Conversations with Honored Guests

Audio Recordings of Talks by Honorary Degree Recipients

Commencement Weekend 2014


David Brooks (photo by Hao Lieu '16)

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“The Road to Adulthood.”
David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist, analyst on PBS NewsHour and frequent guest commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Cullen Jones (photo by Rob Mattson)

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“Striving for Excellence.”
Cullen Jones, record-breaking swimmer and four-time Olympic medalist.


Thai Lee ’80

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“One Entrepreneur's Journey After Amherst.”
Thai Lee ’80, president and CEO of SHI International Corp., a global provider of information technology software, hardware and professional services.

Nate Silver

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“The Signal and the Noise: Why Predictions Fail in the Era of Big Data.”
Nate Silver, statistician, best-selling author and editor-in-chief of ESPN’s “FiveThirtyEight” blog.


Sarah Sze

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“Making Models, Breaking Models: Art from a Cosmos to a Cup.”
Sarah Sze, contemporary artist and professor at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Jide Zeitlin (photo by Niahlah Hope '15)

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“From Ibadan to Amherst with Love.”
Jide Zeitlin ’85, trustee emeritus of Amherst College; chair of Coach, Inc.; and founder of The Keffi Group.