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.

Joan W. Harris Visiting Music Scholar in Residence


In our ongoing effort to provide experiences for students to find inspiration, learn, appreciate and understand the transformative power of classical music, Francis W. Parker School is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Joan W. Harris Visiting Music Scholar in Residence program for the 2017–18 academic year.
 
Joan W. Harris Visiting Music Scholar in Residence presents
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Monday, January 22 | 7 p.m.
Heller Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
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The Bard College Institute for Writing & Thinking

“Writer as Reader: Discovering New Ways into the Texts” Workshops 
Friday, January 26

Included are sessions on novels, poetry, nonfiction, historical documents, STEM texts and other media. As educators have come to expect, these workshops focus on putting texts into conversations with other texts, with historical events and digital media. Workshops include Against Phoniness: Speaking Your Truth in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Wild Hundreds by Nate Marshall and Pain, Voice, and Form in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and The Pain Scale by Eula Biss. Click here for more information.

Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist•Inventor•Engineer in Residence Public Lecture

The Robert A. Pritzker Visiting ScientistInventorEngineer 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, Cristina Mittermeier, Dr. Edward “Rocky” Kolb, Dr. Ka Yee Lee, Dr. Don Hillebrand, Dr. Matthew Tirrell, Dr. Liz Gerber and Sian Beilock.

11th Annual Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist•Inventor•Engineer in Residence 
Dr. Rick Stevens
Associate Laboratory Director of Computing, Environment and Life Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory and
University of Chicago Senior Fellow and Computer Science Professor in the Computation Institute

The Future of Computing and its Impact on Science and Society
Tuesday, January 30 | 7 p.m.

Heller Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
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Nightviews Speaker Series presents

Free Public Screening of Barney’s Wall
and Discussion to Follow
Friday, February 9
7 p.m. | Heller Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
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Nightviews Speaker Series presents

David Farber ’74
Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor, Modern America University of Kansas
Author of Chicago ’68 

Monday, March 19
7 p.m. | Heller Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
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The Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Poetry Fund

The Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Fund was created by a gift to Parker in honor of alumnus Jeanne Harris Hansell ’45. This essential resource provides the school with funding for visiting poets, sponsored poetry readings by members of the Parker community and much more. Billy Collins visited the school as the inaugural recipient of this fund in the 2012–13 academic year, followed by Nikky Finney, Louise Glück, Kevin Young and Joy Harjo.

The Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Fund for Poetry
Hosts its Fifth Annual Presenation with
Acclaimed Poet and Author Naomi Shihab Nye
Wednesday, April 4 | 7 p.m.
Heller Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
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Nightviews Speaker Series presents

Dr. Lisa Damour
Author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood 

Monday, April 30 | 7 p.m.
Heller Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public
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Francine C. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture Series

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 Michael Thompson, Ph.D.; Robert Evans, Ed.D.; Michael J. Gelb; John Gottman, Ph.D.; Edward Hallowell, M.D.; Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot; Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.; Sir Ken Robinson; Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D.; Ruth J. Simmons; James P. Steyer; Beverly Daniel Tatum; Maria Trozzi; Judith Viorst; Paul Tough, Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair and Bruce Perry.

Click here for more on Parker’s 2017–18 Francine C. Rosenberg Lecturer Eric Liu.
Click here for more on Ta-Nehisi Coates visit to Parker.
Click here for more on Julie Lythcott-Haims visit to Parker.
Francis W. Parker School educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a democratic society and global community.