2015 - 2016 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.

Hèctor Tobar

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and expert on Latin America, Héctor Tobar was chosen to tell the riveting story of 33 trapped Chilean miners. Deep Down Dark details their horrific experiences within a rich political, economic, and cultural context.
Tobar was part of the Los Angeles Times team that won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize “for balanced, comprehensive, penetrating coverage under deadline pressure of the second, most destructive day of the Los Angeles riots.” In 2005, he wrote Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States. In 2006, Tobar was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine.

Monday, September 21, 2015
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM; Middle School in Rea Auditorium
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM; Senior School in Rea Auditorium
Supported in part by the Albert and Bertha Sector Speaker Series Fund.

Josh Sundquist

Josh Sundquist is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, and Paralympic ski racer. He has spoken across the world to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools to the White House.
At age nine, Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and given a 50 percent chance to live. He spent a year on chemotherapy treatments and his left leg was amputated. Doctors declared Josh cured of the disease at age 13, and he took up ski racing three years later. He trained for the next six years, and in 2006 he was named to the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team for the 2006 Paralympics in Torino, Italy.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM; Grades 4 – 6 in Rea Auditorium
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM; Senior School in Rea Auditorium

See Josh in action. Check out his videos
Supported in part by the Geller Family Educational Speakers Fund.

I’m Not Racist…Am I?

I'm Not Racist...Am I? is a feature documentary following a diverse group of teens through a yearlong exploration to get at the heart of racism. Through some tense and painful moments, we see how these difficult conversations affect their relationships with friends and parents, and ultimately challenge them to look deep within themselves.
By the end of their time together, we’ll see these remarkable young people develop deeper bonds, a stronger resolve, and a bigger, more significant definition of racism than any of us ever imagined.

Immediately following the screening, Director Catherine Wigginton Greene will facilitate a discussion and Q&A about the film. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM in Rea Auditorium

Ian Rosenberger

Ian founded both Team Tassy and Thread in 2010 in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. Team Tassy places the poor into jobs, while Thread takes trash from poor neighborhoods and turns it into fabric. The fabric is then sold to apparel and accessories brands striving to be more authentic, transparent, and responsible. Both organizations work in a quest to end multi-dimensional poverty. To date, Team Tassy has engaged almost 300 Haitians, preparing them and their families for employment. Thread has shipped nearly 2 million pounds of recycled plastic out of Haiti and Honduras to be processed into fabric and eventually turned into finished goods and jobs for Team Tassy families.

Ian is a 2013 Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership Awardee, and a 2013 Dignity and Respect Champion. He has spoken about Thread and Team Tassy’s work for TEDx and One Young World, and his work has been featured in numerous publications and on CNN. In 2005, he placed third on CBS: Survivor Palau. Ian is an ultramarathoner, running 230 miles across Haiti in an effort to raise over $85,000 for Team Tassy in February 2015.

Friday, April 1, 2016

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM; Grades 4 - 8 in Rea Auditorium
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM; Senior School in Rea Auditorium

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