Visiting Speakers

The World of Outside Experts is Closer Here

Visiting speakers introduce Episcopal students to a multitude of diverse perspectives, topics, cultures, and people, supporting the School's mission to foster empathy and responsibility, a commitment to spiritual inquiry, and the pursuit of self-discovery.
Below is a sampling of speakers from recent years.

Bishop Marc Andrus
Coach Herman Boone
Mark Bozzuti-Jones
The Biscuit Burners
Benjamin Carson
Danny Coale '07 
Prof. William Cook
The David Wax Museum
The Rev. Zachary P. Drennen '88
The Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Elizabeth Eckert 
Marian Wright Edelman
Bishop Frank Tracy Griswold III
Tim Hightower '04 
Immaculée Ilibagiza
Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm
Dr. Caleb King '77
Wendy Kopp
Father Michael Lapsley 
Rev. Luis León
Congressman John Lewis
Stephen Lewis
Senator John McCain '54
Eric Metaxas
Charlie Pate
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Dana Reeve
Rev. Petero Sabune 
Ambassador Sallama Shaker
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Bob Woodruff
Judy Woodruff

Annual Speaker Programs

List of 7 items.

  • Integrity in Action

    The Integrity in Action lecture and award were created collaboratively by Headmaster Rob Hershey, John Burress ’54, John Walker ’79, and Ed Walker ’85 to recognize and honor former EHS faculty member Allen C. Phillips, whose life epitomizes the highest ideals of honor and integrity, which are at the core of Episcopal High School’s values. Mr. Phillips was a longtime, distinguished faculty member whose devotion to character, integrity, and sacrifice is legendary at Episcopal High School. Mr. Phillips came to Episcopal in 1951 and, with the exception of a two-year stint at St. Albans School, remained at EHS until his retirement in 1994. While at Episcopal he taught English, served as dean of students for 26 years, was faculty advisor to the Honor Committee, and coached football, basketball, and baseball.
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium

    Sponsored by the Office of Community & Equity, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium is a campus-wide initiative to honor Dr. king and celebrate his legacy and ideals. The symposium, which started in 2016 and occurs every January, aims to bring together a variety of voices and perspectives to foster greater awareness of the role Dr. King has played in the lives of all Americans and to facilitate conversations and that moves all of us to work toward true justice in our community and the larger global community of which we are a small part.
  • Portrait in Faith

    Portrait in Faith is an annual program that offers powerful models in Christian faith to Episcopal students in the hope that their lives will be informed, shaped, and inspired by courageous men and women. This companion event to the Theologian in Residence program was established in 1994 by Reginald E. Rutledge ’51 in honor of his wife, the Rev. Fleming Rutledge, and his family members who attended EHS.
  • Theologian-In-Residence

    The Theologian-In-Residence Program was established in 1993 through the generosity of Dick Rutledge '51. The program is designed to provide the EHS students the chance to establish and/or reinforce a foundation of faith to light their path. This program is aimed at inviting Christian preachers, teachers, and theologians to campus to speak to the school community and work with students.
  • Scholar-In-Residence

    The Ben Geer Keys Scholar in Residence Program was established in 1998 by an anonymous donor. The program brings talented scholars and artists to Episcopal High School to work with students.
  • Jay Walker Symposium

    An annual event, the Jay Walker Symposium celebrates John Luther Walker, Jr. '54 and his love of music. Sponsored by Walker 's family and friends, the program brings live concerts to the EHS campus, with guest musicians working with students in class and attending an open session with student musicians. The Walker Symposium is known for bringing prominent musicians to campus. In recent years, symposium guests have included The Biscuit Burners, Black Violin, singer/songwriter Elizabeth Eckert, Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm, Charlie Pate, Coyaba Dance Theater, Christylez Bacon, and Mdou Moctar.
  • Chapel Talks

    At Episcopal, the phrase “chapel talk” refers to a speech given by a student, faculty member, or special guest during Friday chapel. Organized and run by student members of the Vestry, Friday chapel services provide a forum for community members to speak to the School about a topic that has special meaning to them.  These chapel talks can be funny, insightful, challenging, moving, and often deeply personal. Each topic resonates differently with the community, but all leave a lasting impression, one that stays with the listener long after graduation.

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