The College of the Holy Cross will kick off the second half of “Opening Doors,” its 40th anniversary of coeducation celebration, with lectures by women who have led the way in their fields and written about personal and professional choices — including CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien and former White House director of policy planning Anne-Marie Slaughter.
Their talks, both open to the public, are part of the College’s 40th anniversary of coeducation celebration, featuring a robust lineup of events throughout the 2012-13 academic year. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae have had—and will continue to have—extensive opportunities to reflect on, acknowledge, and commemorate the moment in 1972 when the College opened its doors to women students for the first time. Planned events span all academic disciplines—from the arts to science—and explore the impact of Holy Cross alumnae in fields ranging from business to medicine to civic life.
CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien will deliver the 47th Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture on March 19 at 8 p.m. in the Hogan Ballroom. O’Brien is the anchor for the CNN morning show “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” and a special correspondent for the network. Since joining CNN in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-breaking and critically acclaimed documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. In 2010, she wrote a critically acclaimed memoir, “The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities,” which chronicles her most significant reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences. Since 1965, the Hanify-Howland lecture series has brought to the Holy Cross campus a series of distinguished speakers who have exemplified in their own work the spirit of public service that the series was established to encourage.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, will give a talk titled “Measuring Success: Women, Work and Family in the 21st Century” on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Rehm Library. Sponsored by the economics department, the talk will be followed by a panel discussion. From 2009 to 2011, Slaughter served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. She is the author of the controversial Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” Other panelists include Sheila Cavanaugh ’81, consultant and former senior vice president of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States; and Megan Fox-Kelly ’99, assistant chaplain and director of retreats at Holy Cross.
Other events scheduled as part of the anniversary celebration include:
Among the events held earlier this year on campus:
Members of 40th Anniversary of Coeducation Coordinating Committee include:
Nancy Andrews, classics
David Chu, Ciocca entrepreneurial studies
Jacqueline Distefano ’13
Kristyn Dyer ’94, alumni relations
Ruth Ann Elias ’76, president’s office
Marybeth Kearns-Barrett ’84, chaplains’ office
Shawn Maurer, English
Theresa McBride, history
Mable Millner, student affairs
Dorisanne Ragon ’13
Ellen Ryder, public affairs
Jacqueline Peterson, student affairs
Brenda Hounsell Sullivan, student affairs
Helen Whall, English
Amy Wolfson, psychology, dean’s office
Donna Wrenn, human resources
Ann Zelesky, athletics
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