The Haverford School invites distinguished speakers to campus throughout the year to enrich the lives of the students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni in our community.
The School's Best for Boys speaker series engages the community in discussion about topics and practices that help foster the social, emotional, and academic growth of young boys.
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The Edward R. Hallowell Literary Lecture annually brings to campus a nationally known author to present a lecture, spend a day with the students, and participate in informal readings and discussions to inspire an interest in literature.
Named after Haverford's fifth Headmaster (1966-1987), the annual Davis R. Parker Memorial History Lecture gives us a unique opportunity to learn, reflect, and engage in discussion about topics of historical importance. A notable expert shares research and lessons through an evening lecture and also spends a day interacting with students.
The annual Joseph T. Cox Servant Leadership Symposium features a transformational leader who shares his or her experience and wisdom with The Haverford School community. The event exposes boys to various models of effective leadership from different arenas of professional life, and reinforces the value of leading a life as a thoughtful and engaged citizen of the world.
The William Edward Gwinn '86 Memorial Science Lecture was established by Byrd and Molly Gwinn in memory of their son, Will Gwinn ’86, who achieved the highest academic honors at The Haverford School and died of leukemia in his junior year. The Gwinns established a prize and lectureship in his memory to bring a distinguished scientist each year to address Upper School students.
The Michael Stairs Memorial Concert brings to campus a nationally recognized musician to spend time in a master class with Haverford music students and perform a concert in Centennial Hall. The aim of the fund is to celebrate music as an academic discipline as well as a source of inspiration and joy.
Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey talks poetry and race relations with Upper School boys.