Lectures at Lovett

We are excited to welcome the following speakers to campus. Many of these events are open to the public, so please plan to join us!

September 15 - Rick Atkinson

In his evening lecture, "World War II: The Ascent of American Character," Pulitzer-Prize winning author and military historian Rick Atkinson will discuss America's role in the war, particularly in the final liberation of Europe, and how the United States grew from a puny combat force with fewer than 200,000 soldiers to a stupendous military and economic powerhouse of more than 16 million in uniform.

Rick Atkinson recently completed The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe, 1944-1945, the final volume of his Liberation Trilogy, a narrative history of the U.S. military’s role in the liberation of Europe in World War II.

Atkinson is also the best-selling author of The Long Gray Line, a narrative saga about the West Point class of 1966, and Crusade, a narrative history of the Persian Gulf War. He also wrote In the Company of Soldiers, an account of his time with General David H. Petraeus and the 101st Airborne Division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Atkinson served as a reporter, foreign correspondent, senior editor, and assistant managing editor for 25 years at the Washington Post. His journalism career began at the Pittsburg (Kansas) Morning Sun in 1976; in 1977, he moved to the Kansas City Times, before going to the Washington Post in 1983. Among other assignments, he served as the Post’s Berlin bureau chief, covering not only Germany and NATO, but also spending considerable time in Somalia and Bosnia.

October 5 - Rosetta Lee

21st Century Cultural Competency: Success on the Playground to College and Beyond
A discussion and audience Q&A moderated by Rosetta Lee, with panelists representing Atlanta businesses and educational institutions, will be held Wednesday, October 5, at 7:00 pm in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater. This event is open to all Lovett parents and guests from area schools.

Rosetta Lee is highly regarded across the country as an expert in the fields of diversity, inclusion, and equity. She has worked with over 90 independent schools across the country, as well as a number of colleges and universities. Rosetta's expertise is strengthened by maintaining a connection to the classroom through collaboration with faculty and teaching. When not on the road, she works at Seattle Girls' School as Outreach Specialist and teacher of middle school science, math, technology, art, ethics, and more.

Panelists will include:
Frank Ski, Radio and TV Personality
Frank McCloskey, retired Vice President of Diversity, Georgia Power
Cheryl Cofield, Director of Culture, Engagement, & Inclusion, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tony Lamair Burks II, Interim Executive Director, SBAN / TCPI (Teacher of Color Preparatory Institute)
Katie Bayne, Senior Vice President, Global Sparkling Brands, Coca-Cola

October 13 - Former Senators Saxby Chambliss and Wyche Fowler

Former Senators Saxby Chambliss and Wyche Fowler will participate in a discussion led by Moderator Rick Allen (author of Secret Formula, A History of Coke) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 13.

Saxby Chambliss served in the U.S. Senate for two terms and, before that, served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.During his tenure in the Senate, he served as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Senate Rules Committee; and his leadership and experience on homeland security and intelligence matters earned him an appointment to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he served as vice chairman from 2011 to 2014, advocating for dramatically improved information sharing and human-intelligence-gathering capabilities. His previous role as chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security made him one of the leading congressional experts on those issues.

During the 109th Congress, Mr. Chambliss served as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and is the only senator since 1947 to have chaired a full standing Senate committee after serving in the chamber for just two years. He served as ranking member of the Agriculture Committee during the 110th and 111th Congresses. Mr. Chambliss was first elected to Congress to represent Georgia's 8th District in 1994. 

Mr. Chambliss also served as the co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus and the Senate Reserve Caucus, and as a member of the Senate Rural Health Caucus, the Juvenile Diabetes Caucus, the Caucus on Military Depots, Arsenals and Ammunition Plants, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.

Senator Wyche Fowler, Jr. was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on August 10, 1996. He arrived in the Kingdom on August 28, 1996, to begin his service as President Clinton’s emissary. Upon the completion of his mission, almost five years later in April 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation awarded him its highest civilian honor, the Jefferson Cup, for his assistance in combating terrorism and for helping solve the terrorism crimes against our military in Saudi Arabia.

Senator Fowler served for sixteen years in the U.S. Congress. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, he served as Assistant Floor Leader, helping mold a bipartisan consensus for major public policy issues. Before his election to Congress, Mr. Fowler practiced law in Atlanta for eight years and was elected at age 29 to the Atlanta City Council. He was selected president of the Council four years later and served in that capacity until his election to the U.S. Congress in 1977.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Fowler received his B.A. in English from Davidson College in 1962 and a J.D. from Emory University in 1969. He holds honorary degrees from Hofstra University, Davidson College, and Morris Brown College.

In recent years, Mr. Fowler has returned to the classroom, enjoying teaching at the University of Georgia Law School, Trinity College in Oxford, England, and now approaching his fifth year at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Mr. Fowler also serves on a number of corporate boards, including Brandywine Realty Trust, Shubert Theatres, and Ziopharm, Inc. Mr. Fowler is Chair Emeritus of the Middle East Institute, a nonprofit research foundation in Washington, D.C. 

November 15 - Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien will speak at Lovett on Tuesday, November 15, at 7:30 pm in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater. He is the author of The Things They Carried, an award-winning novel about a platoon of U.S. solders in the Vietnam war. The book has been part of the American Studies curriculum at Lovett for 15 years and is one of the most commonly read books in American high schools today.

In 2005, The Things They Carried was named by The New York Times as one of the twenty-two best books of the last quarter century. It received the Chicago TribuneHeartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The title story from The Things They Carriedreceived the National Magazine Award and was selected by John Updike for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In 2010, O'Brien received the Katherine Anne Porter Award, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a distinguished lifetime body of work. In November 2012, O'Brien received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. In 2013, O'Brien received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Pritzker Military Library. O'Brien's short fiction has appeared in The New YorkerAtlanticEsquirePlayboyHarper's, and numerous editions of The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories. His novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages. 

O'Brien's visit is part of an annual speaker series, the Smith-Stevens Writer in Residence, which has been part of Lovett for more than 20 years.

January 24 - Tom Douglas '71

Country music songwriter Tom Douglas '71 will be the 2017 Founder's Chapel guest speaker. Founder's Chapel will be held on Tuesday, January 24, at 8:30 am in Wallace Gymnasium.

February 17 - Black History Month Panel Discussion

Black History Month Panel Discussion

Friday, February 17, 2017
Hendrix-Chenault Theater
6:30 pm 

Spend an evening listening to a thought-provoking panel discussion, "Building King's Beloved Community," with Valerie Jackson, Martin Luther King III, and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner (Ret.), moderated by Lovett’s Billy Peebles. 

April 5 - Jonathan Sandys

Jonathan Sandys, a great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, is an international public speaker on Churchill's life, legacy, and leadership skills. He will be interviewed by Glen Jackson, Lovett Class of 1981, about the role Churchill's spiritual beliefs played in his leadership on the world stage, especially during the Second World War, and what he believed about God. The conversation will offer a new perspective on the personal, political and spiritual path of one of twentieth century's most luminous figures. The event will be held Wednesday, April 5, at 7:00 pm in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater.


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