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2001 Commencement Ceremonies

Spring

Molly Smith

Commencement Address by Molly Smith
College of Arts and Sciences
Smith is Artistic Director of the Arena Stage. Ms. Smith began her theater career in Washington, D.C. in the early 1970s. In 1979 she moved back to Juneau, Alaska where she founded Perseverance Theatre. During her 19 years at Perseverance, Ms. Smith nurtured the theater into a national presence, directing more than 50 productions as Artistic Director.

Ariel Dorfman

Commencement Address by Ariel Dorfman
School of Communication and School of International Service
Dorfman was born in Argentina but his family moved to the United States shortly after his birth, and then moved to Chile in 1954. From 1970 to 1973, Dorfman was part of the administration of president Salvador Allende. He was forced into exile following the bloody military coup of 1973 in which General Augusto Pinochet came to power. Dorfman has written fiction often dealing with the horrors of tyranny and, in later works, the trials of exile.

Kevin Klose

Commencement Address By Kevin Klose
Kogod School of Business and School of Public Affairs
Klose is the president and chief executive officer for National Public Radio, the United States' largest nonprofit radio outlet for news and cultural programming. Prior to his tenure at National Public Radio, Klose was for 25 years an editor and reporter The Washington Post.

Winter
Roger Ireson

Commencement Address by Dr. Roger W. Ireson
American University Trustee
Ireson was general secretary at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry from 1987-2001. GBHEM operates on behalf of The United Methodist Church to prepare and assist those whose ministry is exercised through ordination or the diaconate and to provide general oversight and care for United Methodist institutions of higher education.

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President John F. Kennedy spoke at American University's Spring Commencement on June 10, 1963. In this speech Kennedy called on the Soviet Union to work with the United States to achieve a nuclear test ban treaty and help reduce the considerable international tensions and the specter of nuclear war at that time. (text of speech)

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