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Each year, The Hun School of Princeton welcomes a group of extraordinary authors, artists, and thought leaders as members of its renowned Centennial Speaker Series. The Series is designed to expose students to ideas and entertainment that will provoke thought and stretch their understanding on a range of real-world topics and issues.

2017 -2018 Speaker Series

Caroline Paul

Tuesday, Jan. 23rd at 9:30 a.m., Shipley Pavilion
Before launching her career as a bestselling author, Caroline Paul embarked on a long list of unlikely adventures, ranging from flying experimental planes to whitewater rafting unexplored rivers in Borneo and Australia. By day, Paul was one of the first women to work for the San Francisco Fire Department—a job that inspired her first work of nonfiction, Fighting Fire. In The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure, she uses stories from her own life as a gutsy woman to inspire girls to break the rules, take risks and accept seemingly insurmountable challenges. It’s Lean In for middle grade girls, set not in the workplace, but on bicycles, tree branches, sea kayaks, and cliff edges. Her fifth book, to be published in May 2018, inspires middle graders to become activists. It's called You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World. In 2016, Paul took the TEDWomen conference by storm, and her TED talk has already been viewed over 1.5 million times. Whether Paul is speaking to a conference of corporate leaders or a gymnasium full of girls, her message is galvanizing. What would you do if you weren’t afraid? What risks—both emotional and physical—would you take? She invites audiences of all ages to stop living life in the shallow end and cannonball into the deep, meaningful waters.

AnnMarie Thomas

Friday, Feb. 16th, at 9:30 a.m., Shipley Pavilion
AnnMarie Thomas is the founder and director of the Playful Learning Lab, which explores ways to encourage children to embrace the "playful side of engineering." She invented Squishy Circuits to teach children the basics of electrical engineering using play-dough, and was invited twice to the White House. Dr. Thomas is an associate professor of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas, where she routinely looks for innovative ways to incorporate joy into learning and working. She is an amateur aerialist who specializes in static and flying trapeze, as well as juggling and cyr wheel.

Chris Temple

Tuesday, March 6th, at 9:30 a.m., Shipley Pavilion
Chris Temple is an award-winning humanitarian, activist, and filmmaker. Together with Zach Ingrasci, he survived on one dollar a day in their documentary film Living on One Dollar, which is available on Netflix. Their feature film Salam Neighbor brought them to a Syrian refugee camp, where they loved in a tent and challenged misconceptions around refugees. As a result, the project was featured on Google and was seen by more than 5 million people in two weeks. The film is available on Netflix. He was named one of the Top 100 Visionary Leaders of 2015 alongside Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie.

List of 9 news stories.

  • Images from Alison Wright's Exhibit

    Hun Welcomes Photojournalist Alison Wright

    Exhibit Open now through November in the Wilf Family Global Commons
     
    Photojournalist Alison Wright spoke at The Hun School on September 26th about her career documenting indigenous people around the world and the sometimes life-threatening adventures that accompany her work.
  • Playful Learning, Engineering and Physics Professor Discusses her Unorthodox Methods

    Dr. AnnMarie Thomas was never a straight-A student, but her ability to see the creative and playful side of engineering earned her degrees from MIT and CalTech and a job as an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Kate Brooks spoke to Hun School of Princeton students on April 18th about her new documentary,

    Photojournalist and Filmmaker Kate Brooks Speaks about "The Last Animals "

    Award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Kate Brooks spoke to Hun School of Princeton students on April 18th about her new documentary, The Last Animals, an exploration of the poaching and illegal world trade of elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns. The film premiered on Earth Day, April 22nd, at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, one of the industry’s most esteemed venues. 
  • Dr. Nina Tandon, CEO of EpiBone, explained the science of growing human bones.

    Dr. Nina Tandon, of EpiBone, Teaches Hun School Students about the Science of Growing Bones

    Hun School of Princeton students got a front row seat on the world of bioengineered body parts Tuesday when Dr. Nina Tandon, CEO of EpiBone, explained the science of growing human bones. 
  • Dr. David Gallo, one of the world's foremost ocean explorers, spoke at The Hun School of Princeton on Tuesday. Here he is pictured with Hun School student Natalie Davis ’17.

    One of America’s Foremost Ocean Explorers Speaks at The Hun School of Princeton

    Dr. David Gallo, one of the country’s most accomplished ocean explorers, told students at The Hun School of Princeton Tuesday that viewers will one day be able to virtually explore from their own screens the entire wreck of the Titanic, a scene that he first saw from a submarine in 1986. 
  • Sean Wilentz, one of the country’s most renowned historians and the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University and Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center CEO and Constitutional Law professor at George Washington University, discussed the history of the presidency and where presidential authority intersect with the constitution at The Hun School of Princeton on January 13th.

    Princeton University Professor Sean Wilentz and National Constitution Center’s Jeff Rosen Discuss Presidential Politics with Hun Students

    Sean Wilentz, one of the country’s most renowned historians and the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University and Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center CEO and Constitutional Law professor at George Washington University, discussed the history of the presidency and where presidential authority intersects with the constitution at The Hun School of Princeton on January 13th. All Upper School students and faculty attended the talk, which was the inaugural event of the John Gale Hun Program for Civics Education.
  • On Wednesday, December 7th, The Hun School of Princeton welcomed Black Violin, a strings-playing hip-hop duo, for an all-school concert.

    Black Violin Concert Brings Hun Students to their Feet

    On Wednesday, December 7th, The Hun School of Princeton welcomed Black Violin, a strings-playing hip-hop duo, for an all-school concert. The musicians’ unique sound and energy drove hundreds of students and teachers to the foot of the stage for an impromptu dance party.
  • ABC News anchor and author Dan Harris spoke to students at The Hun School of Princeton.

    ABC News Anchor Dan Harris Tells Hun Students How He Became “10 Percent Happier”

    ABC News anchor and author Dan Harris spoke to students at The Hun School of Princeton Tuesday about his career in broadcast journalism, his on-air panic attack, and how he found balance in his life through the use of meditation.
  • Grammy award-winning singer, social activist, and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo.

    Angelique Kidjo: Singing Songs of Hope in a Universal Language

    The Hun School of Princeton’s Centennial Speaker Series continued on Tuesday, January 26th with Grammy award-winning singer, social activist, and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo. Ms. Kidjo wowed students, faculty, and guests with the power of her voice and the message of her songs. She told stories of her childhood: how she was afforded an education, how her family supported her love of singing, and how her work as a musician brought her back to her native Africa as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
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