Academics

Speaker Series

Emma Willard School Speaker Series

The Speaker Series seeks to expand each student’s understanding of the complexities of engaging in the world. Each year, the Speaker Series adopts an essential question to guide the events and experiences that will make up the series that year.

The 2022 Speaker Series Essential Question is, "How do journeys shape us?"  



Upcoming Events

Sandglass Theater

October 13-15, 2021
Sandglass Theatre is dedicated to the arts of theater and puppetry as means of exploring contemporary issues, inspiring dialogue, and sparking wonder — by creating original ensemble performances and collaborations, presenting diverse theater artists, producing events that serve our communities, and teaching our art. Sandglass will present Babylon: Journey of Refugees virtually for the Emma Willard School community and the Capital Region, as well as three interactive workshops on the refugee journey for Emma Willard School.

Dawn Riley and Maiden

March 2022 TBD
Sony Classic Pictures documentary of the first-ever all-woman sailboat crew challenge to the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race on their yacht, Maiden. Dawn Riley was the only American on Maiden and served as watch captain, driver, and engineer. As Watch Captain on Maiden, she and her co-captain Michèle Paret traded shifts on deck command while Skipper Tracy Edwards typically focused on strategy and navigation. Dawn’s physical strength also served her as Driver and Engineer. Dawn is a television commentator and experienced public speaker, on topics ranging from entertaining adventure stories to motivational seminars in team building and personal success Most recently, Dawn created and runs Oakcliff Sailing Center, a unique training and coaching center that is “Building American Leaders through Sailing.”

Read more about Dawn on her website.

Kip Wilson '86

April 12, 2022
Author and Emma graduate Kip Wilson will return to campus on April 12, 2022 to share her experience as an author. Kip Wilson is the author of White Rose (2019, HMH/Versify), a critically-acclaimed YA novel-in-verse about anti-Nazi political activist Sophie Scholl. White Rose was a PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award winner, a Massachusetts Book Honor title, an Amelia Elizabeth Walden finalist, and the Malka Penn Award winner for Human Rights in Children’s Literature. Kip holds a Ph.D. in German Literature and was the Poetry Editor at Young Adult Review Network (YARN) for five years before joining Voyage as an Associate Editor in 2020. Her next YA novel-in-verse, The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin, is forthcoming from HMH/Versify in March 2022. 
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