LEARNING IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT: THE GLOBAL SPEAKER SERIES

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

Theresa Flores
Survivor of and Campaigner against Sex Trafficking

October 8, 2019

John Bul Dau
One of the Lost Boys of Sudan Featured in award-winning documentary God Grew Tired

January 17, 2020

Dr. Benedette Berti
Foreign Policy and Security Research, Analyst, Consultant, Author, and Lecturer
March 6, 2020

Global Speaker Series News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Dr. Benedette Berti to Present at Global Speaker Series on March 6, 2020

    The Newark Academy community is looking forward to welcoming Dr. Benedette Berti on March 16 as part of the Global Speaker Series. Dr. Benedetta Berti is a foreign policy and security researcher, analyst, consultant, author and lecturer. Her work focuses on armed groups and internal wars, analyzing the impact of insecurity on civilians and studying how more peaceful and resilient communities can be built. Dr. Berti currently serves as head of policy planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO. 
     
    As part of Newark Academy’s Global Speaker Series, Dr. Bereti will address the entire school from 9:20-10:20 a.m. in the Kirby Gymnasium before participating in breakout sessions with students. Her complete bio can be found here.
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  • John Bul Dau to Present at Global Speaker Series January 16, 2020

    The Newark Academy community is looking forward to welcoming John Bul Dau on Jan. 16 as part of the Global Speaker Series. John Bul Dau (also known as Dhieu-Deng Leek) is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who was featured in the 2006 award-winning documentary God Grew Tired of Us. He is a father and a human rights activist for the people of South Sudan.
     
    As part of Newark Academy’s Global Speaker Series, John will address the Middle School from 9:20-10:20 a.m. in the Middle School Commons before in breakout sessions with students. Upper School students can attend the breakout sessions. John’s complete bio can be found here.
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  • Theresa Flores to Present at Global Speaker Series on October 8, 2019

    Theresa Flores is a survivor of human trafficking. As a 15-year-old girl in a well-to-do white suburban neighborhood, Theresa survived two years being trafficked to men in their 20's and 30's.
     
    Twenty years later, Theresa is speaking out on the reality of human trafficking in the U.S. She is the author of The Slave Across the Street, a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Her new international book, a The Sacred Bath top seller on the UK Sunday Times list, offers a look into her escape from her traffickers and her struggle to heal.
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  • 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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2018-19 Global Speaker Series Committee

Faculty Advisors
Rachel Shapiro Cooper 
Richard DiBianca 
Vanessa Jimenez Gabb
Alexis Romay 
 
Students
Samarth Desu '19
Molly Feldman '19
Zachary Kessel '19
Steven Freidenrich '20
Ian Nazmiyal '20
Jacqueline Taylor '20
 
Parent
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. 

 

Global Speaker Series Faculty Leader

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