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Keynote Address by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and actress/advocate Laverne Cox will headline this year’s Meliora Weekend at the University of Rochester. This year marks the 14th Meliora Weekend, which combines alumni reunions, homecoming, and family weekends, and attracts 7,000 attendees each year for four days of lectures, performances, seminars, and social gatherings. Meliora Weekend is October 16-19, 2014. Goodwin, the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, October 18. 

Laverne Cox to Speak

Actress Laverne Cox will speak on Saturday, October 18. She currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the role of Sophia Burset, an incarcerated African-American transgender woman. She is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. 

Jason Alexander, Rochester A Cappella Groups Perform

On Friday, October 17, attendees have a number of entertainment options. A limited number of tickets will be available for An Evening with Jason Alexander at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.  Beyond his portrayal of George Costanza on the hit NBC series Seinfeld, Alexander has performed on Broadway, done stand-up comedy, acted in film, and directed. On the River Campus, four of the University’s award-winning student ensembles will perform at the annual A Cappella Jam. Participating groups are the After Hours, Midnight Ramblers, Vocal Point, and Yellowjackets. The jam features performances by existing group members and alumni.


Registration for events begins in mid-August, to view a full event listing please visit the Meliora Weekend Website. For questions, contact us at


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October 16, 2014