Special Events 2020-2021
James Ijames - 2020-2021 Distinguished Humanities Lecturer
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 • 7 pm • Register
James Ijames is an award-winning Philadelphia-based playwright, director, performer, and educator. Ijames will discuss his work, including his play Fat Ham, being staged this year the Wilma Theater and described as a "contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, set on a pig farm in the American South, that explores big issues (like toxic masculinity and cycles of violence) with a light touch."
IJames' plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre (NYC), Ally Theatre (Washington, D.C.) and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright's Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, Headlands Art Center, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre and Victory Gardens. Ijames is the recipient of the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist; he has also received two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play and one Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play (The Brothers Size with Simpatico Theatre Company). He is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University.
Dr. Robin Hopkins - 2020-2021 Distinguished Visiting Scientist
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 • 7 pm • Register
Dr. Robin Hopkins is the John Loeb Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Her research examines speciation in plants, predominantly focused on reinforcement, the process in which reduced hybrid fitness generates selection for the evolution of reproductive isolation between emerging species.
2020-2021 Distinguished Visiting Justice Leader: André Robert Lee
October 27, 2020
Live virtual Q&A with André Robert Lee, director of Virtually Free, a documentary exploring an unlikely Richmond partnership and its effort to transform the justice system and stop mass incarceration
2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Humanities Speaker: Daniel Immerwahr '98
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, described by the New York Times as “wry, readable, and often astonishing.”
Virtual Visit - spring 2020
2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Scientist: Helen White
Haverford College Associate Professor whose 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.
Virtual Visit - spring 2020
A Night Out in the Classroom 2019
A special opportunity for parents and guardians to become Friends’ Central students for just one night. With plenty of offerings from Microscopy and the Science of Browning to Islamic Architecture and Quaker Schools & Climate Change, this year's program was A Night Out to remember.
November 25, 2019
2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Justice Leader: Dr. Steven Larson
Dr. Steven Larson, subject of the HBO documentary Clínica de Migrantes, is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Puentes de Salud, a nonprofit organization that promotes the health and wellness of Philadelphia’s rapidly growing Latinx immigrant population.
October 29, 2019
Friends' Central and Children's Book World hosted author Raina Telgemeier, New York Times bestselling author of Smile
October 16, 2019
Winged Wonders Monarch Butterfly Program
A Free science program for Children ages 2 1/2 to 6 and their families, held at the Lower School
September 22, 2019
2018-2019 Distinguished Visiting Scientist: Rebecca Saxe
Cognitive neuroscientist and professor in the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Dr. Saxe will share her research. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
April 15, 2019
Kwame Alexander and Friends - The Versify Tour
Friends' Central and Children's Book World hosted Kwame Alexander - poet, educator, New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, and recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal - and authors/illustrators from his new publishing imprint, Versify. Kwame and his authors and illustrators presented a performance unlike any other!
April 5, 2019
2018-2019 Distinguished Visiting Humanities Lecturer: Daniel Torday
Author and Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College, Daniel Torday spoke about his latest book Boomer1: A Novel .
March 13, 2019
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg: Raising Children & Adolescents Who are Prepared to Thrive in a Challenging World
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, professor of pediatric medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, shared his research on fostering resilience in young people, translating the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches for parents.
January 17, 2019
A Night Out in the Classroom 2018
With classes ranging from Microscopy and Yoga to Shakespeare and Gender, A Night Out gave the FCS community a chance to travel back in time and be a Friends' Central student for an evening. The evening began with a keynote by Head of School Craig N. Sellers, followed by a unique 45-minute class taught by an outstanding FCS teacher.
November 19, 2018
2018-2019 Distinguished Visiting Justice Leader: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Co-Sponsored by Lankenau Hospital
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, whose research exposed the Flint water crisis, is a pediatrician, professor, public health advocate, and author of What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.
October 30, 2018
Friends' Central and Children's Book World hosted An Evening with Sarah J. Maas
#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series Sarah J. Maas visited Friends' Central to discuss her new book CatWoman: SoulStealer
August 7, 2018
The 2018 Education Forum for Families with Intellectually Curious Students
April 15, 2018
2017-2018 Distinguished Visiting Scientist: Douglas Emlen
Author and evolutionary biologist
April 11, 2018
Philadelphia Area Independent School Fair
April 10, 2018
An Evening with Chill Moody & Hardwork Movement
February 22, 2018
Friends' Central and Children's Book World hosted author & activist Marley Dias
February 3, 2018
Friends' Central and Children's Book World hosted author Kate DiCamillo
Newbery Award-winning author of Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux
October 15, 2017
Screenagers Movie Screening and Parent Program
October 5, 2017
An Afternoon with Sarah J. Maas
#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series
September 16, 2017
2016-2017 Distinguished Humanities Lecturer: Elizabeth Milroy
Art Historian and author
"Inventing Public Parks: Frederick Law Olmsted & Philadelphia's Green Places"
January 11, 2017
2016-2017 Distinguished Visiting Scientist: Janna Levin
Artist and author
April 5, 2017
Friends' Central and Children's Book World hosted
Chris Colfer, Golden Globe-winning actor & author
July 13, 2017