Photographer John Willis Presents 4th Annual Arts Lecture

Tuesday, April 25th , at 2:30pm

Oakwood Friends School welcomed Professor John Willis of Marlboro College to present the 4th art lecture in our annual series. In keeping with Professor Willis’ advocacy for service learning, the event was part of our Spring Earthshare Day. Professor Willis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. While doing documentary photography in nursing homes as a graduate student, he began teaching photography where he was photographing and volunteering. That experience was the beginning of a long on-going process of teaching and doing collaborative service in community based situations. He became a full-time professor at Marlboro in 1997. He has taught at a large variety of schools including Harvard, Princeton, R.I.S.D., The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and more, as well as non-traditional settings, such as community based programs, nursing homes, and orphanages in Cambodia. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and his work is included in permanent museum collections across the country. Special thanks to Marsha and Jonathan Talbot for their on-going support of this lecture series.


Joe Jankovsky presents Herzog Lecture on Innovation

Friday, April 28th, at 10:30am

Joseph Jankovsky, Senior Research Engineer at Bose Corporation, presented at Oakwood’s annual Herzog Lecture, in the Meeting Room. Joe’s topic was Calculating Innovation: Math, Multipliers and the Long Creative Road to Innovation. After completing degrees in Music and Engineering at Swarthmore College in 1993, Joe Jankovsky completed his Masters and PhD at Yale University in 2000. His thesis, which studied the dynamics of surfactant-coated liquid drops in microgravity, was flown aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1995. He was an Office of Naval Research post-doctoral fellow, studying the acoustics of bubble clouds at Boston University. Since joining Bose in 2001, Joe’s contributions have primarily been in the area of physical acoustics where he holds several patents. His current interest is in the area of autonomous vehicles. Now in its 18th year, the Herzog Lecture was established by Daniel Herzog ’70 in memory of his father, Dr. Hershel Herzog, a distinguished chemist and pharmaceutical executive who was instrumental in developing several popular antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drugs. In keeping with a science and technology theme, the series has brought speakers from many fields to speak to our school community, bringing science inquiry to life and encouraging our students to consider career paths in science.


Journalist Juan Williams ’72 Returns to Oakwood

Tuesday, May 2nd, at 2:30pm

Nationally known journalist, author, political analyst and regular panelist on the Fox News Channel, alumnus Juan Williams returned to Oakwood Friends School to present the Caroline “Dash” Davis Gleiter ‘51 Lecture on Social Justice. Juan Williams was born in Colon, Panama, and attended public schools in Brooklyn, New York, before coming to Oakwood. After graduation in 1972, he attended Haverford College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1976. He began his career in journalism as an intern and general assignment reporter for The Washington Post, becoming a national correspondent covering political and social issues during his 23 years at the paper. During this time, he won numerous awards, including an Emmy for TV documentary writing. Juan joined National Public Radio where he hosted “Talk of the Nation” and covered major stories on politics and race as a senior correspondent and political analyst for ten years. He was also a contributor to Fox News Channel since 1997 and is currently a co-host of FNC’s “The Five” and a regular panelist on “Fox News Sunday” and “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

The author of six books including the best seller, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965” and the critically acclaimed biography “Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary,” Juan Williams has received many awards for his writing and investigative journalism. He has interviewed numerous influential people including five presidents: Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama. Many colleges and universities have recognized his work by awarding him Honorary Doctorates.

Now in its 13th year, this lecture series was established by classmates in memory of Dash Davis Gleiter in recognition of her work in civil rights and her lifetime of volunteer activities to promote social justice.

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