Wes Moore


Taft is fortunate to have a number of endowed funds that bring interesting speakers to the school.

Speakers have included General James Cartwright, civil rights activist Morris Dees, author Wes Moore, Pulitzer-prize winner Tracy Kidder, Teach for America's Wendy Kopp, General John Abizaid and KIPP founder David Levin among others.

Rear Admiral Raymond F. DuBois Fellowship in International Affairs will offer Taft students the opportunity to learn more about international affairs through annual presentations by guest lecturers.

The Albert Family Holocaust Study Fund, which was created by Burt and Sylvia Albert, parents of Eric Albert '77, Jonathan Albert '79 and Deborah A. Rosmarin '82, to enable the school to bring to campus once a year guest speakers who are recognized authorities on the study of the Holocaust during WWII. It is hoped that this experience will help engender a continuing knowledge enabling us all to learn from this tragic lesson in history.

Oppenheim Visiting Writers Fund, established in 2004 through the generosity of William and Paula Oppenheim, supports a program of visiting creative writers and poets to enrich the Taft experience.

Paduano Lecture Series in Philosophy and Ethics, established in 1999 by Daniel P. and Nancy Paduano, parents of John P. Paduano, Class of 1999, funds a program of visiting speakers in support of the Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics Department at Taft. Visiting speakers, selected from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, address the students and faculty and visit classes during their stay at the school.

The Paley Family Endowment, established in 2006 by Valerie and Jeffrey Paley '56 and their son Austin Paley '09, supports the Paley Lectures, an annual program of visiting speakers. Invited speakers address the school community on current issues of major significance, such as government, journalism, foreign affairs, environment, and civil liberties, in order to provide Taft students with the opportunity to be inspired by the value and dignity of lives filled with purpose and commitment.

The Rockwell Visiting Artists Fund, established in 1997 by Sherburne B. Rockwell Jr., Class of 1941, and H.P. Davis Rockwell, Class of 1944, supports a program of visiting artists to speak with students and faculty, work with art classes, and exhibit their work in the Mark Potter '48 Art Gallery. Professional artists involved in painting, drawing, photography, pottery, sculpture, fabric design, printmaking, and other visual arts are included in the program.

Yerkes Family Botanical Art and Sciences Speakers Fund, established in 2012, offers Taft students the opportunity to learn more about systematic botany, biodiversity, ethnobotany, field botany, and floral morphology, as well as botanical illustration through annual presentations by guest speakers.

Since many guests speakers address the school at Morning Meeting, you can find audio recordings of a number of talks on that page.

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