The Francine C. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture Series was created to honor the memory of one of Parker’s most dedicated and effective volunteers, Francine C. Rosenberg. In Francine’s memory, the Lecture Series is dedicated to exposing Parker and the extended community to innovative views, philosophies and teachings relevant to the education of our children and how we live our lives. Previous guest lecturers include Judith Viorst; John Gottman, Ph.D.; Beverly Daniel Tatum; Maria Trozzi; Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D.; Edward Hallowell, M.D.; Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.; Robert Evans, Ed.D.; Michael J. Gelb; Ruth J. Simmons, Ph.D.; Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.; James P. Steyer; Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot; Michael Thompson, Ph.D.; Kenneth Ginsbugh, M.D., M.S. Ed.; Paul Tough; Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair; Dr. Bruce Perry; Julie Lythcott-Haims; Eric Liu; Dr. Shauna Shapiro, Rami Nashashibi and Michelle Gielan.
The Joan W. Harris Visiting Music Scholar in Residence program provides experiences for students find inspiration, learn, appreciate and understand the transformative power of classical music. In the 2017–18 academic year, members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center worked with the school as our inaugural visiting artists followed by the Chicago Opera Theater.