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 2023 Zagoren Lecture (Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm via Zoom), “Storytelling for Social Change: Stories of Justice and Joy for a More Just Future,” featuring Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones ’15, pictured. She was named to Black Enterprise’s 40 Under 40 list for social impact last year, and is the new Executive Director of Rethinking Schools. The lecture is being hosted in honor of February’s national Black History Month. Dr. Kaler-Jones joins us to discuss the power of storytelling, in which she weaves examples from Black history with their relationship to navigating the present moment. This annual lecture features an alumna and is presented in honor of the late, long-time AADC Executive Director Adelaide Marcus Zagoren ’40.
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.”