Bringing More Than Four Decades of Top Speakers Thru the Biennial L’Hommedieu Lecture

Many top speakers have delivered the L’Hommedieu Lecture since it was established some 40 years ago in 1983, honoring Frances Bradley L’Hommedieu ’26. From best-selling authors and Pulitzer Prize recipients to innovative leaders, this free lecture is open to Douglass alumnae, our AADC community, the Rutgers community and the public.  It is hosted by the AADC every other fall.

Race and gender activist Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu delivered our most-recent L’Hommedieu Lecture in October 2023. Notable speakers also include Dr. Bernice A. King, Gail Collins, New York Times columnist, women’s historian and author, in 2019; and Nicholas Kristoff, the New York Times columnist, best-selling author and recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes, in 2017. Author and journalist Roxana Saberi shared from her experience living and working in Iran where she was abducted, falsely accused of espionage, in our 2016 lecture. In 2012, we welcomed Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” who lectured to an inspired audience of over 1,000 people. The next year brought Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black.”