2018-19 Speaker Series
This year’s speaker series will focus on community, understanding and connectedness. From our small school to the world at large, together we will explore ways to maintain equitable child-centered and family-friendly places. Our children and families thrive in environments that nurture us and help us forge real and meaningful connections to the larger world.
Please join us for what promises to be an exciting and informative series of talks. Invitations will be forthcoming to all of these talks – we would encourage you to RSVP when receiving these invitations as we anticipate lots of interest, and space will be limited.
Charles Vogl: Community
Strong cultures help people support one another, share their passions, and achieve big goals. Such communities aren’t just happy accidents – they can be purposefully cultivated. What makes a culture of belonging? How is community changing in America? Charles Vogl will discuss these questions and introduce fundamental ideas from his book, The Art of Community. With wisdom distilled from 3,000 years of spiritual tradition, Vogl will help us think about loyalty, identity, and creating meaning within our communities.
January 16, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Dr. Lisa Miller: The Spiritual Child (Church of St. Luke in the Fields)
Dr. Lisa Miller: The Spiritual Child
Dr. Lisa Miller, Professor and Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, will discuss the science and the power of spirituality. She will describe the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and show how children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality are more likely to be happy, resilient, and make healthy decisions about substance use and abuse, sexual activity, and academics.
Combining her innovative research with evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's – as well as their own – well-being.
February 20, 2019 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Bryan Stevenson: Mercy and Social Justice (Friends Seminary Meeting House)
Bryan Stevenson: Mercy and Social Justice
Space for this speaker will be particularly limited and reserved on a first come, first-served basis – spaces will be offered in January. We are co-hosting this talk with Friends Seminary, VCS, City & Country, Little Red, and The Grace Church School.
Bryan Stevenson believes our country has a fundamental problem with humanity: “In many
parts of this country, the opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places the opposite of poverty is justice. We will ultimately not be judged by our technology and design, we will judge the character of our society by how they treat the poor. That is when we’ll understand truly profound things about who we are.”
Mr. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults.
Mr. Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal
justice system has won him numerous awards including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize, the National Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Olaf Palme Prize in Stockholm, Sweden for international human rights. He is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.
April 3, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Dr. Frances Jensen: The Teenage Brain (St. Luke's School Auditorium)
Dr. Frances Jensen: The Teenage Brain
Dr. Frances E. Jensen is the Chair of the Neurology Department in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jensen offers a revolutionary look at the brains of teenagers, dispelling myths and offering practical advice for teens, parents and teachers.
As a mother, teacher, researcher, clinician, and frequent lecturer to parents and teens, she is in a unique position to explain the workings of the teen brain. In her discussion, Dr. Jensen will share the astonishing findings that previously remained buried in academic journals. Over the last decade the scientific community has learned that the teen years encompass vitally important stages of brain development. Dr. Jensen gathers what we’ve discovered about adolescent brain function, wiring, and capacity and explains the science in the contexts of everyday learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction, and decision-making. Through her groundbreaking work, she will share some practical suggestions that will help adults and teenagers negotiate the world of adolescent development.