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Noteworthy Authors Make Impactful Visits to Campus

Noteworthy Authors Make Impactful Visits to Campus

From thought-provoking student workshops to engaging community presentations, this fall featured four compelling author visits.

This fall, Convent & Stuart Hall welcomed a number of distinguished authors to campus. From thought-provoking discussions to engaging presentations, each author’s wisdom enriched the community, fostering a dynamic environment of shared learning and intellectual exploration.

Kevin Maillard
In October, scholar and creative writer Kevin Maillard returned to campus as Convent & Stuart Hall’s first Author in Residence. Mr. Maillard is a Professor of Law at Syracuse University, a contributor to the New York Times and a co-founder of Black Stream Partners LLC. He is the debut author of Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, a picture book illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, which won the Sibert Medal and the American Indian Youth Literature Honor. Mr. Maillard first visited the school on March 29, 2022, as part of the lineup of Cor Unum authors highlighting Native American voices. In his return as Author in Residence, Mr. Millard led a variety of programs that engaged with students K–12, including writing workshops, book readings for younger students and presentations on college application essay writing. Learn more about his work in the library research guide

Dr. Michael Reichert 
Psychologist, researcher and author Dr. Michael Reichert joined Convent & Stuart Hall faculty and parents in the Syufy Theatre on October 4 for a talk about his influential research on the impact and importance of a relational approach to the education and parenting of boys. This visit by Dr. Reichert is the first in a series, as he is set to return in December to continue the conversation on the diverse practical applications of his work and research at Convent & Stuart Hall. Dr. Reichert is the founding director of the School Participatory Action Research Collaborative (SPARC), a research consortium with the mission of mobilizing student insights and voices to improve school culture, policy and practice. He maintains a clinical practice specializing in work with boys, men and their families. In addition to direct patient care, he has served as the supervising psychologist at an independent boys’ school. Dr. Reichert has authored numerous articles and books, including his most recent book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men. His other books include Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Lessons About What Works—and Why and I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners. View photos from his visit here.

Richard Reeves 
On September 6, author Richard Reeves visited campus for a talk about his latest scholarship and research: boys, their well-being and achievement, and the education that best meets their positive growth and development. Richard Reeves is President of the American Institute for Boys and Men, an organization with a mission to raise awareness of the problems of boys and men and advocate for effective solutions. He is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he previously directed the Future of the Middle-Class Initiative and the Center on Children and Families. Faculty members and parents gathered in the Syufy Theatre for his talk, in which he shared his latest research as published in his most recent book, Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It. View photos from his visit here.

Dr. Lisa Damour 
In November, psychologist and author Dr. Lisa Damour led two compelling webinars for Convent & Stuart Hall parents on her New York Times best-selling book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood. The initial session delved into the developmental stages of girls in grades 9–12, while the subsequent session centered on grades 6–8, providing parents with targeted and in-depth insights. Dr. Lisa Damour is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Untangled, Under Pressure, and The Emotional Lives of Teenagers. She co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and is recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Damour is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and CBS News. Dr. Damour serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development.