Who are they? Well, Eli Pariser, the visionary political activist and current executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, went here. Alison Bechdel, the pioneering comic artist and author of Dykes To Watch Out For, went here. Joel and Ethan Coen, the filmmakers responsible for some of the most important, influential American films (Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?) of the past few decades—they went here. John McWhorter, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and one of the nation’s leading scholars on race and culture—he went here. Other Simon’s Rock alumni are inventing new uses of the Internet, building thriving businesses, conducting fusion research at MIT, saving lives through pediatric neurosurgery, trading on Wall Street, bringing healthcare to remote areas of Micronesia, and leading organizations like the Rainforest Alliance and HBO.
They are, in other words, the kind of people who become known as visionaries, pioneers, leaders, and so on. They think for themselves. They color outside the lines. They care about the common good. They get hip-deep in the business of making a better, smarter, saner world.