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Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni (MESDA) Lecture

The Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni (MESDA) Lecture series was initiated in 1996 to honor Professor Emeritus Merle E. Simmons for his contributions to the department and university. Each year, a distinguished alumna or alumnus is invited to visit Bloomington, present a lecture and reconnect with his/her roots.

The MESDA lecture is one of the department's premier events and has proven to facilitate our missions by encouraging mentorship, recognizing scholarship and uniting with alumni and friends.

Previous MESDA Lecturers, with their affiliation at the time of the lecture:

Dr. Michael Schuessler 2013-14 B.A. 1989 Indiana University

August J. Aquila

2012-13 Ph.D. 1973 Indiana University

Professor Judith Nantell

2011-12 Ph.D. 1978 University of Arizona at Tucson
Janet Dudley-Eshbach 2010-11 Ph.D. 1978
B.A. 1974
Salisbury University
Philip D. Rasico 2009-10 Ph.D. 1981
M.A. 1975
Vanderbilt University
Frances Aparicio 2008-09 B.A. 1978 University of Illinois at Chicago
Michael A. Schnepf 2007-08 Ph.D. 1985 University of Alabama
Marjorie Agosín 2006-07 Ph.D. 1982
M.A. 1977
Wellesley College
Eduardo González 2005-06 Ph.D. 1975 Johns Hopkins University
Patricia Lunn 2004-05 Ph.D. 1984 Michigan State University
Candyce Leonard 2003-04 Ph.D. 1992 Wake Forest University
Janet DeCesaris 2002-03 Ph.D. 1988
M.A. 1979
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Margaret Persin 2001-02 Ph.D. 1977
M.A. 1972
Rutgers University
Norma Alarcón 2000-01 Ph.D. 1983
M.A. 1972
B.A. 1970
University of California-Berkeley
Roberto González Echevarría 1999-00 M.A. 1966 Yale University
Cristina González 1998-99 Ph.D. 1981
M.A. 1978
University of California-Davis
Margarita Suñer 1997-98 Ph.D. 1973
M.A. 1970
Cornell University
Julie Greer Johnson 1996-97 Ph.D. 1975
M.A. 1970
University of Georgia