The Martin Institute for Law & Society

The Martin Institute seeks to prepare the students of Stonehill College for leadership as active citizens in service to an improved human community. Through rigorous, critical interdisciplinary inquiry, the Institute challenges students to explore the vital issues of public policy and social justice. It is committed to a curriculum and co-curriculum that bridges theory and practice, inviting student curiosity in and engagement with the pressing issues of the day.


Stonehill Trio Concert

Join Stonehill faculty, violinist Dr. So Young Kwon, pianist Dr. Ana Sorina Popa, and cellist Dr. Ellie We, for their Spring concert. Tea will be served. Monday, April 3rd @ 2:00pm. Martin Auditorium.

"Eye in the Sky" Film Screening

Wednesday, April 5th @ 7:00pm Martin Auditorium Panelists to be announced

James Robert Carroll - One of Ourselves: JFK in Ireland

Monday, March 20th 11:30am - 1:00pm Martin Institute Auditorium This book is a day-by-day, hour-by-hour account of President Kennedy's visit to Ireland in late June 1963: the places he visited; the people he met – political and cultural luminaries and average Irish citizens alike; the throngs who…

Paper Lanterns Film Screening

Thursday, March 16th @ 7:00pm Martin Institute Auditorium Barry Frechette '92 has captured Mori's story of humanity and perseverance in a moving new documentary, Paper Lanterns. Join Barry for a screening and conversation.

Lunch with Kristen Hughes

Jon the Chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party for a conversation on Massachusetts and party politics. Lunch will be served; RSVP to Monday, March 13th 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

A Legislative Briefing

State Representatives Claire Cronin (D) and Hannah Kane (R) will give an update on the work of the 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Lunch will be served; RSVP to Monday, February 27th 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Martin Institute Presents: "The Catastrophic Self", Book Talk and lunch

Professor Emeritus Molly Benjamin will read excerpts from her book where she explores the relationship between first person narrative & analytic philosophy as they themselves wrestle with the deep experiences of medical trauma, and how medical trauma shapes a human life. Tuesday, October 25 @ 1:00…

Guest Speaker Joseph Adly

Joe Aldy is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Monday, October 26th @ 7:00pm Martin Institute Auditorium

Close to Evil:A Conversation about Reconciliation, Atonement and Common Humanity

Featuring Holocaust Survivor Tomi Reichental. Tuesday, October 27th @ 7:00pm in The Martin Institute Auditorium.

The Martin Institute Presents:

Marty Walsh - Mayor - Against All Odds Mayor Walsh to visit the Martin Institute: Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00pm Pettit Atrium, Shields Science Center Open to the public For more information contact or 508-565-1131

The Martin Institute Presents: Admiral Michelle J. Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 9:30 – 11am In honor of its 25th anniversary, The Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College presents: Admiral Michelle J. Howard Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michelle Howard, a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is the first…


The Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law & Society was established in memory of Joseph Martin Jr. (1884-1968), the former Speaker of the House of Representatives. As a Congressman representing a nearby district, Speaker Martin had a close relationship with the College and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 1955. Upon Speaker Martin's death in 1968, the College acquired his papers and documents.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law legislation for the creation of an institute at Stonehill College in Martin's honor. Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law & Society was constructed by Stonehill in 1990 with Congressional funding.