The Catherine McLaughlin Hakim '70 Lecture Series is an annual lecture series established by Dr. Raymond Hakim in honor of his late wife, Catherine McLaughlin Hakim '70. A sociology major at Emmanuel, Catherine studied under longtime sociology professor Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND, who left an especially indelible mark on her student experience. The lecture series commemorates Catherine's life, her fondness for Emmanuel, and the relationships she formed at the College and continued to maintain throughout her life.

The Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Sociology. Lectures focus on issues of sociology, social justice and public policy on the local, national and international levels. Former speakers include Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion, William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, and Mary C. Waters, the M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology and former chair of the Sociology Department at Harvard University.