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.

L’Hommedieu Lecture

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Douglass Student Center | 7:00 pm

Truth & Reconciliation: Healing Wounds |Featuring Nontombi Naomi Tutu, Race & Gender Justice Activist  


The first step to healing is so often the hardest. What comes after that is healing and wholeness. Using South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a starting place and model in this presentation, the Rev. Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, talks about how we can heal as individuals and as a society. The biennial L’Hommedieu Visiting Lecturer Series is presented by the AADC and made possible through the generosity of the late Frances Bradley L’Hommedieu ’26. 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 Dr. Bernice A. King, 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.”

Zagoren Lecture

The AADC hosted the Virtual 2023 Zagoren Lecture, “Storytelling for Social Change: Stories of Justice and Joy for a More Just Future,” featuring Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones ’15, pictured, on February 22. She was named to Black Enterprise’s 40 Under 40 list for social impact last year, and recently became Executive Director of Rethinking Schools. The lecture was hosted in honor of February’s national Black History Month. Dr. Kaler-Jones shared the power of storytelling, weaving examples from Black history with their relationship to navigating the present moment. This annual lecture is free and open to the public. It features an alumna and is presented in honor of the late AADC Executive Director Adelaide Marcus Zagoren ’40. Thank you to Adelaide’s daughter, Laura Zagoren Baron ’70, for her continued support of the lecture.