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. 

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Andrew Mwenda

Global Speaker Series News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Andrew Mwenda to present at Global Speaker Series on January 19

    Andrew Mwenda is a print, radio and television journalist, and an active critic of many forms of Western aid to Africa. Too much of the aid from rich nations, he says, goes to the worst African countries to fuel war and government abuse. Such money not only never gets to its intended recipients, Africa's truly needy -- it actively plays a part in making their lives worse.
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  • Robyn Gigl to Present at Global Speaker Series on October 5

    Robyn Gigl is a partner at Gluck Walrath, LLP in Trenton, New Jersey. Her practice involves handling complex litigation including employment law and commercial litigation. She is a nationally recognized speaker on legal issues impacting transgender individuals and has written numerous articles on the subject. Robyn has been selected since 2010 as a New Jersey Super Lawyer. She is a graduate of Stonehill College, and Villanova University School of Law where she was a Member of the Villanova Law Review. Robyn is the first Global Speaker of the Series and will give a presentation on October 5. Click here for more information on Robyn.
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  • Dr. Margaret Cuomo to Present at Global Speaker Series on March 28

    Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. is a board certified radiologist, teaching professional, and national advocate for the prevention of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Cuomo is the fourth Global Speaker of the Series and will give a presentation on March 28, 2017.
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  • Paquito D'Rivera to Present at Global Speaker Series on February 8

    Clarinetist, Saxophonist, composer Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. A child prodigy, he studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music. He has performed with major symphony orchestras throughout the world and has received numerous commissions. Mr. D'Rivera is the third Global Speaker of the Series and will give a presentation on February 8, 2017. 
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  • Jianying Zha to Present at Global Speaker Series on November 16

    Jianying Zha, a Chinese-American journalist and non-fiction writer, is the second Global Speaker of the series and will give a presentation on November 16, 2016, entitled, "An Insider's View of China's Current Sociopolitical Landscape."
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2016-17 Global Speaker Series Committee

Faculty Advisors
Alexis Romay, Director
Richard DiBianca
Vanessa Jimenez Gabb
Rayna Lifson
Debra Ronan
Zachary Kessel ’19
Molly Feldman '19
Samarth Desu ’19
Siddarth Tumu '18
Tess Ostroff ’18
Samantha Kany ’18
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

List of 1 members.

  • Alexis Romay 

    University of Havana - B.A.
    City University of New York - M.A.