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First Year Experience, Common & Community Reads:

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists

Speakers Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn combine journalism and activism in their unique brand of reporting centered on human rights abuses and advocacy.

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Anousheh  Ansari
Anousheh Ansari

First Female Private Space Explorer

Anousheh Ansari is both the first female private space explorer and the first Iranian astronaut. She also co-founded Telecom Technologies and Prodea Systems.

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Rye  Barcott
Rye Barcott

Entrepreneur, Veteran & Bestselling Author

The founder of an NGO and a former Marine, Rye Barcott has the distinction of being both a warrior and a peacemaker, a juxtaposition he explores in the memoir It Happened on the Way to War.

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Kim  Barker
Kim Barker

NYT Investigative Reporter

"A sort of Tina Fey character who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to the adrenaline rush of war.” That’s how NYT first described Kim Barker when they reviewed her darkly comic memoir Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

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Jeff  Bauman
Jeff Bauman

Subject of the Movie Stronger, Boston Marathon Bombing Hero & Best-Selling Author

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and a national hero, Jeff Bauman shares his story in a presentation that will inspire. He is the subject of the movie Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal, based on his best-selling book of the same name.

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Stacey  Bess
Stacey Bess

Inspirational Educator & Author

The author of the memoir Nobody Don't Love Nobody, the story of her first teaching job at a school for homeless children, Stacey Bess shares a powerful message of mentorship and service.

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Gregory  Boyle
Gregory Boyle

Founder, Homeboy Industries

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in Los Angeles County. 

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Pearl  Cleage
Pearl Cleage

Playwright & Novelist

Speaker Pearl Cleage probes issues of race, sex, and love in her literary works. She authored popular books such as 2011's Just Want to Testify.

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