Lauren Duca, award-winning writer and Teen Vogue contributing editor, will address graduates at the 48th commencement ceremony of
Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College on Saturday, May 20, at 11:00 a.m.
Ms. Duca drew international attention in December, 2016 for her op-ed piece “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America.” In addition to working as a contributing editor at Teen Vogue, her work can be found in Vice, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The New Inquiry, The Nation, Pacific Standard, Cosmopolitan, and Complex, among other publications. In 2015, Ms. Duca won the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award from the L.A. Press Club for best film, television, or theater feature for her Huffington Post article, “The Rise of the Woman-Child.” She has also been nominated for a 2017 Shorty Award, recognizing influencers and organizations producing the best content on social media.
Ms. Duca said, “It will be a great privilege to speak at Simon’s Rock. I hope that I can inspire students to confront hate with courage and integrity, and to be tenacious with their ideas. I know that Simon’s Rock shares these values in their teaching – and I look forward to addressing the graduates of an institution that takes younger college students seriously.”
“Lauren’s address is certain to be compelling and timely. Her writing has ignited conversation not only about a dangerous form of political manipulation and dishonesty, but also about the engagement and reach of publications for younger audiences and the importance of acknowledging young people, especially women, as serious thinkers with agency and political conviction,” said Ian Bickford, provost and vice president of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. “She is a voice for the values upon which Simon's Rock was founded. It will be an honor, in our 50th anniversary year, to welcome Lauren Duca into our community in celebration of our new graduates.”
Ms. Duca graduated magna cum laude in 2013 from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy. She has produced a varied body of work, ranging from political analysis to human interest pieces. At Huffington Post, Ms. Duca was an entertainment reporter and created a newsletter of pop culture analysis called Middlebrow. In recent months, Ms. Duca was profiled by The New York Times and featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, Al Jazeera, “Chelsea,” and “Dan Rather’s America.” However, Ms. Duca claims she is “mostly just trying to get you to follow her on Twitter (@laurenduca).”