Centennial Conversations

Throughout our Centennial year, we’re inviting notable alumni and exciting guests to campus to speak with students, faculty and staff, and other members of our Burroughs community. Recaps from their visits are available below.

Brittany Packnett Cunningham '02
Brittany Packnett Cunningham ’02, a leader at the intersection of culture, justice, and policy, was honored with both the Distinguished Service and Outstanding Alumna awards in October 2022. This video features excerpts from student-led discussions with Packnett Cunningham about her work and experiences at Burroughs and beyond.
Anton Troianovski '04
Anton Troianovski ’04, who currently works as the Moscow bureau chief for The New York Times, returned to Burroughs in January 2023 to speak about his experiences as a foreign correspondent covering Vladimir Putin’s Russia. This video features Troianovski’s full remarks, covering his assessments of Putin’s psychology, how Western journalists are combating the information war being waged by Russia’s propaganda machine, and much more.
Young Women's Leadership Conference
In late March, Burroughs hosted the St. Louis Young Women’s Leadership Conference, featuring keynote speaker Amanda Nguyen, a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and an internationally recognized social entrepreneur and civil rights activist who has made significant contributions to codify the rights of survivors of sexual assault. Other panelists included inspiring female leaders who graduated from local high schools, including entrepreneur and fashion designer Daphne Benzaquen ’08. Click here for more photos from the event.
Foye Oluokun '13
Foye Oluokun ’13, a linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the NFL’s leading tackler, returned to campus in April 2023 to talk about his path from Burroughs to the NFL, sharing lessons he’s learned through both his academic and athletic pursuits about time management, goal-setting, and determination.
Cory Finley '07

Cory Finley ’07, a New York-based playwright and filmmaker, returned to Burroughs in late April 2023 to speak about his path from the JBS stage to the Sundance Film Festival. Cory returned to campus in conjunction with this year’s upper-school spring play, The Feast, which he wrote.

Julia Riew '17

Composer-lyricist and writer Julia Riew ’17 came back to Burroughs in May 2022 to speak about her meteoric rise in the world of musical theatre. Julia returned to campus in conjunction with this year’s middle school musical, Thumbelina: A Little Musical, which she wrote. During her visit, Julia appeared on The Face to Face, a student-led podcast by members of the class of 2026. Listen now via Spotify!

Frankie Toan '08

Fiber artist Frankie Toan ’08 (they/them) returned to Burroughs as part of our Centennial Finale Weekend, in conjunction with the opening of their show, Queer Gardens: Becoming Wild, in the Bonsack Gallery. A full video of Frankie’s remarks will be posted soon; you can read more about their visit here. Frankie’s show will be on view in the Bonsack until Tuesday, November 28.

Sam Altman '03

As part of our Centennial Finale Weekend, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman ’03 spoke to the Burroughs community about the evolution of artificial intelligence. His interview with current parent and trustee Bobby Dunn ’94 is available here. Sam also spoke to students in morning assembly, when he was presented with our 2023 Outstanding Alum Award.