Parker offers free lectures for the general public, providing a forum for conversation on world perspectives featuring talks on current educational, artistic, social, political, psychological and scientific issues. Through the years, thought leaders from across the nation, as well as members of Parker’s faculty and administration, have delivered public lectures at the school.
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D’Rita and Robbie Robinson Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series

Jelani Cobb
The New Yorker Staff Writer and Speaker on
Race, History, Politics and Culture in America
Race, Civics and Education
Monday, November 1 | 7 p.m.
The D’Rita and Robbie Robinson Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series provides opportunities for all to share in insightful perspectives on vital issues facing our democratic society and global world.

Critical Conversations presents

Loretta J. Ross
Professor at Smith College in the
Program for the Study of Women and Gender
Thursday, November 18
7 p.m. | Zoom

The Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Fund for Poetry

8th Annual Jeanne Harris Hansell 
Endowed Fund for Poetry presents
Elise Paschen ’77

Wednesday, December 8 | 7 p.m.
The Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Fund for Poetry ensures continued success of our “Poetry at Parker” series and allows the school to host renowned guest poets and speakers about poetry in years to come. Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins was Parker’s inaugural visiting poet in the 2012–13 academic year, followed by Nikky Finney, Louise Glück, Kevin Young, Joy Harjo, Naomi Shihab Nye and Natasha Trethewey.

Critical Conversations presents

Mark Bradford
Liberating the Cultural Narrative Through Artistic Expression
Presented by Parker and New Roads School
Thursday, March 10 | 7 p.m.

Nightviews presents

A Community Celebration of Poetry at Parker
Wednesday, April 27 | 7 p.m.

2021–22 Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist • Inventor • Engineer in Residence

Jamal Moss
Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Administrator,
NOAA Fisheries
"Realizing Your Dreams: How a kid from Chicago found his path studying fish and marine ecosystems in Alaska"
Monday, May 2 | 7 p.m.
The Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist • Inventor • Engineer in Residence program was created by a gift to Parker in honor of engineer, industrialist and philanthropist Robert A. Pritzker ’44. This program aims to expand science education opportunities at Parker and foster an ongoing dialogue among students and teachers about current issues in science. Previous recipients include Dr. Leon M. Lederman, Dr. Paul Sereno, Dr. Russell Mittermeier and Christina Mittermeier, Dr. Edward “Rocky” Kolb, Dr. Ka Yee Lee, Dr. Don Hillebrand, Dr. Matthew Tirrell, Dr. Elizabeth Gerber, Dr. Sian Beilock, Dr. Wendy Freedman, Dr. Rick Stevens, Dr. Eve Van Cauter, Dr. Dinee Simpson and Dr. Farah Fahim.

24th Annual Francine C. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture Series

Brian Levenson
Founder of Strong Skills
“Learn How to Cultivate Nine Mental Shifts to Supercharge Your Performance”
Monday, May 9 | 7 p.m.
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.

Joan W. Harris Visiting Music Scholar in Residence

The Westerlies
Wednesday, May 11 | 7 p.m.
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.
Francis W. Parker School educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society and global community.