Speakers and Performers

Tim Morehouse '96, an Olympic silver medalist, speaks to Middle Schoolers on Sept.14.

Every year, Riverdale brings scholars, writers, activists, performers, artists, athletes and others to the River and Hill campuses. In 2016-2017, the following speakers and performers will appear:

April 18: Priscilla Morales '96, associate head of the Park School of Baltimore and a former Riverdale faculty member, speaks to the Upper School as part of Diversity Day.  At Riverdale, Morales served as a history teacher in the Middle and Upper Schools, director of diversity, director of financial aid and outreach, and dean of the Class of 2011. Watch the Livestream of her talk. 

Previous events are listed below.

April 10: Jerry Craft, the syndicated cartoonist, speaks at the Lower School.

April 7: An alumni panel speaks to juniors and seniors about careers in nonprofits. Watch the Livestream of the event.

April 5: Annie Tritt, a photographer who explores gender identity, speaks at a Middle School assembly. Watch the Livestream of her talk.

March 7: Scott Barry Kauffman, an author, psychology researcher, and scientific director of the Imagination Institute, will speak to Upper School students as part of One World Day. 

Feb. 22: Vy Higgensen's Gospel for Teens performs for Middle School. Watch the Livestream of the performance.

Feb. 15: Regina Calcaterra, author of a memoir about growing up in an unstable and abusive home on Long Island, speaks at a Middle School assembly. Watch the Livestream of her talk. 

Feb. 10: New Zealand educator Billy Osteen, the 2016-2017 Zagat Global Fellow, speaks about character and community engagement at a Middle School assembly. Watch the Livestream of his talk. 

Feb. 7: Taylor Agisim '00 speaks on global business as part of the Riverdale Class of 1957 Alumni Speaker Series. For the last four years, he has worked for the Government of Abu Dhabi as New Business Manager for FLASH Entertainment.

Feb. 1: Amanda Quaid '01, an actor and theater coach, speaks to a Middle School assembly about hearing, understanding and appreciating accents. Watch the Livestream of her talk. 

Jan: 24: The Zodiac Trio performs in the Mark Sutton-Smith '73 Assembly Concert. Watch the Livestream of the concert. 

Jan. 10: Kip Fulbeck speaks on multiracial identity at an Upper School Assembly. Fulbeck is an artist, spoken word performer, filmmaker, professor of art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received the university’s distinguished teaching award and has been named an outstanding faculty member five times.

Nov. 15: Jenny Eskin, a Middle and Upper School history teacher, speaks about her experience teaching in New York State prisons. Watch the Livestream of her speech.

Nov. 11: Daniel LaChance, a former Riverdale teacher and history professor at Emory University, speaks to students about his book, Executing Freedom: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States. Watch the Livestream of his speech. 

Nov. 2: Emma Wunsch, author of The Movie Version, speaks at the Middle School.

Nov. 2: Ross Douthat, Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, speaks at the Upper School.

Nov. 1: Lenni Benson, founder of the Safe Passage Project, an organization that provides legal representation to undocumented children, speaks to students. She is the recipient of this year's Jolli Humanitarian Award, which recognizes individuals who are making a difference in the world. Watch the Livestream of her speech.  

Oct. 24: Susan Hood, author of Ada's Violin, speaks at the Lower School.

Oct. 22: "The Changing World of News and Media." Moderator: David Faber, News Analyst and Anchor, CNBC. Panelists: Margery Baker-Riker '66, Former Vice President, CBS News; Sanford Cannold '86, Producer, CNBC; Robin Pogrebin '83, Culture Reporter, The New York Times; and Kay Madati '91, Chief Digital Officer, Black Entertainment Television. This event can be viewed on the Riverdale Livestream page. 

Oct. 18: Cathy Lynn Taylor, a conservative commentator, speaks at an Upper School assembly.

Sept. 28: Maasai warriors speak to Middle School students. This event can be viewed on the Riverdale Livestream page. 

Sept. 20: Harry Enten '07, senior political writer and analyst for Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, speaks at an Upper School assembly as part of the Class of 1957 Speaker Series. This event can be viewed on the Riverdale Livestream page. 

Sept. 15: Shelby Stokes, a member of the Upper School English faculty, speaks on the topic, "Why Learn?" at an Upper School assembly. Click here to watch a video of her talk.  

Sept. 14: Tim Morehouse '96, pictured above, a fencer in two consecutive Olympics who won a silver medal in Beijing, speaks to the Middle School about character, commitment, and discipline. This event can be viewed on the Riverdale Livestream page.

Sept. 9: The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage, performs at the Lower School. The group is featured in a new movie, The Landfill Harmonic. To watch a short video of the performance at Riverdale, click here

Speakers in the 2015-2016 school year included:


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Whenever possible, Riverdale provides live video of speakers and certain school events, such as graduation, on the school's Livestream channel. You may watch these events as they are happening or later at a your convenience.


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