Senior Common Room Speakers

See below for our list of Senior Common Room speakers during the Spring 2021 Semester:

Watch our conversation with Gloria Ayee. Gloria is a Lecturer in the Department of Government and delivered a talk titled Promoting Unity in a Divided Society on Februrary 3rd, 2021.

Watch our conversation with Dennis Ojogho. Dennis is a Resident Tutor in Adams House and a 3rd-year student at Harvard Law school. Dennis spoke on February 10th, 2021 and his talk was titled Reflections of a Harvard Law Student Attorney: Triumphs, Trials, and Tribulations.

Watch our conversation with EJ Dionne. EJ is a visiting professor in Religion and Political Culture whose talk, Renewing Democracy, Advancing Equality: The Urgency of Marrying Hope and Realsm, was delivered on Februrary 17th, 2021.

Watch our conversation with Michael McCormick. Michael is Goelet Professor of Medieval History and Chair of the Science of the Human Past who spoke about The History and Science of Pandemics, Antiquity and the Middle Ages on February 24th, 2021.

Watch our conversation with Justin Gest. Justin is an Adams '04 graduate whose talk, How Joe Biden Can Unify America, examined what the US can learn from other countries who have experienced great demographic change. Justin spoke to the Senior Common Room on March 3rd, 2021.

Watch our conversation with Matt Corriel. Matt is a songwriter and former Resident Tutor in Adams House who spoke about his pursuit of his passion for songwriting in his talk Giving Voice: Writing Foster the Musical (Or, Cafeful the Questions You Ask in Adams House, or You, Too May Spend Fifteen Years and Write Three Musicals Trying to Answer Them) on March 10th, 2021.

Watch our conversation with Maryam Eskandari. Maryam is Principal of MIIM Designs, LLC, and spoke about her work designing green spaces and buildings that open up opportunity for cultural dialoge on March 17th, 2021.

Watch our conversation with Becky Cooper. Becky is an author and former Adams House Elf. Becky spoke to the SCR about her book, We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence on March 24th, 2021.

Watch our conversation with Amber Payne. Amber is a 2021 Nieman fellow and a digital media editor who has worked for NBC News, BET, and Teen Vogue. Amber spoke about empowering communities to share their stories through media in her talk to the SCR on April 14th, 2021.

Watch our conversation with Sharon Howell. Sharon is a former Adams House Allston Burr Resident Dean and current Headmaster of St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. Sharon spoke about the challenges of leading a high school in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom during COVID-19.

Watch our conversation with Judy and Sean Palfrey. Judy and Sean are the Adams House Faculty Deans and are stepping down in June 2021 after 22 years in Adams. Judy and Sean spoke about their 22 years in Adams and all of the traditions, moments, and people that made their time in Adams House so powerful.


See below for our list of Senior Common Room speakers during the Fall 2020 Semester:

Watch our conversation with Dierdre Mask. Dierdre is a journalist, author, and former Adams Resident Tutor whose recent book THE ADDRESS BOOK: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power uses an equity lab to explore how where you live determines so much about your expereinces and opportunities. Dierdre's talk was delivered on September 9th, 2020.

Watch our conversation with Connor Schoen and Tony Shu. Connor and Tony are co-founders Breaktime Cafe, a Boston-based nonprofit program founded to to train and employ young adults experiencing homelessness. Connor and Tony spoke to the SCR on September 16th, 2020.

Watch our Conversation with Kwame Owusu-Kesse. Kwame is the Chief Executive Officer of the Harlem Children’s Zone. Kwame spoke about his journey from adversity through Harvard to the Chief Executive Officer role at Harlem Children's Zone on September 23rd, 2020.

Watch our conversation with Rita Powell. Rev. Powell is the chaplain for the Harvard Episcopal Community and talked about The Religion of BTS: reckoning with joy and despair in the artistry of K Pop on October 14, 2020.

Watch our conversation with Deborah Frank. Deborah serves as Boston University School of Medicine professor of Pediatrics, director of the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center (BMC), and founder and principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, a network of pediatric and public health researchers working to improve child health. Deborah spoke to the Senior Common Room on October 21, 2020.

Watch our conversation with Sean Lynn-Jones. Sean was an Adams House Resident Tutor in Government from 1984-1992 and is the former editor of International Security, a quarterly journal of international politics. Sean spoke on November 4th, 2020 about the 2020 US presidential election and what was next for the US.

Watch our conversation with John Muresianu. John runs the Adams House What Matters Table and spoke about music and its power to connect people across cultures and languages on November 18th, 2020.