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Food for Thought

Alumnae/i and friends connected for events around the country featuring “purposeful discussions” guided by speakers from campus.

In September Ellyn Dunford ’81 and Trustee Deborah Brittain ’74SW co-hosted a dinner at the Fort Myer, VA, home of Dunford and her husband, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. Provost Katie Conboy led a discussion on civil discourse.

Trustee Emerita Lauren Brisky ’73 and Agenia Clark P ’15 hosted a dinner in Nashville, where Katie Conboy led a conversation on “Truth through News and Art.”

Trustee Toby Sloane ’60 hosted an event in Highland Beach, FL, in March 2017; faculty members Laura Saunders ’01LS, ’10LSD, and Rachel Gans-Boriskin talked about “Truth-telling in a Fake News World.”

Fort Myer, VA
Photographs, from left: 1. Roberto Ifill and President Helen Drinan ’75LS, ’78SM hold documents formalizing the naming of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities in honor of his late sister Gwen Ifill ’77, 93HD (see story here). 2. Mellyssa de Paiva ’17, ’18GS and President Drinan. 3. Trustee Emerita Anne Bryant ’71, Kathleen Cox, and Janet Kerr-Tener. 4. Dinner attendees. 5. Trustee Deborah Brittain ’74SW, President Drinan, and Ellyn Dunford ’81 and General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. Photographs: Patrick Dunford

Highland Beach, FL
Photographs, from left: 1. Jennifer Donaldson, producer of Simmons’ video tribute to Gwen Ifill, Senior Lecturer Rachel Gans-Boriskin, Trustee Toby Sloane ’60, and Eileen Abels, dean of the School of Library and Information Science. 2. Dorine Seidman ’67, Associate Professor Laura Saunders ’01LS, ’10LSD, Marilyn Cohen ’67, and Frances Epstein ’80SM.

Multicultural Center Ribbon Cutting
Students and alumnae at the January 30 event included (clockwise, from back left) Mellyssa de Paiva ’17, ’18GS, Taylor Lewis ’17, Theresa Brewer ’78, Morgan Ward ’16, Sinai Sampson-Hill ’17, Celina Fernando ’19, and Nasyria Taylor ’19, president of the Black Student Organization (see story, page 7).

Nashville, TN
1. Beverly Carmichael and Lauren Holmes ’20. 2. Margaret Cornell ’95LS, Trustee Emerita Lauren Brisky ’73, and Emily Siner. 3. Elizabeth DeBauche, Sharon Roberson, Judge Aleta Arthur Trauger, and Agenia Clark P ’15. 4. Dinner attendees. Photographs: Patrick Dunford