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NewsSpring Marlboro Alumni Lecture Series

Marlboro College’s new Alumni Lecture Series offers three spring public lectures on subjects ranging from law to breast cancer and the environment.

In "Suddenly Alone: From the Cocoon of Marlboro Society to the Tyranny of Choice," Lori Bennett, '01, will speak about the challenges of transitioning from the rarified and student-centered environment of the Marlboro community to the more standardized and traditional world on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Aron-Rice library, room 102. At Marlboro, Bennett studied the biochemistry and neurophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease; she is currently enrolled in an MD./Ph.D. program in medicine and neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Attorney Scott Williams, ’93, explores legal controversies to discuss the concept of justice on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Appletree. In his talk, “Constructing Justice: Legal History, the Death Penalty and the Evolution of the Notions of Justice,” Williams takes examples from recent events in the media to illustrate the ideas of justice, what justice is and who decides what is just. He will also discuss the Donald Fell death penalty case, in which the federal government prosecuted the only death penalty case in Vermont in 50 years.

Janna Cordeiro, '92, will explore "Breast Cancer and the Environment: Advocacy, Science, and Innovation" on Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Appletree. Cordeiro currently coordinates special projects, evaluation, and strategic planning for the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP), a state-funded foundation which has granted over $156 million for breast cancer research. Previously, Cordeiro evaluated HIV prevention programs nationwide for the Centers for Disease Control, helped start a needle exchange program in Atlanta, conducted community-based women’s health research, and founded a comprehensive HIV prevention program for at- risk women in Vermont.

All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151. For more information, visit

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (


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