Distinguished Lectures

Friends' Central School's Distinguished Lecture Series seeks to inspire the next generation of writers, educators, scientists, researchers, policy makers, and thinkers by bringing renowned scholars to campus for courses and a public lecture. A core group of Friends' Central students prepare for the lectures in advance and participate in special classes and workshops both on campus and at the lecturer's home institution as part of the Distinguished Visiting Justice, Humanities, and Scientist Speaker programs. These lectures are free and open to the public.

2022-2023 Speakers:
April 27, 2023 - H. Bernard Hall, Distinguished Visiting Justice Leader
March 20, 2023 - Patrick Rosal, Distinguished Visiting Humanities Lecturer
EVENT CANCELED: April 12, 2023 - Edith Widder, Distinguished Visiting Scientist

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Previous Lectures

2023 Distinguished Visiting Justice Leader

H. Bernard Hall
April 27, 2023

H. Bernard Hall’s scholarship on the intersections of hip-hop pedagogy and English education has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and edited volumes and featured at international and national education conferences. An Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education at Drexel University, Dr. H. Bernard Hall has collaborated with K-12 schools, colleges, and community-based organizations to respond to calls for social and educational justice.  

EVENT CANCELED: 2022 Distinguished Visiting Scientist

Edith Widder
April 12, 2023
Please note: this event has been canceled

Edith Widder is an internationally renowned marine biologist and deep-sea explorer with a research speciality in the phenomenon of bioluminescence.  Dr. Widder worked as a senior scientist at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution for 16 years and has made hundreds of dives in deep-sea submersibles to explore marine life. In 2005, Dr. Widder founded the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA). Chosen as a MacArthur Fellow in 2006, Widder has three popular TED talks, including an account of finding and filming the giant squid. Her recent book, Below the Edge of Darkness, A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea (2021), was named a 'Best Book of the Year' by Booklist and was described as a “thrilling blend of hard science and high adventure” by The New York Times.

2023 Distinguished Visiting Humanities Lecturer

Patrick Rosal
March 20, 2023

Patrick Rosal is the author of five full-length poetry collections including The Last Thing: New and Selected Poems. Among other honors, he is a winner of the William Carlos Williams Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award. Rosal currently serves as Campus Co-director of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers-Camden. He is also Professor of English teaching courses on poetry, performance, improvisation, collaboration, and community art.