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

October 17, 2018
Franklin Foer, journalist

December 4, 2018
Daryl Davis, musician and activist

Global Speaker Series News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Daryl Davis to Present at Global Speaker Series on December 4, 2018

    He is not white.  He’s not even light-skinned. 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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  • 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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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. 


Global Speaker Series Faculty Leader

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