Who’s speaking at assembly this winter?

An eclectic and accomplished collection of writers, educators and alumni set to address assembly this term. 

December 9, 2020
Vanessa Friedman, Casey Gerald, Elizabeth Acevedo and Sheryl WuDunn

Storytellers abound as Exeter welcomes a vibrant and diverse group of guest speakers as part of the winter assembly lineup. This term’s programming includes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn; Vanessa Friedman ’85, fashion director at The New York Times; and Stanford professor Sam Wineburg, author of “Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone),” among others. 

In conjunction with the Academy’s ongoing celebration of 50 years of coeducation, the Feb. 23 assembly will feature prominent voices from Exeter’s past and present as part of the “Her Voice in Athletics” panel presentation. 

In adherence with COVID-19 protocols, assemblies will be presented remotely via Zoom webinar. The twice-weekly event takes place Tuesdays from 10:50 to 11:35 a.m. and Fridays from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

The program kicked off Dec. 8 with Paul Tran, poetry editor at The Offing magazine. A full list of presenters can be found below. 

Dec. 8: Paul Tran, poet and poetry editor at The Offing magazine.

Dec. 15: J.D. Slajchert ’14, novelist and director of relationship development for The Lucstrong Foundation.

Dec. 18: Sam Wineburg, head of the Stanford History Education Group and author.

Jan. 5: David Moloney, author, “Barker House.” 

Jan. 12: Anthony Ocampo, assistant professor of sociology at Cal Poly and author.

Jan. 26: Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and business executive.

Jan. 29: Paul Pouliout and Denise Pouliout of the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective.

Feb. 16: Deborah Berke, architect and dean of the Yale School of Architecture. 

Feb. 23: “Her Voice in Athletics” panel presentation.

March 2: Casey Gerald, author, “There Will Be No Miracles Here.”

March 9: Elizabeth Acevedo, author, “The Poet X.”

March 16: Vanessa Friedman ‘85, Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic at The New York Times.