Newark Academy strives to expose students to global issues that shape the world in the classroom and beyond. Since 2008, NA’s Global Speaker Series has brought distinguished individuals from around the world to address the NA community, enrich students’ understanding and broaden their intellectual horizons.

The Global Speaker Series committee, which includes student, faculty, administration and parent representatives, brings thought-provoking speakers to campus four times each year. Speakers address current global issues, including gender and racial equality, freedom of speech, environmental sustainability, foreign affairs, philanthropy and more. 

Upcoming Events

March 5, 2019
Sonia Shah, Investigative Journalist and Author
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Global Speaker Series News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Cathy O’Neil to Present at Global Speaker Series on January 16, 2019

    Cathy O’Neil is the author of the New York Times bestselling Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, which was also a semifinalist for the National Book Award. She is a columnist for Bloomberg View and founded the company O’Neil Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing (ORCAA), an algorithmic auditing company. 
    She earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks. Cathy wrote Doing Data Science in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. She is a columnist for Bloomberg View. 
    As part of Newark Academy’s Global Speaker Series, Cathy will speak to the entire school in Rose Auditorium from 9:20-10:20 a.m. before breakout sessions in Kaltenbacher Hall from 10:25 a.m.-12 p.m. on January 16, 2019.
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  • Sonia Shah to Present at Global Speaker Series on March 5, 2019

    Sonia Shah is an American investigative journalist and author noted for her articles on corporate power - especially with respect to agriculture, oil and pharmaceutical industries - and on gender equality with specific reference to issues that affect developing countries. Shah was born in 1969 in New York City to Indian immigrants. Growing up, she shuttled between the northeastern United States where her parents practiced medicine in Mumbai and Bangalore, India, where her extended working-class family lived, developing a lifelong interest in inequality between and within societies. Her most recent novel Pandemic explores the origins of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera—one of history’s most disruptive and deadly pathogens—and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs. Over 300 infectious diseases have newly emerged or re-emerged in new territory over the past 50 years, and many epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a disruptive, deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations. To reveal how that might happen, Shah tracks each stage of cholera’s dramatic journey from harmless microbe to world-changing pandemic, from its 1817 emergence in the South Asian hinterlands to its rapid dispersal across the 19th-century world and its latest beachhead in Haiti. By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world’s deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next contagion might look like—and what we can do to prevent it.
    As part of Newark Academy’s Global Speaker Series, Shah will speak to the entire school in Rose Auditorium from 9:20-10:20 a.m. before breakout sessions in Kaltenbacher Hall from 10:25 a.m.-12 p.m. on March 5, 2019.
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  • Daryl Davis to Present at Global Speaker Series on December 4, 2018

    He is not white. Make no mistake about it; he is Black. Yet, Klan-Destine Relationships author and Accidental Courtesy film star Daryl Davis has come in closer contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan than most White non-members. What’s more? He continues to do so, making him one of the most unique race relations experts and activists today. On December 4, 2018,  the NA community will welcome Daryl as part of the Global Speaker Series.
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  • Franklin Foer to Present at Global Speaker Series on October 17, 2018

    Widely respected in contemporary journalism, Franklin Foer has made a name for himself as one of America’s premier reporters and, on October 17, 2018, the NA community will welcome Franklin as part of the Global Speaker Series. Foer offers refreshing takes on some of our most pressing topics, covering everything from politics to technology, immigration to economics, liberalism to sports, with his trademark perception and candor. A fellow at the New America Foundation, Foer served as editor for The New Republic for seven years. He became a national correspondent for The Atlantic in December 2016.
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  • Dr. Sue Mi Terry to Present at Global Speaker Series, April 3

    On April 3, the NA community will welcome Dr. Sue Mi Terry as part of the Global Speaker Series. Dr. Terry joined the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) as a senior fellow for Korea after a long and distinguished career in intelligence, policymaking, and academia following Korean issues. Prior to CSIS, she served as a senior analyst on Korean issues at the CIA from 2001 to 2008, where she produced hundreds of intelligence assessments—including a record number of contributions to the President’s Daily Brief. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and mission support, including the CIA Foreign Language award in 2008. Click here for more information about Dr. Terry.
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2018-19 Global Speaker Series Committee

Faculty Advisors
Rachel Shapiro Cooper 
Richard DiBianca 
Vanessa Jimenez Gabb
Alexis Romay 
Samarth Desu '19
Molly Feldman '19
Zachary Kessel '19
Steven Freidenrich '20
Ian Nazmiyal '20
Jacqueline Taylor '20
Amy Weiss
(Parent of Julia ’05, Charlotte ’08 and Elizabeth ’12 Reisen)

The Global Speaker Series is funded, in part by the Feinberg Multicultural Assembly Endowment. 


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