Day and Boarding; Grades 6-12



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

Taylor Mali is a poet and educator who has been teaching spoken word workshops all over the world since 2000.
Minister Nyle Fort

Taylor Mali

Poet and Educator

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

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Author Martha Southgate

Martha Southgate


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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Zoologist Niall McCann

Niall McCann


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

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Poet Mark Doty

Mark Doty

Poet and Memoirist

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

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Author Loung Ung

Loung Ung


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

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Author Carson Kressley

Carson Kressley

Fashion Designer and Author

Past Crane Lecturers


Nyle Fort
Minister and scholar


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


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


Philip Schultz
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and educator

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

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

Dikembe Mutombo
Philanthropist, former NBA star

Martin Doblmeier
Filmmaker; screening of The Power of Forgiveness

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

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

Jean-David Levitte
Ambassador of France to the United States

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

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 Your reservation is not guaranteed until you receive a reply email with confirmation.