Michelle Alexander, Undergraduate Morning Speaker
A highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, social justice advocate, author, and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander has been a leading voice for racial equality in America. Her 2010 book, The New Jim Crow, deals with the high percentage of African American men incarcerated in the US; the book won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best non-fiction and remained on the New York Times Best Seller List for 10 months. She is currently an associate professor of law at Ohio State University.
Ms. Alexander will receive an honorary degree from Simmons College.
Professor Gary Bailey
Abigail Disney, Graduate Afternoon Speaker
A filmmaker, philanthropist, and activist, Abigail Disney has devoted her life to amplifying the voices of women fighting for peace in war-torn countries, and highlighting the key role women play in modern warfare. Her first film, the acclaimed documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, tells the inspirational story of Liberian women who came together to end their country's brutal civil war. The film won Best Documentary at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
Ms. Disney will receive an honorary degree from Simmons College.
Professor Beverly Sealey