Gray Colloquium Speakers
St. Markers, Gray believes “should think in big terms and be inquisitive about the outside world.” Gray, a former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, White House counsel to the first President Bush, and recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, hopes that tackling these topics in an intensive fashion will inspire students to serve their country and the world.
The Gray Colloquium Student Committee generate the theme for the year and offer suggestions for speakers and events. During the year, they offer support when speakers visit, share luncheons with the speakers, introduce the speakers to the whole school, and help arrange student activities around the visits. The Student Committee is comprised of 2-4 students from each form, selected by application.
Interested in speaking to our students on the current topic? Contact Sarah McCann.
Democracy in the 21st Century
Ross Gay, a leading American poet, author, editor, and advocate, was the visiting speaker for the ongoing Gray Colloquium Series at St. Mark's on February 20. The theme of this year's Gray Colloquium is Civil Discourse.
Dr. Christopher Phillips, internationally known author, educator, lecturer on philosophy, and advocate for democracy, was the Gray Colloquium speaker for January 2020. As part of this year's Gray Colloquium theme of "civil discourse," his topic was "Reinventing Democracy."
"I think it's the job of the artist to create work that inspires and uplifts so we can, together, move forward to a future that we create," says Dr. Mark Lomax II. On Thursday, November 7, Dr. Lomax will come to St. Mark's to present portions of 400: An Afrikan Epic, his acclaimed 12-album cycle that tells the story of Black America over the past 400 years.
On Thursday, October 17, the Right Reverend Alan Gates, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, visited St. Mark's. The School, and especially its historic Belmont Chapel, are part of the Diocese as Episcopal institutions, and the bishop formally visits every four years along with celebrating at services of confirmation for members of the St. Mark's community from time to time.