Let Your Life Speak

The Let Your Life Speak series provides a window into the life narratives of individuals from the Macalester community and beyond. The stories shared illuminate diverse paths towards living lives of conviction and courage. Speakers recount meaningful life moments that have shaped their individual purpose, perspective and commitments.

Past Presentations

February 2015 - When I Was... Proud
David M. Wheaton, VP for Administration and Finance, and Ronit Zemel '15 were the guests. They recounted a time when they felt proud and how it shaped their life's meaning, perspective, and commitments.

October 2014 - When I Was...Two Things
Professor Devavani Chatterjea, Associate Professor, Biology and Daniel Yee '16 were the guests. They shared stories about how they have negotiated the dynamic of being two things.

September 2014 - When I Was... Healing
Chris MacDonald-Dennis, Dean of Multicultural Life,  Judith Wodzak '15 and Ian Locke '17 were the guests. They shared how a time of healing shaped their life's meaning, perspective, and commitments.

April 2014 - When I Was... Unwavering
Molly Olsen, Professor & Chair, Hispanic Studies and Noah Westreich '14 and Danny Ross '15 were the guests. They shared how moments of determination shaped their life's meaning, perspective, and commitments

March 2014 - When I Was... Different
Marissa Kurtz '15 and Neil Chugdar, Assistant Professor, English, spoke about how experiences when they felt like an outsider or out of step with the world around them.

February 2014 - When I Was... Unsettled
Christian Smith '15 and Sedric McClure, MAX Center Counselor, shared reflections related to the discomfort of losing the security of what was once known or believed.

December 2013 - When I Was... Wrong
Jeffrey Garcia '14 and Jim Hoppe, Dean of Students, shared reflections on self-understanding and humility.

October 2013 - When I Was... Afraid
Lucy Andrews '14 and Lin Aanonsen, Professor of Biology/WGSS, shared reflections on bravery.

April 2013
Joan Ostrove, Professor of Psychology, shared reflections on how our truest vocation often lies below our public accomplishments.

October 2012
Fr. Michael Lapsley, Anglican priest and founder of the Institute for the Healing of Memories, kicked off this series reflecting on his journey from freedom fighter to healer.