Presiding over Barnard College’s 121st Commencement on May 19, President Debora Spar introduced keynote speaker, Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee also received the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the College’s highest honor, together with three other pathmakers in their fields: Jimmie Briggs, journalist, human rights advocate, and founder of the Man UpCampaign; Elizabeth Diller, founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, whose projects include the High Line and the redesign of Lincoln Center; and Lena Dunham, award-winning creator, director, writer, and star of the acclaimed HBO series GIRLS.
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