Mia McKenzie announced as keynote speaker for Reunion 2015 dinner
Antioch College is thrilled to announce award-winning writer Mia McKenzie as the keynote speaker for the College’s Reunion Dinner during Reunion weekend. McKenzie will deliver her speech the evening before Congressman John Lewis takes the stage as the College’s official Commencement speaker.
Creator of “Black Girl Dangerous,” a multi-faceted forum for the literary and artistic expression of queer and trans people of color, McKenzie’s work promotes understanding of issues from race and queerness, to class and gender—areas of relevance and passion for Antioch students and alumni. McKenzie, a self-described black feminist and queer, provides a fresh, witty and insightful viewpoint that encourages readers to look deeper when contemplating these topics.
McKenzie’s first novel, “The Summer We Got Free,” won the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction. Her second book, also titled “Black Girl Dangerous,” is an educational tool currently used in many colleges and universities across the country. McKenzie’s work has also won awards and grants, such as the 2009 Astraea Foundation Writers Fund Award and the 2011 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award.
Her work has been published in The Guardian and Colorlines, quoted on The Melissa Harris Perry Show and recommended by The Root, Feministing, Angry Asian Man and Crunk Feminist Collective, to name a few.
McKenzie’s keynote address will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015. Tickets must be purchased in advance. To learn more about the combined Reunion/Commencement 2015: “From Civil Rights to Social Justice,” visit alumni.antiochcollege.org/reunion2015.
LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall ‘92
President Obama nominates alumna LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall ’92 to serve on U.S. District Courts
On November 12, 2014, the White House announced President Obama’s nomination of Antioch alumna LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall ‘92 to serve on the U.S. District Courts. Hall was recommended by Senator Kristen Gillibrand for judgeship in April 2014. If confirmed, Hall will serve as the Eastern District Judge for New York, replacing Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who is retiring after more than 14 years of judgeship.
Hall is partner at the international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she is a high-stakes trial lawyer with a focus on complex commercial litigation. She currently serves as Commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, a position she has held since her appointment by New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2011.
Hall earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Howard University School of Law in 2000 where she was a member of the Howard Law Journal. She also served as a member of the United States Air Force.
News source: The White House
David Goodman ’69 accepts the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama on behalf of his brother Andrew Goodman. Photo by Jeff Malet, www.maletphoto.com.
President Obama awards Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner with Presidential Medals of Freedom
On Monday, November 24, 2014, President Obama honored 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, including slain civil rights activists Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner.
Antioch trustee and alumnus, David Goodman ’69, brother of Andrew Goodman; Antioch alumnus and former dean, Steve Schwerner ’60, brother of Michael Schwerner, and Rita Schwerner-Bender, Schwerner’s widow; and Angela Chaney, daughter of James Chaney, represented their families at the ceremony.
During the ceremony, President Obama spoke of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, saying, “While they are often remembered for how they died, we honor them today for how they lived—the idealism and courage of youth. James, Andrew and Michael could not have known the impact they would have on the civil rights movement or on future generations.”
The three men were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan at the outset of Freedom Summer, a historic voter registration drive in 1964. Their deaths shocked the nation and their efforts helped to inspire many of the landmark civil rights advancements that followed.
News source: The White House