President’s Office

The 2020-21 Presidential Speaker Series asks the question: how can we create a more just society? Lectures will focus on topics of social justice, equity, faith, sustainability and more. 

As a “marketplace of ideas” at Alma College, we welcome speakers from a variety of political viewpoints to speak on campus. By welcoming those from left, right and points in between, we hope to foster conversations that, while challenging, are rooted in civility and our shared humanity.

In this way, the Presidential Speaker Series this year intends to model civil discourse around the question of how we can create communities that are more just, equitable and sustainable.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and engage in dialogue around these important issues. Please see below for full event information and check back regularly, as we will continue to add new dates and speakers.

Past Speakers

Graphic displaying Presidential Speaker Series on a banner and the name, date, and time of the ev... Working Toward Justice: A Panel Discussion on the Flint Water Crisis

March 18, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Alma College will host a three-person panel discussing social justice, while using the Flint water crisis as a case study, as part of its continued 2020-21 Presidential Speaker Series.

Anna Clark, Claire McClinton and Cedric Taylor will gather live, on Zoom, for the discussion, which is open to the public.

Reflections from CEOs on the COVID-19 Pandemic

February 24, 2021 4 p.m.

Alumni CEOs will discuss the challenges they faced as leaders as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are welcome to attend this virtual event. Please contact the President’s Office at (989) 463-7146 for more information.

Speakers include:

  • Chris Andrus ’02
    • Mitten Brewing 
  • Rachelle Jacques ’93
    • CEO, Enzyvant
  • Dave Provost ’76
    • President and CEO, Chemical Financial Corp.
Ibram Kendi
Ibram Kendi

November 11, 2020 7 p.m.

Ibram X. Kendi, the National Book Award-winning and multiple-time New York Times bestselling author spoke on social justice, equity, faith, sustainability and more.

Kendi is the author of “The Black Campus Movement,” which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016.

His latest, “How to be an Antiracist,” made several Best Books of 2019 lists and was described in The New York Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

October 22, 2020 11:15 a.m.

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, the founder/CEO of the nonprofit organization Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, spoke on justice in education in Uganda.

In 2001, Kaguri founded the group, which provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. In addition to two schools, it also operates a library, desire farm and nutrition program, medical clinic, clean water system, and a support program for the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time.

Brian Calley Brian Calley

October 20, 2020 4 p.m.

Former Michigan Lieutenant Governor (2011-19) spoke on on subjects of social justice as they relate to state business and government. View the recorded event. 

More Information

For more information, please contact the Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville at (989) 463-7231 or text (517) 927-5260 or email pomervillead@alma.edu.