Distinguished Lecture Series

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, but registration is required.

2023-2024 Speakers:
April 10, 2024 - Anne Pringle, Distinguished Visiting Scientist
October 16, 2023 - Andrew Nadkarni 13 & Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Distinguished Visiting Justice Leaders

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Distinguished Lectures

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2023-2024 Distinguished Visiting Scientist

Dr. Anne Pringle
Last Chance to Know? The Changing Biogeography of American Mushrooms and The Death Cap
Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2024 • 7 pm

Mycologist, Fungal Biologist, and Lichenologist Anne Pringle is Letters & Science Mary Herman Rubinstein Professor and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Departments of Botany and Bacteriology.

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2023-2024 Distinguished Visiting Justice Leaders

Andrew Nadkarni '13 and Dr. Nalini Nadkarni
Between Earth & Sky: Exploring Disturbance and Recovery in Films and Forests
October 16, 2023

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Utah, studies the biota that live in rainforest canopies and documents the numerous critical ecological roles they play in tropical and temperate forests, work that has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

FCS alumnus Andrew Nadkarni ’13 is a queer multiracial filmmaker currently based in Brooklyn, NY. His directorial debut documentary, Between Earth & Sky, highlights Dr. Nalini Nadkarni's groundbreaking treetop research. The film won Best Short at Big Sky Doc Film Fest and the Audience Award for Best Short at DC Environmental Film Festival. It premieres on PBS / POV this fall.