Inaugural Class of ’69 Lecture Postponed

Monday, April 11, 2022

The inaugural Class of 1969 Global Engagement Lecture, which was to feature social entrepreneur and inventor Kavita Shukla  during a school meeting Thursday, April 21, has been postponed.

Shukla is the founder and CEO of the FRESHGLOW Co. and the inventor of FreshPaper, a biodegradable produce sheet that keeps food fresh and is taking on the global challenge of food waste. 

Today, FreshPaper is used by farmers and families around the world, and the FRESHGLOW Co. has partnered with some of the largest retailers in the world from Whole Foods to Walmart. 

Shukla holds four patents and is a recipient of the biennial INDEX Design to Improve Life Award, which is the world’s largest prize for design. She has been featured as one of Fast Company’s “7 Entrepreneurs Changing the World.” Shukla has also been named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list and TIME magazine’s “5 Most Innovative Women in Food.” She holds a bachelor of arts from Harvard University.

The Class of 1969 Global Engagement Lecture exposes students and faculty to learning through the broadest possible global lens; or, more specifically, the goal of the lecture is to expose students and faculty to complex world issues through visits throughout the year from scholars, political and journalistic figures, and visual and performing artists.

Mercersburg is working on a rescheduled date for Shukla to visit campus during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Previous endowed lectures this year have included the Schaff Lecture on Ethics and Morals (Chris Herren) and the Joseph Hilliard Beauregard ’18 Memorial Generosity of Spirit School Meeting (Calvin Sun). This year’s endowed lecture series will conclude with the Jacobs Residency Lecture Monday, May 2 (author and consultant Daniel Lerner).

For more information on this story, please contact Lee Owen ( in Mercersburg’s Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications.