Doers and Dreamers

The Lasell Visiting Alumni Program.

The Lasell Visiting Alumni Program brings alumni home to Pomfret to share their time, talent, knowledge, and real-world experiences with students and faculty. Visiting alumni typically spend two or three days delivering presentations, hosting small group discussions, and engaging with students informally.


This year's visiting alumni are Orville Schell ’58 and Adam Hochschild ’60.

Schell is an American writer, academic, and activist, well known for his works on China. Hochschild is the author of eight books, including Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Their public lecture — on the geopolitics surrounding Russia, China, and the United States — is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, in Centennial Auditorium, on the Pomfret campus, starting at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.

Orville Schell

Orville SchellOrville Schell ’58 is an American writer, academic, and activist, well known for his works on China. He is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York, and he previously served as Dean of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Of the fifteen books he has authored, ten are about China. His most recent books are: Wealth and Power, China’s long March to the 21st Century. He is also a contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The China Quarterly, and The New York Review of Books, among others.

He is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Schell was a Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and the recipient of many prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize in Asian Journalism.

Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild ’60 is the co-founder of Mother Jones Magazine and the author of eight books; the latest, Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, appeared in 2016. Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN USA Literary Award, the Gold Medal of the California Book Awards, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa and To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 were both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels, collects some of the articles he has done in several decades of writing for various newspapers and magazines. He is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley.

Funding for the Lasell Visiting Alumni Program is made possible through the generosity of Chester Lasell ’54. “I was heavily influenced by my education at Pomfret," Lasell says. "With its caring faculty and its ability to cultivate a student’s creativity and independence, I learned the value of listening to and learning from others. It just seemed natural to create a program that would benefit the students in the same way.”