Audio Recordings

Talks by Honorary Degree Recipients, Commencement Weekend 2015

Jim Ansara

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From Post-Earthquake Haiti to Post-Ebola West Africa: Lessons from Paul Farmer and Partners in Health.”
Jim Ansara ’82, founder and chairman of Shawmut Design and Construction, founder of The Ansara Family Fund and founder of Build Health International.

Eric Carle

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How to Make The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
Eric Carle, award-winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books.


Sonya Clark

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Hair to There and Back Again.”
Sonya Clark ’89, a contemporary artist renowned for her original use of common materials to address race, class and history and chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Alice Rivlin

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Civil Discourse: Is It Possible?
Alice Rivlin, the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution.


Pardis Sabeti

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Cooperation and Collaboration in Response to Outbreaks.
Pardis Sabeti, computational geneticist and associate professor at Harvard's FAS Center for Systems Biology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and a member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Paul Smith

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Witness to a Legal Revolution.”
Paul M. Smith ’76 talks about the experience of arguing a landmark Supreme Court gay rights case in 2003 and how the law moved swiftly since then to extend constitutional equality to LGBT Americans.