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With a reputation for excellence and educating tomorrow’s leaders, we strive to broaden our scope and explore a variety of highly relevant and fascinating topics as we introduce our students, families, and community to others who are leaders in their respective fields. Sewickley Academy is pleased to welcome the following guests to campus during our 2022-23 Speaker Series:

Eisenhower Institute Speakers: After a successful turnout last April on the topic of “Internal and External National Security Challenges,” SA has once again invited speakers from the U.S. Army War College’s Eisenhower Series College Program to our campus. This year’s group of speakers include, from the U.S. Army, Lieutenant Colonels Marion Thomas (Artillery) and Tamisha Norris (Information Operations), Lieutenant Colonel Chris Power of the U.S. Army National Guard (Military Police), and Colonel Steinar Dahl of the Norwegian Army (Infantry). Their discussion will feature a variety of topics such as climate change, Russia/Ukraine, military strategy in the information environment, and the role of the National Guard in civil unrest. 
 
For more than 50 years, The Eisenhower Institute Speakers has consisted of a joint cohort of military officers and national security professionals who travel the nation to introduce War College students to audiences that may have little direct knowledge of the military. Their goal is to have reasoned and thoughtful discussions with the society they serve and protect. The hallmark of the Eisenhower Series is the candid exchange between the experienced military officers and the members of the audience.
  • When: All members of the SA community as well as the general public are invited to this session on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. 
  • Where: Gregg Theater
  • Tickets: There is no cost to attend. Seating will be first-come, first-serve and reservations are recommended.
  • Additional: A same-day afternoon session will be held specifically for students in SA’s Senior School.
     
    Pittsburgh CLO Gallery of Heroes: A cast from Pittsburgh’s CLO will bring a performance of “Hero: The Boy from Troy” to campus for the enjoyment and education of our students and community. Based on the book by Nambi E. Kelly, and music and lyrics by Joe Plummer, the story shares the life of John Lewis, a boy from Troy, Alabama, who learns to own, define, and pursue his life’s dream as he discovers the fear with which Black Americans live and what can be done about it. 

    Funded by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, Massey Charitable Trust, and other organizations, Pittsburgh CLO’s Gallery of Heroes program travels to area schools to educate and enlighten students about the lives and accomplishments of significant historical figures through 50-minute, mini-musicals. 
    • When: All members of the SA community and students in Grades 3-8 are invited to a performance of “Hero: The Boy from Troy” (the story of young John Lewis) at Noon on Friday, February 3, 2023, immediately followed by a brief audience question and answer session with the actors.
    • Where: Rea Auditorium
    • Tickets: There is no cost to attend. Seating will be first-come, first-serve and reservations are recommended.

    Rosetta Lee: Since 2004, Rosetta has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools. She has also worked with over 200 K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as a number of colleges and universities. She has served on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute for several years, as well as NAIS' diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action.
     
    Rosetta is both a faculty member and professional outreach specialist with the Seattle Girls’ School. She teaches subjects such as science, math, technology, art, ethics, and more. She also designs and delivers training sessions for all constituencies of the school community, as well as the local and national educational and nonprofit sectors.

    • When: Parents and students from all grades are invited to a reception with Ms. Lee on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 6 pm in the lobby of Rea Auditorium, followed by her presentation at 6:30 pm.
    • Where: Rea Auditorium
    • Tickets: There is no cost to attend. Seating will be first-come, first-serve and reservations are recommended.
    • Additional: Ms. Lee is hosting multiple sessions, including one for SA faculty and staff, another uniquely for Senior School students, and other meetings with various student groups as well as administrators, faculty, and staff during her two-day visit to SA. 
     
    Sam Mihara: Winner of the 2022 Japanese American of the Biennium Award for Education and Humanities, Sam Mihara was nine years old in 1942 when he became one of the 120,000 Japanese Americans forced, via FDR’s “Executive Order 9066,” to abandon their homes and move into prison camps. Now a national lecturer and author, he will speak on the topic of mass imprisonment and the contemporary relevance of his experience and those like him during World War II. 
    • When: Faculty, staff, parents, and students in Grades 6 - 12 are invited to Mr. Mihara’s keynote address on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 9 - 10 am. 
    • Where: Rea Auditorium
    • Tickets: There is no cost to attend. Seating will be first-come, first-serve and reservations are recommended.
    • Additional: Mr. Mihara is hosting Q&A sessions for Senior School students at 10:15 am and for Middle School students at 11:15 am. 
     
    Jeff Selingo: Author of three New York Times best sellers, Jeff’s latest book is Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, which takes readers on a journey through the selection process from inside three admissions offices, revealing what really matters to the gatekeepers and how the ultimate decision is often based on a college’s priorities.
     
    As both an observer of higher education and an insider with an academic appointment at Arizona State University, one of the largest universities in the country, Jeff occupies a unique position to explain the intersection between work, life, and learning. He writes regularly for The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, he writes a bi-weekly newsletter on all things higher ed called Next, and co-hosts the podcast, FutureU.

    • When: Parents, faculty, staff, and students from all grades are invited to a reception with Mr. Selingo on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 6 pm in the lobby of Rea Auditorium, followed by his presentation at 6:30 pm.
    • Where: Rea Auditorium – includes introduction from Mr. Selingo, fireside chat, and Q&A session.
    • Tickets: There is no cost to attend. Seats should be reserved in advance.
    • Additional: Mr. Selingo is graciously offering a same-day afternoon session specifically for SA’s College Counseling Office and Academy administrators.