2016 - 2017 Sewickley Series

The Sewickley Series brings authors, speakers, performers, and musicians to Sewickley Academy for the educational benefit and enjoyment of the community. The Series provides artistic and intellectual enrichment, creates a forum for diverse opinions on timely topics, and offers inspiring performances to engage members of our local and school community.

All Sewickley Series events are free and open to the public, and are subject to change.

MAVUNO Festival: An Evening with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell


Sweetwater Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the ToonSeum, invites you to join us for this intimate evening with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, co-authors of March, the New York Times bestselling trilogy of graphic novels. The co-authors will be discussing Congressman Lewis’ role as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and how they transformed his story into this powerful graphic novel series. This ticketed event opens with a cocktail reception and will feature a book signing and lecture by the authors. Admission includes one book from the series.

Sweetwater would like to thank our 2016 Mavuno Partners: Carlow University, the Toonseum, Sewickley Academy, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

October 8, 2016,
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. | 
Sewickley Academy | Rea Auditorium

Cost: $50/person

Call Sweetwater for tickets at 412-741-4405.


Kwame Alexander


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His works include Surf’s Up, a picture book; Booked, a middle grade novel; and He Said, She Said, a young adult novel.

Alexander believes that poetry can change the world and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his Page-to-Stage Writing and Publishing Program released by Scholastic. A regular speaker at schools and conferences in the United States, he also travels the world planting seeds of literary love: Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, and Shanghai. Recently, Alexander led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers as a part of Literacy Empowerment Action Project (LEAP) for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded. In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education’s inaugural Dorothy M. Carter writer-in-residence. The Kwame Alexander Papers, a collection of his writings, correspondence, and other professional and personal documents, is held at The George Washington University’s Gelman Library.

Monday, October 17, 2016
10:00 a.m. | Lower School Students in Rea Auditorium 

Supported in part by the Albert and Bertha Sector Speaker Series Fund in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures 2016-2017 Words & Pictures Series.


Alexis Jones


Alexis Jones
is the founder of the non-profit I AM THAT GIRL, which has over 1 million girls involved and has chapters in more than 52 countries. After years of traveling globally and speaking to 500 thousand plus girls and women, she transitioned into speaking to boys with her most recent ProtectHer program, which she created out of an urgency to address the ever- growing issue of domestic abuse and sexual assault on college campuses. 

Alexis has also hosted a TV show on the red carpet, worked at Fox Sports and ESPN, and appeared on several others shows on CBS, MTV, and TLC. She has spoken at the White House, the United Nations, Harvard, Stanford, NIKE, Pepsi and Dell.

Alexis has been recognized as one of AOL’s MAKERS along with Oprah, Maya Angelou, Ellen, and Sheryl Sandberg. She was highlighted as an Ambassador for L’Oreal’s new STEM initiative, listed as one of Dell’s #Inspire 100 List, Fast Company’s “Female Trailblazers,” ESPN’s “Pop Culture’s Top Ten,” and was recently featured on Oprah’s 2016 Super Soul 100 list.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Noon |Middle and Senior School in Rea Auditorim

Supported in part by the Geller Family Educational Speakers Fund.

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