2015-2016 Speakers


Julia Alvarez, AA ‘ 67

Julia Alvarez AA ’67 is the author of numerous books, novels and poems, most notably How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. Her newest book, Afterlife, is her first adult novel in over ten years.

Latinx Heritage Keynote Speaker

Leo S. Ullman ’57

Leo Ullman ’57 is the author of 796 Days: Hiding as a child in occupied Amsterdam during WWII and then coming to America. His story is a sobering reminder of one of history’s darkest periods and underscores the importance of honoring the stories of survivors of the Holocaust.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Speaker


Janet Mock

Fearless advocate and author of two books, Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me and Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Mock has since written and directed for POSE (FX), THE POLITICIAN (Netflix) and HOLLYWOOD (Netflix).

2016 MLK Day Speaker


Justin Simien

Justin Simien is an award winning writer, producer and director. His first full length film Dear White People was conceived during his college years and has since been adapted into a Netflix series now in its 4th season. His new film Bad Hair premiered at Sundance in 2019.

Black Arts Month Keynote Speaker

Marlom Meirelles

Marlom Meirelles is a writer, director and producer from a small town in the countryside of Brazil. His most recent project is the film “Olhos de Botão” (Button Eyes, 2015), a fictional suspense/thriller film that takes place in Brazil.

Latinx Heritage Keynote Speaker


Jesse Ehrenfeld ’57

Jesse Ehrenfeld ’57 currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. He is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Surgery, Biomedical Informatics and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Director of Education Research for the Vanderbilt Office of Health Sciences Education and Director of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health. Dr. Ehrenfeld continues to serve as a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve.

2015 Youth From Every Quarter ASM Speaker

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