A leader in building peace: Former Liberian president, Nobel Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks at the college

Despite being exiled from her home country in 1985, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf returned to Liberia 12 years later with the mindset that her people wanted and deserved better and that she could make a difference in their fight for peace.  Sirleaf, the former president of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, spoke at Lafayette this […]

‘Innovation is the recipe for success’: Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh ’79 returns to alma mater for talk

With a constant curiosity and a major in international affairs, both products of his time at Lafayette, one alumnus became the CEO of a international clothing company. Chip Bergh ’79, CEO of Levi Strauss and Co., talked to students and faculty answering questions about both his time at Lafayette and his current career path this […]

Renowned poet speaks about writing, yoga, spirituality at poetry competition reading

Poetry week was kicked off not only with renowned authors, but young ones as well. Three students gave readings, and in one case a musical performance, of their winning poems in the MacKnight Black Poetry Competition, a poetry competition only open to Lafayette seniors. Rachel Rubino ’17 was awarded first place, with honorable mentions going to Nora Hand […]

Trans rights lawyer advocates empathy, activism for LGBT people of color, poor

As transgender, intersex and gender-nonconforming issues grow in media prominence, low-income earners and people of color in these communities have been particularly harmed, Dean Spade said in a lecture on Tuesday. Spade is a renowned writer, activist and law professor at Seattle University School of Law, and founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a law collective that […]

Forensics Society helps pioneer new national competition

Several Lafayette students, many first-years, earned top spots in the first annual 26-team National Speech Championship last week. The students were members of the Forensics Society, the speech and debate team at Lafayette. The students on the team compete with other colleges by giving speeches, sometimes planned, sometimes impromptu. At the competition, each participating school was only allowed to […]

Anti-war political activist from Vietnam era to visit college

Next week, political activist and author Frank Bardacke will visit Lafayette to deliver lectures and sit in on classes. During the 1960s and 70s, Bardacke was heavily vocal in his opposition to the Vietnam war and became a well-known activist. Next Wednesday, Bardacke will give his first talk entitled “Reflections on Social Justice: Political Moments, 1960-2017.” […]

Mass immigration panel sparks wide debate

The panel discussion “Is Mass Imigration Bad for Europe?” was meant to frame questions from a conservative viewpoint about the effect of Middle East migrants into Europe. Controversy surrounding the topic brought into question not only its content but the title of the discussion itself. This was the second talk in the John Stuart Mill Series. Around 25 […]