50th Reunion Panel Discussions

The BSU and the Black Student Demands of the ’60s and ’70s:
A Prelude to Diversity at Denison Today

10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 2
Physical Location: Herrick Hall
Webinar Link: https://denison.zoom.us/j/98949505051

Overview: The panel discussion will review the history of the Black Student movement at Denison and the decades-long efforts to create a more diverse campus. With the perspectives and documentation of many efforts over the generations, this discussion will illuminate the process of fostering greater diversity at Denison since 1970, analyze progress toward meeting the Black Student Demands of the early ’70s, and present the “Denison Forward” recommendations for improving and expanding on those calls for change made more than 50 years ago.


  • Judy McJunkin ’70, moderator. Judy graduated from Denison in 1970 with a major in psychology and a minor in English. Judy then earned her master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Indiana University. At Denison, Judy is a member of the Barney Family Society and has been an active volunteer serving as the tri-chair of her 50th Reunion Committee. She has also served as a regional event volunteer, an admissions volunteer, and the Women for Denison Committee.
  • Darrell Brown, ’71, co-founder of the Black Student Union, attorney. A 1971 graduate of Denison University (B.A., History) and a 1975 graduate of University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D.), Darrell Brown has practiced law for 30 years in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his time at Denison, Darrell helped co-found the Denison University Black Student Union and was a member and leader in the Times for Change Black Demands movement on campus. He continued this work by serving as President of the Denison University Black Alumni Association for five 3-year terms. He has worked tirelessly to advocate for black students at Denison. Darrell is responsible for recruiting large numbers of Black students to Denison, all of whom graduated (most moving on to postgraduate degrees as well). Darrell also advocated for the admission of Dr. Henry J. Durand Jr. into Denison University’s Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 2022). Darrell has also contributed to students’ success by serving as an educator at the high school and college levels for over 30 years.
  • David Woodyard ’54, professor at Denison. Dave Woodyard received his B.A. from Denison University in 1954. He then achieved his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and his D.Min. from Vanderbilt University. Dave’s personal and professional interests focus on the intersection of religion and society. In the classroom, Dave is interested in enabling students to come to a clearer understanding of their identity and challenge how they understand the world. As an academic advisor, he is committed to creating an environment for students to explore why they are in a liberal arts institution and how they may relate that to a vocation and a meaningful life. Dave’s scholarly interests in recent decades have been in collaborative work with a colleague in economics. Their most recent book relates religion and economics to ecological issues.
  • John Jackson, director and associate professor emeritus of Black studies and religion at Denison. He is a former Dean of the Chapel at Denison. He directed the Center for Black Studies for over 25 years. John has served as a multicultural research consultant and workshop facilitator at many colleges and universities, including Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Antioch College, Occidental College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Oberlin College, Loyola College in Maryland, Georgetown University, and New Mexico State University. During the 1990s, he represented Denison as a resource consultant in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ “Diversity, Democracy and Liberal Learning,” a nationwide curriculum and faculty development project, and served on the teaching staff of two multicultural curriculum and faculty development institutes. For over 10 years, he served as a staff member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s (GLCA) Summer Multicultural Course Design and Teaching Workshops. In 1993, he was invited to teach the section on American Black Religion at the National Council of Black Studies’ Summer Institute held at the University of Legon in Ghana, West Africa. John received his B.S. from Miles College, his M.Div from Harvard Divinity School, and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
  • Arielle Johnson, senior associate director of Gifts & Records at Denison. Arielle is a Denison Forward Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Antiracism (IDEA) Committee member. Arielle joined Denison in August 2017 as the Assistant Director of Campus Philanthropic Programs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Capital University, where she studied sociology, philosophy, and ethnic studies. Arielle also earned a Master of Arts from Michigan State University in Higher Education Administration. Arielle has been fundraising since 2012 and enjoys building relationships both on- and off-campus. Since beginning at Denison, she has been a part of the Black Caucus, the Institutional Advancement Anti-Racism Committee. She is now an inaugural member of the Denison Forward IDEA Team.

Current Events: The Ukrainian/Russian Conflict with Bob Service

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 2
Physical Location: Herrick Hall
Speaker presenting via Zoom.
Webinar Link: https://denison.zoom.us/j/98951751258

Overview: Robert Service, a leading historian of Russia, says Moscow will win the war but will lose the peace and fail to subjugate Ukraine. Service, a professor emeritus at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, has written biographies of Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky. He will discuss why the current Russian invasion of Ukraine resulted from two immense strategic blunders but actually took root decades earlier.


Robert Service, a noted Russian historian and political commentator, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a fellow of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His research interests concern Russian history and politics in all its aspects, from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Service was awarded the 2009 Duff Cooper Prize for his biography Trotsky (Harvard University Press, 2009).

His most recent publication is Russia and Its Islamic World (Hoover Institution Press, 2017). He is the author of Spies and Commissars: Russia and the West in the Bolshevik Revolution (McMillan, 2011), Dictionary of 20th Century Communism (Princeton University Press, 2010) coedited with Silvio Pons, The Russian Revolution 1900–1927, 4th edition (London, 2009); author of Lenin: A Biography (London, 2000); “Architectural Problems of Reform in the Soviet Union: From Design to Collapse” in Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, vol. 2 (2001); Russia: Experiment with a People (London and Harvard, 2002); “Stalinism and the Soviet State Order” in Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, vol. 1 (2003); A History of Modern Russia. From Tsarism to the Twenty-First Century, 3rd edition, expanded and updated (London and Cambridge, MA, 2009); Stalin: A Biography (London and Cambridge, MA, 2004); “Military Policy, International Relations and Soviet Security after October 1917,” in Russia: War, Peace and Diplomacy. Essays in Honour of John Erickson (London, 2004); “Soviet Political Leadership and ‘Sovietological’ Modelling,” in Leading Russia: Putin in Perspective: Essays in Honour of Archie Brown (Oxford, 2005); and Comrades: A World History of Communism (London and Cambridge, MA, 2007).

Service holds an MA in modern languages from the University of Cambridge and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Essex.

John Faraci ’72 will moderate the discussion. John is a Reunion Committee Co-Chair, Denison Life Trustee, and retired chairman & CEO, International Paper.

The Changing Environment for Women at Denison

2:45-4:15 p.m.
Thursday, June 2
Physical Location: Herrick Hall
Webinar Link: https://denison.zoom.us/j/95413221352


This program will discuss the evolution of the experiences and changing environment for women at Denison University since our 50th Reunion Classes graduated. Through historical records and perspectives from faculty and graduates alike, this session will explore how the curriculum and the advent of the women’s studies program have impacted the success of female graduates over the decades. In addition, this session will uncover how Title IX and career launch resources like the Knowlton Center and Denison Edge have had a significant influence on Denison women both while on campus and in their post-graduate careers.

Join esteemed alumni and faculty as they address these pertinent issues. Learn how women across the generations have utilized their liberal arts education to become leaders in their fields, while also confronting the ongoing challenges for women in the workplace.


  • What has changed
    • Curriculum/Women Studies. Gill Miller will speak on the development of women’s studies and curriculum changes at Denison. A faculty member at Denison since 1981 and an alumna of the Class of 1974, Miller earned her Ph.D. from New York University in dance and women’s studies.
    • Living Title IX/Knetzer Institute. Nan Carney-DeBord ’80 has been the director of Athletics at Denison for more than 11 years as well as chair of the Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies major. She was promoted to associate vice president in 2016. Nan also oversees the Knetzer Family Institute for Development Through Sport. Nan was named the 2021 Women Leaders in College Sports Nike Executive of the Year and in 2019 named the Under Armor Division III Athletics Director of the Year.
    • Career Readiness/Denison Edge/Graduate Data. Laurie Kamerer, associate vice president of Career Development and executive director of Denison Edge. She began her career at Denison in 2021. Laurie graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in international relations and went on to earn her Master of Journalism degree at UC Berkeley. A proven marketing and communications executive, Laurie drives business results through strategic, engaging, and relevant content development. Her expertise in employee engagement and cultural transformation has equipped Laurie to effectively influence opinions, beliefs, and behaviors, and thereby affect broad-based change. Laurie brings her tri-athlete sensibility to all she does. Racing triathlon demands the technical skills of three sports. It requires a strategy and a plan. But most importantly, it requires resilience and the agility to pivot in a heartbeat. She currently serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Ohio.
  • Alumni Panel
    • Sally Kirkpatrick ’72, financial consultant. Sally specializes in providing personalized, custom wealth management solutions to high-net-worth individuals, families, and institutions. Prior to wealth management, Sally spent years on Capitol Hill where she was the first female lobbyist for the insurance industry. She also spent time working in the administrations of President Reagan and President Bush. She earned a B.A. in political science from Denison and a J.D. from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law.
    • Ann Hagedorn ’71, author. Ann Hagedorn is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and an award-winning author of six narrative nonfiction books that embrace a broad range of topics and have been reviewed nationwide. The WSJ called her most recent book, Sleeper Agent, “A historical page-turner of the highest order.” She was a history major at Denison and holds master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her quest as a nonfiction writer is to use the literary techniques of storytelling to deliver the truth about topics significant to the general reader. Sleeper Agent, published by Simon and Schuster, was one of six finalists in the nonfiction category of the 2022 Edgar Awards.
    • Dr. Peggy Kendrick Hostetter ’70, pediatrician. Peggy is the former director of the Yale Child Health Research Center and Jean McLean Wallace Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Yale. She is also a former chief medical officer and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
    • Demitri Johnson ’11, attorney. Demi is an attorney at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. She earned a B.A. in political science from Denison in 2011 and her J.D. in 2014 from Capital University Law School. While at Denison, Demi was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Gospel choir, the Concert Choir, and the Wind Ensemble. She was President of Operation Smile and was a Lugar Program fellow.
    • Makiva McIntosh ’02, education advancement professional. Makiva is the associate director of Development and director of Annual Giving at the Wellington School. She has two decades of experience in fundraising and organizational management. Prior to her current role, Makiva spent 8 years at Denison University in their Advancement office, mostly as the director of the Annual Fund. Makiva earned a B.A. in sociology from Denison.
    • Sarah Torrence ’16, data analyst. Sarah recently earned a Master of Science degree from the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt University. She previously worked for EY as a senior data and analytics analyst. Sarah earned her B.A. in mathematics and economics from Denison.

The DNA of Denison Today and Tomorrow

10:00-11:30 a.m.
Friday, June 3
Physical Location: Herrick Hall
Webinar Link: https://denison.zoom.us/j/93738375369

Overview: Today’s students are a diverse, eclectic group, but their DNA is anything but random. This panel will explore how Denison thrives in an ever-increasingly challenging landscape. What’s the formula for how Denison students are selected today? What competitive forces does the University confront and anticipate? How is Denison’s financial model different and better than other schools? What is student life today and where is it headed?


  • Gregory Sneed, vice president for Enrollment Management at Denison. Greg Sneed has been with Denison since 2016 and oversees the university’s offices of admissions and financial aid, bringing the two critical components of student enrollment under one administrative division. Greg’s expertise and experience in data analytics, enrollment forecasting, information management systems, both national and international student recruitment, and recruiting and retaining a diverse student population enhance his role at Denison. Greg previously served as the director of Admission for Grinnell College; senior associate dean of admission for Claremont McKenna College; deputy director of admissions at the University of California, San Diego; and on the admissions staff at the University of California, Davis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Education from Harvard University.
  • Alex Miller, vice president for Student Life at Denison. Alex came to Denison from his position as dean for Student Engagement and acting associate dean of students for Inclusion and Belonging at Harvard University. Prior to Harvard, Miller served in leadership positions at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Tulane University, Syracuse University, and Michigan State University. Alex has received national awards and honors and is active in several professional, social, civic, and service organizations such as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), American Fraternity Advisors (AFA), and the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA). Alex serves on the board of trustees for the Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, Ohio. He is also a proud lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Alex received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Olivet College, his Master of Arts in student affairs administration from Michigan State University, and a Doctorate of Education in adult and higher education administration from Northern Illinois University. He also has completed an executive leadership development program at Harvard University.
  • David English, chief financial officer for Denison University. David directs the division of finance and management, which includes business affairs, human resources, facilities, and finance, among others. In addition, as CFO, he sits on the president’s senior staff of the university. He has been with Denison since 2015. Previously, English served as the chief financial officer at Augustana College, where he stewarded the college’s physical and financial resources, oversaw the college’s endowment, and served as treasurer. Prior to Augustana, English served for seven years at Vassar College, most recently as assistant vice president for budget and planning. David has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc., and he holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst®. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the College of
    William and Mary.
  • Kim Coplin ’85, provost and associate professor at Denison. As the university’s chief academic officer, Kim is the steward of the academic program, with oversight of the curriculum, departmental and interdisciplinary majors and programs, the registrar and academic schedule, the athletics program, the Denison University Library, the Denison Museum, the Off-Campus Program, the Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement, and the Center for Learning and Teaching. Under her leadership, and with approval by the faculty, the college has ushered in innovative academic programs, including majors in global commerce; data analytics; and health, exercise, and sport studies, as well as new concentrations in financial economics, journalism, Middle East & North African studies, and the Denison Seminars Program. Kim was a physics major as a Denison student. She earned her M.A. in physics from Johns Hopkins in 1987, and her Ph.D. from Ohio State. Kim has worked at Denison since 1993. Prior to becoming Denison’s provost in 2013, she served the university as associate provost for seven years. Kim also is an associate professor of physics with research interests including experimental condensed matter physics, with a focus on novel electronic materials, and the biophysics of human movement.
  • Suzanne Kriscunas ’72, finance executive. Suzy earned a B.A. in French from Denison University, as well as an M.A. in French literature and an M.B.A. in Finance and International Finance from Indiana University. Suzy currently serves on the Riverside Capital Appreciation Fund (RCAF) Investment Committee, having previously worked in fund leadership as a managing partner and chair of the RCAF Investment Committee for 12 years. Suzy also worked as managing director in the Merchant Banking Group of Banc One Capital Corporation for ten years. She has been recognized by the Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Awards, and in 2019, was honored with Indiana University’s Bicentennial Medal, in recognition of her distinguished contributions and service.

Addressing the Dual Challenge

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Friday, June 3
Physical Location: Herrick Hall
Webinar Link: https://denison.zoom.us/j/92219798112

Overview: The world faces two important challenges. Affordable and reliable energy for all global citizens, and protecting the environment, including the land, air, water, and atmosphere. The developed world, led by Western Europe and the United States, seeks clean energy, focused mainly on climate. Developing economies like Latin America and parts of Asia have a massive energy appetite that requires reliable energy. Emerging economies, such as Africa and parts of Southeast Asia need affordable energy. The Dual Challenge is not simple, but it is solvable if we understand and address energy security, the scale of demand, the physics of energy,  distribution of energy resources,  life cycle environmental impacts of energy,  and global stages of economic growth.


  • Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the University of Texas at Austin. Scott works to bring industry, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations together to address major societal challenges in energy, the environment, and the economy. Tinker is director of the 250-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the state geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. With Director Harry Lynch, Tinker coproduced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been screened in over 50 countries to more than 15 million viewers and is used on thousands of campuses worldwide. In 2016, Tinker formed and serves as chairman of, the nonprofit Switch Energy Alliance. The organization has completed two new films: Switch On, a feature-length documentary addressing global energy poverty, and Energy Makes our World, a five-minute, Hollywood-quality film for use in museums and on giant screens. Tinker is the voice of EarthDate, a two-minute weekly program that tells remarkable stories of Earth, which is featured on over 425 public radio stations in all 50 United States. Tinker has served as president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Tinker is an AGI Campbell Medalist, AAPG Halbouty Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, and a Geological Society of America Fellow. In his visits to some 60 countries, Tinker has given nearly 1000 keynote and invited lectures.
  • Introduction by David Goodwin, professor and chair of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences and the geosciences program at Denison. Dave started teaching at Denison in 2003. He has a Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Arizona, an M.S. in geology from the University of Montana, and a B.S. in natural and environmental science from Lyndon State College.

Diversity of Thought and Speech On Campus

2:30-3:15 p.m.
Friday, June 3
Physical Location: Herrick Hall
Webinar Link: https://denison.zoom.us/j/96839219662

The speakers recommend participants read two articles before this discussion.

Overview: Adam Davis and Margot Singer will engage in conversation about why liberal arts students need to be exposed to a diversity of thought and perspectives as part of their education. Universities have long served as laboratories for free inquiry — spaces for students to figure out what is and isn’t true (and how to arrive at such conclusions). Davis and Singer will reflect on the challenges to higher education posed by “cancel culture,” including the chilling effect that fear of social ostracism can have on college students’ intellectual inquiry and exploration. Hear how the Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement has been promoting civil dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas on campus, helping prepare students for a life of democratic citizenship.


Adam J. Davis is a professor of history and the director of Denison’s Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement, which serves as the campus hub for intellectual life, supports student and faculty research, and assists students applying for national fellowships. During the 2017-18 academic year, Adam was a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He served as chair of the Department of History at Denison from 2011 to 2014 and was the William T. Utter/Clyde E. Williams, Jr. Endowed Professor from 2012 until 2018.

A historian of medieval Europe, Adam has wide-ranging interests in medieval ecclesiastical reform and religious life, medieval attitudes toward commerce, wealth, and poverty, and the history of charity and charitable institutions. In 2016 he was awarded Denison University’s Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award, “given each year to a faculty member who is a master craftsman in the profession.”

Adam’s research explores the interplay between medieval ideas and institutions and social values and practices. His most recent book was awarded the Ohio Academy of History’s 2021 Publication Award for the best history book in any discipline published the previous year by an Ohio author. He is currently collaborating with a colleague on a comparative study of medieval Jewish and Christian ideas about charity, wealth, and the afterlife, and a book-length cultural history of medieval ambition.

Adam has been the recipient of a year-long fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Bourse Chateaubriand (given by the French Embassy), two Robert C. Good fellowships, as well as grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Lilly Endowment. He has written for Inside Higher Ed, The Conversation, and HistPhil, and has served as a book review editor for H-France Reviews and The Medieval Review.

Adam has earned a B.A. from Yale University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Margot Singer is a professor of English, creative writing, and narrative journalism and has been with Denison since 2005. Singer served as the director of the Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement from 2016 to 2019. She also served as associate director of the Gilpatrick Center for Fellowships and Student Research from 2013 to 2016. In 2018, Singer was honored to receive Denison’s Bonar Family Mentorship and Teaching Award.

Margot’s debut novel, Underground Fugue, won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American-Jewish Fiction and was short-listed for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Her book of linked stories won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in many literary magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, The Normal School, The Sun, and many others.

Margot’s writing has also been recognized with the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, the Thomas H. Carter Award for the Essay, an Honorable Mention from the judges of the PEN/Hemingway Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in prose.

Margot earned an A.B. from Harvard University, an M.Phil. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Keynote Address:
From Strength to Strength — Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life

3:30-5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 3
Physical Location: Herrick Hall
Webinar Link: https://denison.zoom.us/j/98026253350

Speaker: Arthur C. Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the Washington, D.C.- based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks.

Brooks is the author of 11 books, including the national bestsellers “Love Your Enemies” (2019), “The Conservative Heart” (2015), and “The Road to Freedom” (2012). He is also a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast “The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks,” and subject of the 2019 documentary film “The Pursuit,” which Variety named as one of the “Best Documentaries on Netflix” in August 2019. He gives more than 100 speeches per year around the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Brooks began his career as a classical French hornist, leaving college at 19, touring and recording with the Annapolis Brass Quintet and later the City Orchestra of Barcelona. In his late twenties, while still performing, he returned to school, earning a B.A. through distance learning at Thomas Edison State College, and then an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University. At 31, he left music and earned an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the Rand Graduate School, during which time he worked as an analyst for the Rand Corporation’s Project Air Force.

Brooks then spent 10 years as a university professor, becoming a full professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in his seventh year out of graduate school and occupying the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government. During this decade, Brooks published 60 peer-reviewed articles and several books, including the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008).

In 2009, Brooks became the 11th president of AEI, also holding the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Free Enterprise. Under his leadership, the Institute more than doubled its annual revenues, deepened its outreach to leaders across the ideological spectrum, and expanded its research portfolio to include work on poverty, happiness, and human potential. During this period, he was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s “50 World’s Greatest Leaders” and was awarded six honorary doctorates.

Originally from Seattle, Brooks currently lives in Newton, Mass., with his wife Ester Munt Brooks, who is a native of Barcelona. They have three children, Joaquim, Carlos, and Marina.