Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Lectures
The AADC continues to foster a strong commitment to learning at every stage of life. The L’Hommedieu and Zagoren lecture series provide alumnae and friends informative opportunities to connect with inspiring leaders and trailblazers.
The AADC is proud to announce that we will be presenting another opportunity for alumnae to come together to connect and learn as we host the Virtual 2022 Zagoren Lecture, “The Less Visible Pandemic,” featuring MaryBeth Musumeci ’96 on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 7:00 pm ET, viz Zoom. Register here. In her lecture, she will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the “less visible pandemic” of health care disparities and has created pressing needs, such as better mental health care, affordable adequate shelter, food and living wages. In addition, she will discuss the emerging needs of a new, chronically disabled population of those with “long-COVID.”
MaryBeth Musumeci ’96 received her B.A. with highest honors from Douglass College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is currently Associate Director at the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she concentrates on Medicaid for people with disabilities, including issues related to people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and long-term services and supports.
She is active with the AADC Washington D.C. Regional Connection Group, serves as Fund Agent for the Class of 1996 and is a consistent supporter of the AADC Annual Appeal. MaryBeth was also a panelist on the Women Changing the World panel at AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend in 2018. She received three Alumnae Fellowships through the AADC.
Previously, she held a Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellowship at Villanova University School of Law. She also spent eight years as a civil legal aid lawyer, most recently as the Deputy Legal Advocacy Director of the Disabilities Law Program at Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. in Wilmington, DE, where her practice focused on Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, other public benefits programs, and civil rights and accessibility issues. Prior to this, she developed and taught a seminar in Public Benefits Law at Widener University School of Law, clerked in the Delaware Family Court, and held an Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship representing women transitioning from welfare to work in Chester, Pennsylvania.
The AADC presented the 2021 L’Hommedieu Lecture: An Evening with Dr. Bernice A. King, on October 28, 2021. It was the first-ever to be presented virtually. The lecture is free and open to our alumnae community, friends, the greater Rutgers community and the public.
Many top speakers have delivered the L’Hommedieu Lecture since it was established in 1983, honoring Frances Bradley L’Hommedieu ’26. Notable speakers include Gail Collins, New York Times columnist, women’s historian and author, in 2019; and Nicholas Kristoff, the New York Times columnist, best-selling author and recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes, in 2017. In 2012, we welcomed Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” who lectured to an inspired audience of over 1,000 people. The next year brought Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black.”