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Paepcke Auditorium

McCloskey Speaker Series - Dr. Ruth Simmons

July 30 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for an extraordinary discussion, From Sharecropper's Daughter to Trailblazer: A Conversation with Ruth Simmons, featuring Ruth Simmons, former president of Smith College, Brown University, and Prairie View A&M University, and Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Rice University, in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO, Dan Porterfield. Dr. Simmons will discuss her 2023 memoir, “Up Home: One Girl’s Journey,” a stirring narrative of her trajectory from growing up as the twelfth child of sharecroppers in the segregated South to becoming the first Black president of an Ivy League university, and a circumstance-defying story of a girl who stretched beyond the boundaries imposed upon her—and the extraordinary people who made it all possible.

Attendance is free to the public. Registration is required.