Speakers and Performers

Poet Ari Satok takes students' questions after his Upper School assembly.

2018-19 Speakers and Performers

Ty Jones: The actor, screenwriter, and producer speaks to the Middle School about the joys and challenges of "acting while black" during his extensive career performing on stage and screen. Watch here.

Benjamin Davis: The licensed mental health therapist presents a workshop that explores gender identity development in young people, helps parents answer children's questions about gender, and demystifies linguistic changes and cultural trends. Watch here.

Sara Wicht: The educational consultant leads Lower School parents in a discussion about culturally responsive practices for families and schools, and explores how sharing diverse experiences and perspectives leads to safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environments. Watch here.

Ian Sullivan '11: The illustrator and Riverdale alumnus speaks to the Middle School about the importance of his Riverdale teachers in his pursuit of art as a career, and about the progression of his work as an artist. Watch here.

Sandy Rubenstein: A teacher at the Horace Mann School in New York, and the child of Holocaust survivors, Rubenstein relates her parents' story, and shares excerpts from her father's book, "Mark It With a Stone." Watch here.

John Viener: The writer, producer, and voice actor for the animated sitcom "Family Guy," Viener gave the Middle School an inside look into the writing and animation process, and demonstrated the art of breathing life into animated characters through voice acting. 

Staff Sgt. Rudy Nunez: To commemorate Veterans Day, Riverdale showed a film about Al Davis, a Riverdale teacher who also was a World War II Bronze Star recipient and heard a talk by Staff Sgt. Rudy Nunez, a member of the math department who is also a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Watch here.

Juno Wheeler: A leadership facilitator for the WE movement, Wheeler talks about how youth have the power to change the world. Watch here

Salva Dut: A former "Lost Boy" of Sudan, Dut shares the story of how he escaped to Ethiopia and Kenya from his war-torn country and later founded the not-for-profit Water for South Sudan, Inc., which provides access to fresh water and hygiene education in remote villages of his native country. Watch here

Peter Neufeld: The civil rights lawyer and 2018 Jolli Humanitarian Award recipient speaks about his work as co-director of The Innocence Project. Watch here.

Andrew Forsthoefel: The author and peace activist recounts his experiences during his yearlong walk across America. Watch here.

Ari Satok: The writer shares excerpts from "The Architects of Hope," his collection of poems chronicling the hopes and hardships, of young people from around the world. Watch here.

Jose Obando: Through narrative and performance, the musician and ethnomusicologist traces the development of salsa from its African roots through the slave trade to the Latin American colonies and into contemporary American culture. Watch here.

Gaspar Epstein: Riverdale language teacher and athletics coach walks us through his 115-day journey along the Appalachian Trail. Watch here.

Pushed Learning and Media: This nonprofit arts group uses performance and multimedia to talk about privilege, identity, and oppression. Watch here.

Past speakers have included:

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