Speakers and Performers

In 2017-2018, the following speakers and performers are scheduled to appear:

April 11: George Wolf, a holocaust survivor. View video here.

April 3: Dr. Selah Johnson, civil rights scholar and history teacher at The Spence School.  View video here.

March 6: Jolli Humanitarian Award: Ellen L. Bassuk, M.D., a psychiatrist and president of The Bassuk Center, an organization focused on family homelessness and poverty. View video here

Jan. 23: 6th Annual Mark Sutton-Smith '73 Assembly Concert featuring duo parnas, violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas. View video here

Dec. 6: John Isaac, former photojournalist for the United Nations. View video here

Nov. 28: Stacey Mindich, producer of "Dear Evan Hansen." View video here.

Nov. 28: Dr. Kathy Pike, executive director and scientific co-director of the Global Mental Health Program and associate director of the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. View video here

Nov. 14: Chris Larsen, a graduate of Lawrenceville and West Point, a decorated Iraq War veteran, and MBA student. View video here.

Nov. 7: Gene Klein, a holocaust survivor and the subject of a book, We Got the Water: Tracing My Family’s Path Through Auschwitz, written by his daughter, Jill Klein. View video here

Oct. 31: King Lecture: Nicole Hemmer, assistant professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center. View video here.

Oct. 25: Janice P. Nimura, author of "Daughters of the Samurai." View video here

Oct. 20: Tara Setmayer and Kevin Powell, political commentators. 

Oct. 19: David Yeager, a psychologist specializing in adolescent development at the University of Texas at Austin.

Oct. 18: Tsione Wolde-Michael, editor for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

Oct. 17: Cathy O'Neil, mathematician, blogger, and author of books about data science. View video here.

Oct. 11: Leigh Bristow, founder of Sumbandila Scholarships in rural Limpopo, South Africa. View video here.

Oct. 6: Joanne Bland, above, co-founder and former director of the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama. View video here.

Oct. 3: Leslie Adelson Lewin, executive director of Seeds of Peace, a leadership development organization focused on helping young people manage conflict and lead change. View video here

Sept. 19: Kellen Blair, lyricist of "Murder For Two" and a film teacher at Riverdale, speaks on the question, "Why Learn?" View video here.

Speakers in the 2016-2017 school year included:

Speakers in the 2015-2016 school year included:


Riverdale Live

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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