Shoemaker Visiting Lecturer Series

Westtown’s Shoemaker Visiting Lecturer Series schedules a succession of distinguished visitors each year who move our students toward self-education and self-knowledge. Programs are open to the entire Westtown community and, frequently, to the public as well.

A legacy since the 1960s of the Shoemaker and Flaccus families, the Shoemaker Series brings to campus talented men and women from a variety of fields. An important part of the Shoemaker visits includes opportunities for Westtown students to interact with these individuals.

2018-2019 Schedule:

Thursday, September 27th - 7:30pm

Kevin Roose '05

Kevin Roose is a technology columnist for the New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine. His column, "The Shift," examines the intersection of tech, business, and culture.

Previously, he was a writer at New York magazine, and the executive producer and co-host of "Real Future," a documentary TV series about technology and innovation. He is the New York Times bestselling author of two books, Young Money and The Unlikely Disciple. He has been named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" and Time's list of the 140 best Twitter feeds, and his work has been featured in The Best Business Writing, GQ, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and other publications. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and many other TV and radio outlets, is a regular guest on The Daily, and has appeared on Longform and other podcasts. He is part of a team that won the 2018 Gerald Loeb Award for breaking news.

He lives in Brooklyn.

Kevin will talk about writing as an act of power.

Thursday, November 29 - 7:30pm

 Emily Carris '00

Emily Carris is an artist and founding member of The Art Dept, a collaborative vintage store and workshop space dedicated to sharing stories and uplifting underserved artists. She has a BA in Education and Photography from Eugene Lang College in New York. She holds a Master's degree in photography from UCA in Kent, England. Her work exploring the personal and cultural legacy of slavery and the Black female body has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Emily has worked as a photography teacher and museum educator at the International Center of Photography in New York. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

Emily will talk about her story from Westtown and her use of art as a medium for social justice.

Thursday, April 4 - 7:30pm

Richard Fuller

Richard Fuller is an Australian-born, U.S.-based engineer, entrepreneur, and environmentalist best known for his work on global pollution remediation. He is founder and president of the nonprofit Pure Earth (formerly known as Blacksmith Institute) dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where human health is at risk. Mr. Fuller initiated and now leads the Secretariat of the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, a multi-stakeholder group focusing on pragmatic solutions to pollution and health in the poorer countries. In 2010, he was profiled in Time magazine’s Power of One column about his efforts fighting pollution. Mr. Fuller is also the founder and absentee Chairman of Great Forest Inc., one of the leading sustainability consulting companies in the U.S. He is the author of The Brown Agenda, published in 2015. He lives and is headquartered in New York. 

Richard will talk about sustainability as in issue of social justice.

The 2018 -19 Shoemaker Series also presents:

Liliana Valesquez, author of Dreams and Nightmares

Walter Blass
, Holocaust refugee, Economist, Peace Corps Site Director, Jewish Quaker

Brandon Crosse, Playwright and Author.

Past Shoemaker Visitors
  • Activists: Educator and activist Steven Tejada,  poet and activist Climbing Poetree, activist and Quaker comedian Peter Toscano

  • Entrepreneurs: Tiffanie Stanard, Daryl Shore 99

  • Scientists: Physicist and neuroscientist at Penn Danielle Bassett, astrophysicist Gabriel Betancourt Martinez ‘06, forensic anthropologist Doug Owsley, paleontologist Peter Dodson, geneticist and physician D. Holmes Morton

  • Humanitarians: Coretta Scott King, Bayard Rustin, Elie Wiesel, economist and food activist Raj Patel, Project H.O.M.E.’s Sister Mary Scullion, Kevin Jennings of GLSEN

  • Journalists: Juan Williams, author of Eyes on the Prize; NPR’s Susan Stamberg, Living on Earth’s Steve Curwood ‘65, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth

  • Musicians: Pete Seeger, African Children’s Choir, Habana Sax, Philadelphia Virtuosi Orchestra, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, Jon Alston and Chester Children’s Choir,

  • Other Artists: Mural Arts director Jane Golden, filmmakers Andrew Renzi ‘03,Nathaniel Kahn and Kavery Kaul,  ambigram artist John Langdon
    Other Performers: Climbing Poetree, poet activists, STOMP Keith Middleton ‘89,Philadanco, Tamagawa University Taiko Drummers, First State Ballet, National Theater for the Deaf, Folk Arts Rajasthan

  • Scientists: Physicist and neuroscientist at Penn Danielle Bassett, astrophysicist Gabriel Betancourt Martinez ‘06, forensic anthropologist Doug Owsley, paleontologist Peter Dodson, geneticist and physician D. Holmes Morton

  • Writers: Poets Robert Frost and Sonia Sanchez, Junot Diaz, Anne Tyler, Lorene Cary

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