Distinguished Speakers & artists series

2017-18 School Year Series

Our Distinguished Speaker Series continues to bring stimulating programs with a wide range of engaging speakers. The list of speakers visiting Penn Charter in the first half of this academic year appears below. We welcome and seek to accommodate alumni, parents and friends who have an interest in attending a particular presentation. Please call our receptionist (215-844-3460) in advance to confirm space, dates and times.

September 15
Adam F. Goldberg OPC '94

Adam F. Goldberg is the creator and showrunner of the popular sitcom The Goldbergs, which will begin its fifth season on ABC this fall. The show is based off Goldberg’s experiences as a high school student at Penn Charter. His career as a writer can be traced all the way back to PC, where he won the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival at age 15. From Penn Charter, Goldberg went on to study film and writing at New York University, graduating in 1998. He got his start writing for the comedy series Still Standing in 2003 and also co-created and executive produced the show Breaking In, which aired on Fox from 2011-12. In addition to his television work, Goldberg has also written for films and theatre, and his many plays have been performed at The Walnut Street Theatre, the Sundance Playwrights Lab, the Illusion Theatre, The Greenwich Street Theatre and Saint Marks Theatre, the Tada! Theatre and Joseph Papp Theatre, among others. PC visit: Middle and Upper School Assembly

October 2
Patty Wipfler

Patty Wipfler founded the non-profit Parents Leadership Institute in 1989, now Hand in Hand Parenting. The focus of Wipfler’s work has been teaching listening and leadership skills to parents. As the founder and director of Hand in Hand Parenting, Wipfler is a writer, speaker and trainer of parent leaders. As director of Hand in Hand, she authored the Listening to Children series and more than 60 articles on the benefits of this type of parenting. Hand in Hand has sold more than 800,000 copies of Listening to Children (now published as Parenting by Connection) in English, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. Wipfler directed The School, a non-profit parent co-operative preschool in Palo Alto, California, and also directed the Neighborhood Infant Toddler Center in Palo Alto. She is the leader of more than 400 parenting workshops and has served as a keynote speaker at Association for the Education of Young Children conventions in Philadelphia and Chicago. PC visit: Penn Charter parents

October 6
Mahzarin Banaji

Since 2002, Mahzarin Banaji has served as Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University’s Department of Psychology. She also serves as the first Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, as well as the George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Chair in Human Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute. The recipient of the Carol and Ed Diener Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Psychology, Banaji is the co-author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, published with Anthony Greenwald in 2013. Banaji primarily studies feeling and thinking as they unfold in social settings, focusing on mental systems in implicit or unconscious mode. Banaji’s current research centers on the origins of social cognition to improve decisions and organizational policies. Prior to her time at Harvard, Banaji was a professor of psychology at Yale University from 1986-2002. PC visit: Lower, Middle and Upper School faculty

October 6
Lee Mun Wah

Lee Mun Wah is a Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, educator, community therapist and master of diversity training. He was a counselor and resource specialist in the San Francisco United School District for more than 25 years before transitioning to a consultant for private schools with a focus on children with learning and behavioral issues. Now he serves as Executive Director of Stirfry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training organization that offers educational resources and related workshops. In 1995, Mun Wah’s life and career was turned into a one-hour special by Oprah Winfrey, seen by more than 15 million viewers worldwide. PC visit: Lower, Middle and Upper School faculty

November 8
Gyasi Ross

Gyasi Ross is an author, lawyer, musician, television personality and Native American activist. He comes from the Blackfeet Nation and is a resident of the Port Madison Indian Reservation near Seattle, Wash. Ross regularly offers his wisdom to print and online publications, as well as television and radio programs, on topics including politics, sports, pop culture and their intersection with Native American culture. Ross is the author of Don’t Know Much About Indians (But I Wrote a Book About Us Anyway), published in 2011, and How to Say I Love You in Indian in 2014. He’s appeared as a guest on MSNBC and ESPN, his written work has appeared in Deadspin, Gawker and the Huffington Post, and he hosts a weekly podcast, Breakdances with Wolves – Indigenous Pirate Radio, which is available on Soundcloud and iTunes. PC visit: Full day on campus (assemblies, parent sessions, class visits) with Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.


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