. The ABC's of the Vietnam War (2000, Indochina Newsletter, Cambridge MA) 

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