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:
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.
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.
Previous events are listed below.
Feb. 22: Vy Higgensen's Gospel for Teens performs for Middle School. Watch the Livestream of the performance.
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.
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:
- Jeremy K. Kessler, associate professor at Columbia Law School
- Peter B. Ellis '57, a lawyer who represented several Guantanamo detainees and challenged the Obama administration’s definition for enemy combatants
- Kennedy Odede, founder of Shining Hope for Communities in the Kibera slum of Nairoibi, Kenya
- Dr. Melony Samuels, founder and executive director of the Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
- Jordan Axt, researcher in social psychology for Project Implicit at Harvard University
- Alessia Cara, singer-songwriter known for her debut single, "Here"
- Hari Kondabolu, comedian
- Ryan Mundy, a safety for the Chicago Bears
- Elle Luna, artist, designer, and writer