Author Anne-Marie Slaughter will speak at May 2016 commencement

‘Carolina is incredibly fortunate to welcome an exceptional thinker and leader’

Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the critically acclaimed 2012 article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” will give the keynote address to graduates at the May 8th commencement in Kenan Stadium.

Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of New America, and has written or edited six books. Her views on male-female equality sparked a national debate and her article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” became the most read piece in the history of The Atlantic magazine.

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Slaughter said: “I am so honored to be the Commencement speaker. I come from 200 years of North Carolinians and my great-grandfather William Alexander Hoke’s papers are stored at the University.”

Chancellor Carol Folt worked with UNC’s Commencement Speaker Selection Committee to select Slaughter as the speaker.

Folt said: “Carolina is incredibly fortunate to welcome an exceptional thinker and leader like Anne-Marie Slaughter to share her wit, wisdom and experience. She is a dedicated public servant devoted to solving real life challenges related to work, family and leadership – issues especially relevant to our graduating seniors.

“I was lucky enough to hear Anne-Marie speak several years ago and found her absolutely magnetic. She greatly inspired me and I know students will be moved and motivated by her message.”

Spring Commencement is on May 8th at 9am in Kenan Memorial Stadium.