May 16, 2013

Preeminent Expert on Foreign Affairs to Give Commencement Speech at Lafayette

Preeminent Expert on Foreign Affairs and Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter to Give Commencement Speech at Lafayette

Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter was first woman director of policy planning at U.S. State Department under Hillary Clinton

Lafayette College will hold its 178th Commencement at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 outside on the campus Quad. The rain location is the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center, Kamine Gymnasium.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, one of the nation’s most influential commentators on international relations and global issues, is the Commencement speaker. A professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, she will assume the presidency of the New America Foundation in September 2013.

She will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

In her speech, Slaughter will urge graduates to follow their heart not only when it comes to work but the people they love. She’ll also address the importance of broadening one’s range of life choices.

A prolific tweeter @SlaughterAM, Slaughter is the author of the viral article in The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” which spurred widespread discussion of work-life balance issues. She has also been fiercely critical of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In, which urges women to be more assertive in their career ambitions.

Despite philosophical differences between the two women, Slaughter gave Sandberg’s book a favorable review in the New York Times.

This is not the first time Slaughter is coming to Lafayette. In October 2012, she delivered the inaugural lecture in Lafayette’s Class of 1961 International Speaker Series, which was titled, “The Big Picture: Beyond Hot Spots and Crises in Our Interconnected World.”

Click here to read more about Slaughter and watch a video of her being interviewed by a Lafayette student.

In addition to Slaughter, Lafayette is awarding honorary degrees to the following:

Daniel H. Weiss,
who has served as the 16th president of Lafayette since 2005, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Joseph T. Cox ’68
, headmaster of The Haverford School and a Lafayette trustee, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

Robert A. Pastor ’69, a professor of international relations at American University, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

An honorary Doctor of Literature degree will be awarded to the acclaimed British author Martin Amis.

Read more about Lafayette’s Commencement online.

Photo: Denise Applewhite. Higher res shots available online,

Kathleen Parrish
Associate Director of Media Relations
Lafayette College
Communications Division
Easton, PA 18042