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          Visiting Scholars Program

          Each year, distinguished scholars, artists, lecturers, and teachers are brought to campus to enhance the school’s program and give boys exposure to other perspectives, ideas, and experiences. Funding comes to St. Mark’s from the Robert E. Dennard Visiting Scholars Program, The Willard E. Walker, Jr ’66 Visiting Scholar Program, and the Green-McDermott Guest Lecture Fund. Notable authors, lecturers, historians, scientists, business leaders, artists, and others share their knowledge, experience, and insight with the students as they lecture, perform, and visit classes. Guest lecturers bring a variety of interesting topics to campus in an effort to enrich and broaden the education of our boys.

          Robert E. Dennard Visiting Scholar for 2019–2020
          David Shoemaker
          Astronomer and Astrophysicist

          David Shoemaker is the Director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Lab at MIT and the Leader of the Advanced LIGO Project to build the detectors used in the discovery of gravitational waves. First working in the domain of Cosmic Microwave Background on the COBE satellite, he earned degrees in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Université de Paris. He has testified before Congress on the LIGO effort and how it is expected to benefit science and innovation in the future, and he is an advocate for scientific exploration. Shoemaker is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. David is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and is now working to enable third-generation approaches to better gravitational-wave detector sensitivity and supporting efforts to put detectors in space.


          Willard E. Walker, Jr. ’66 Visiting Scholar for 2019–2020
          Bryan Mealer
          Bestselling Author & Journalist
           
          Bryan Mealer is the author of The Kings of Big Spring, Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind — written with William Kamkwamba — which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. The book was recently adapted into a Netflix film directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. Bryan is also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicles his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Associated Press and Harper’s. His other work has appeared in Texas Monthly, Esquire, The Guardian, and The New York Times.

          Past Guests

          2019–2020
          David Shoemaker ~ Astronomer and Astrophysicist
          Bryan Mealer ~ Bestselling Author & Journalist

          2018–2019

          James Prosek ~ Artist, writer, and naturalist
          Ruta Sepetys ~ Bestselling author of historical fiction

          2017–2018
          Robert Edsel ’75 ~ Bestselling author and historian
          Grace Lin ~ Children's Author and Illustrator

          2016–2017
          Casey Sherman ~ Bestselling author, screenwriter, and storyteller
          Dr. Alex McDonald ~ Pianist

          2015–2016
          Eugene Yelchin ~ Award-winning artist, author, and children’s book illustrator
          Mr. Carl Zimmer ~ Science Writer & Blogger

          2014–2015
          Dr. Harold Tanner ~ History Professor & World Traveler
          James O’Donnell ~ Organist and Master of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey

          2013–2014
          Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky ~ Biologist, Neuroscientist, Writer, and Stress Expert
          Celebration Jazz Orchestra ~ Musical Group

          2012–2013
          Billy Collins ~ Former U.S. Poet Laureate
          Dr. Wade Davis ~ Ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker

          2011–2012
          Dr. Andrea Bertozzi ~ Applied Mathematician
          Dr. David Gonzalez ~ Latin Storyteller

          2010–2011
          Robin Wiszowaty ~ Kenya Program Director, Free The Children
          Craig Kielburger ~ Founder & Chair, Free The Children
          Rob Kapilow ~ Conductor/Composer

          2009–2010
          Dr. Spencer Wells ~ Population Geneticist
          Dr. Charles Kimball ~ Director of Religious Studies, University of Oklahoma
          Jeffery Davis ~ Poet & Creative Writing Coach

          2008–2009
          Dr. Mark Moffett ~ Ecologist & National Geographic Photographer
          Alma Guillermoprieto ~ Latin American Journalist
          Dr. H.W. Brands ~ Professor of American History, UT

          2007–2008
          Cedza Dlamini ~ Social Developer in Africa
          The N’Awlins Gumbo Kings ~ Jazz Musicians
          Janet Wallach ~ President, Seeds of Peace

          2006–2007
          Dr. Alan Stern ’75 ~ Planetary Scientist
          Naomi Shiham Nye ~ Poet, Essayist, and Teacher
          Dr. Louise Leakey ~ Paleoanthropologist

          2005–2006
          James McLurkin ~ Roboticist
          Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt ~ Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies
          Dr. Francisco Jimenez ~ Writer & Professor of Mexican-American Literature

          2004–2005
          Gus Lee ~ Author & Ethicist
          Jonathan Holloway & Raul Ramos ~ Yale Race Relations Professors
          David H. Levy ~ Science Editor, Parade Magazine; Co-Discoverer of Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet

          2003–2004
          Tim Severin ~ Explorer & Writer
          Charles Duff ~ Shakespearean Actor & Director
          Wade Davis ~ Anthropologist, Ethnobotanist & Explorer

          St. Mark’s School of Texas

          10600 Preston Road
          Dallas, Texas 75230

          214-346-8000

          About Us

          St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

          St. Mark’s does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

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