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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.

2019-2020 Speakers:
October 29 - Dr. Steven Larson, Distinguished Visiting Justice Leader
Daniel Immerwahr '98, Distinguished Visiting Humanities Lecturer
Helen White, Distinguished Visiting Scientist 


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2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Scientist

Helen White

Helen White is Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies and Director of The Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC) at Haverford College. Her work as a geochemist has focused on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in a collaborative project that examined what happened chemically to the oil and to the dispersants used in the aftermath of the disaster. She is the winner of Haverford College's 2017 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. This evening is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Humanities Lecturer

Daniel Immerwahr ’98

Daniel Immerwahr is an author and associate professor at Northwestern University, specializing in 20th-century U.S. history within a global context. His recent book, How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States, is described by the New York Times as “wry, readable, and often astonishing.” His first book, Thinking Small, offers a critical account of grassroots development campaigns launched by the United States at home and abroad.