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Stephen Crane Lecture Series

The Stephen Crane Lecture Series has a long tradition at The Pennington School. It commemorates the author of The Red Badge of Courage, who was a student at Pennington in the 1880s and whose father was headmaster of the School from 1849 to 1858. The series invites prominent authors, artists, or public figures to speak or perform on the campus.

2016–17 Speakers

Loung Ung is a Cambodian refugee and the author of First They Killed My Father.

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Loung Ung

Author

Martha Southgate is the author of four novels. Her newest, The Taste of Salt, was published in September 2011.

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Martha Southgate

Author

Niall McCann is actively involved with ongoing conservation projects in Honduras, Nepal, and Guyana, and is the host of the award-winning wildlife adventure series, “Biggest and Baddest."

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Niall McCann

Zoologist

Mark Doty is the award-winning author of nine books of poetry and three memoirs.

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Mark Doty

Poet and Memoirist

Nyle Fort, a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, is a minister and an activist for social justice.

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Nyle Fort

Minister and Scholar

Carson Kressley is an Emmy Award-winning television personality, designer, and author.

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Carson Kressley

Fashion Designer and Author

Past Crane Lecturers

2016

Haider Hamza
Iraqi war photojournalist and peace activist

Geshe Pema Dorjee
Humanitarian, scholar, and teacher (lama) of Tibetan Buddhism

Matika Wilbur
Swinomish/Tulalip photographer and social documentarian

2015

Dr. Prabhjot Singh
Director, Arnhold Institute for Global Health

Arun Gandhi
Grandson of Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi

Dr. Kevin Bales
Scholar/activist on contemporary slavery

Dr. Daniel R. Porterfield
President of Franklin and Marshall College

2014

Philip Schultz
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and educator

2012
David Hale
U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace

2012
Rudy Boschwitz 47
Former U.S. Senator, emissary who negotiated Operation Solomon

2010
Dikembe Mutombo
Philanthropist, former NBA star

2009
Martin Doblmeier
Filmmaker; screening of The Power of Forgiveness

2008
Paul Winter Consort
Performance, with Pennington Chorus, of Missa Gaia

2007
James M. McPherson
Pulitzer-Prize-winning Civil War historian

2006
Jean-David Levitte
Ambassador of France to the United States

2003
James McBride
Author, The Color of Water; composer; and saxophonist

2002
Herman Boone
Noted football coach portrayed in Remember the Titans


Most Crane lectures are required events for all students, with limited seating available to the general public. To reserve seating, please email events@pennington.org. Your reservation is not guaranteed until you receive a reply email with confirmation.