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 guests formative opportunities to connect with inspiring leaders and trailblazers.

L’Hommedieu Lecture

Many top speakers have delivered the L’Hommedieu Lecture since it was established in 1983, honoring Frances Bradley L’Hommedieu ’26. Most recently, in 2019, we welcomed Gail Collins, New York Times columnist, women’s historian and author.  Other notable speakers include in 2017 Nicholas Kristoff, the New York Times columnist and best-selling author, who is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes.  In 2012, Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” 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 hosts the annual Zagoren Lecture, which honors the late Adelaide Marcus Zagoren ’40, beloved alumnae leader and former AADC Executive Director. These intriguing lectures are delivered by alumnae leaders from diverse fields. The AADC is pleased to welcome our Caprice Jenerson ’90, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), who will deliver the AADC 2020 Zagoren Lecture on Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 PM in the Douglass Student Center in Trayes Hall. Caprice will share her advocacy as a criminal defense attorney for the last 21 years. Recent lecturers include Mary Norris ‘74, former copy editor at The New Yorker and bestselling author of “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen;” Patricia Teffenhart ’01, Executive Director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Emmy Award-winning television and film producer Susan Lester ’70; Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming ’90, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Laura Micheletti Puaca ’99, author of “Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980.”