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 Humanist and Scientist Programs. The lectures are always free and open to the general public.

2021-2022 Speakers:
October 14, 2021 • 7 pm - Tiffany Jewell, Distinguished Visiting Justice Leader
March 15, 2022 - Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, Distinguished Visiting Scientist
April 14, 2022 - Jon Grinspan '02, Distinguished Humanities Lecturer

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2022 Distinguished Visiting Humanities Lecturer

Jon Grinspan '02
April 14, 2022

Curating the Past, Present, and Future of Our Democracy

Jon Grinspan is Curator of Political History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. He is the author of the award-winning The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the 19th Century. He recently published his second book The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915. He frequently contributes to the New York Times, and has been featured in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives in Washington, D.C. 

2022 Distinguished Visiting Scientist

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd
March 15, 2022 

How Cities Affect Weather-Climate Systems
Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Shepherd was the 2013 President of American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation’s largest and oldest professional/science society in the atmospheric and related sciences. Dr. Shepherd serves as Director of the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Atmospheric Sciences Program and Full Professor in the Department of Geography where he was a previous Associate Department Head. Dr. Shepherd also holds a joint appointment in the College of Engineering and is the Associated Director for Climate and Outreach in its Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS). 

2021-2022 Distinguished Visiting Justice Leader

Tiffany Jewell
October 14, 2021 • 7 pm
(Virtual Talk)

Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, twin sister, first generation American, cisgender mama, anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator, and consultant. She is the author of the #1 New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, a book for young folks and everyone to wake up, take action, and do the work of becoming antiracist. Tiffany is currently working on multiple book projects for readers of all ages.