Conversations with Honored Guests, 2009


Margaret A. Bangser 81

“The Right to Be Safe: Fistula, Maternal Health and Health Equity in Tanzania.” A talk by Margaret A. Bangser ’81, founder and former director of the nonprofit Women’s Dignity.
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Peter Brown

“Intertwined Pasts.” A talk by Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University and the foremost historian of the period known as Late Antiquity.
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Thomas M. Davis III 71

“Bipartisanship in a Partisan Washington.” A talk by former seven-term Republican Congressman Thomas M. Davis III ’71.
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Leon Fleisher

“Discussing Anything Musical with Leon Fleisher.” Join Leon Fleisher, famed pianist, conductor and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in Piano at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
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Andrew R. Marks 76

“A Search for Novel Cures for Heart Disease, Muscle Fatigue and Muscular Dystrophy.” A talk by Andrew R. Marks ’76, M.D., biochemistry researcher and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University.
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Elon Musk

“Making Life Multi-Planetary.” A talk by Elon Musk,
co-founder of PayPal, CEO and Product Architect of
Tesla Motors and CEO and CTO of SpaceX.
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

“The Global Economic Crisis: Its Impact on Developing Countries.” A talk by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director of the World Bank and former Finance Minister of Nigeria.
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Frank Stella

“Obeying Verspohl.” A talk by
legendary abstract artist Frank Stella.
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Read more about Amherst’s 2009 honorands in the May 6 news release.