TIAA Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture

Annually since 2002, the Honors College at the University of Maine has endeavored to host a distinguished Honors graduate for a several day visit. The visit typically includes in- and out-of-class conversations with members of the Honors community as well as other interested students and faculty. The Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture is the campus-wide highlight of their visit.  Between 2002 and 2008, this initiative was sponsored by TIAA, which returned as a sponsor in 2015.

Emily Cain Distinguished Honors Grad poster

2019-20 TIAA Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture

Emily Cain ’02H 

Executive Director, EMILY’s List

The Myth of Electability: What it Really Takes for Women to Win

(24 September 2019)


Isaac Record ’03H 

Assistant Professor of Practice, Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College

Life, the University and Everything: My Romp Across Disciplines in Pursuit of Answers

(27 September 2018)



Sara Morris ’86H 

Managing Director, Stone Coast Fund Services

Accounting for Happiness: The Rewards of Unlikely Career Choices, and the Lasting Value of Kindness

(26 September 2017)



Mark Pettegrow ’81H 


Fairing the Edge: In Search of Eloquent Form

(27 September 2016)



Mark R. Haskell ’82H 

Partner with the Washington D.C. office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, specializing in energy regulatory law.

(2 November 2015)



Dr. Amy Benoit Frappier ’99H 

Associate professor at Skidmore College in the Department of Geosciences, serving as Charles Lubin Family Professor for Women in Science

(2 February 2015)



Dr. David Bronson ’69H 

President of the Cleveland Clinic

Healthcare Reform and the Bumpy Road to Universal Access

(20 November 2013)



Kristen Gwinn-Becker ’97H 

Founder and CEO of HistoryIT

Navigating Entrepreneurship and the Humanities

(24 October 2012)



Dr. Bruce Stanton ’74H 

Andrew C. Vail Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth Medical School

Arsenic: A Global Public Health Crisis

(23 February 2011)



Bettina Boxall ’77H 

2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Explanatory Reporting

Please Don’t Tweet Me: Journalism Today

(14 April 2010) 



Dr. Bernard Lown ’42H 

Recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize

On Global Activism in an Ailing World

(26 March 2008)



Daniel P. Christensen ’77H 

CEO of Hancock Natural Resource Group, President Hancock Timber Resource Group

Is Change the only Constant in the world today?

(24 April 2006)



George Z. Singal ’67H 

Chief United States District Judge, District of Maine

Wandering through the Garden of Eden: How do I get out of here?

(11 April 2005)



Charles V. Stanhope, ’71H 

Director of Development, United States Library of Congress

Making Sense of the Information Explosion: A View from the World’s Largest Library

(12 April 2004)



Carolyn Reed, ’72H 

Director, Hollings Cancer Research Center, Medical University of  South Carolina

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Medicine and Beyond

(21 April 2003)



James Tierney, ’69H

Attorney General of Maine, 1980-1990

Diversity in Maine: An Opportunity (22 April 2002)