The Anacapa Fellowship, established in 2006 through the generosity of two former Thacher parents, invites visiting scholars and artists to contribute to the Thacher community for a few weeks or months at a time. Through formal lectures, casual conversations in the dining hall, small workshops, and unique performances, Anacapa Scholars engage and share ideas with students and faculty alike. Recent scholars include:
Dr. Edward Ayers—Historian, President of the University of Richmond
Nancy Boutilier—Author, Professor at Oberlin College
Phil Condon—Nature Writer
Kiersten Todt Coon—Cyber Security Specialist
Jim Culver—Staff Trainer, National Outdoor Leadership School
A loyal supporter of the school, former U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick Jr. CdeP 1932, along with his wife, Suzanne, established this annual lecture series with a generous donation to the school. Its goal: educate students about the U.S. legal system, jurisprudence, and the public service done by attorneys and judges. Every year brings a new theme, but the judge’s favorite dessert, Eskimo Pie, is always served at the end of the night.
Tom CdeP 1987 and Linda Cole, humanitarian activists
Clarence B. Jones, former advisor and friend of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rena Karefa-Johnson CdeP 2005, law student and activist at Harvard Law School
Enrique Morones, immigration activist and founder of Border Angels
Stephen Nasser, a Holocaust survivor and author of My Brother’s Voice
Dawn Porter, the documentary filmmaker who made Gideon’s Army
Dr. Elyn Saks, USC professor, author, and expert on mental health law
The McCloskey Speaker Series aims to bring high caliber, inspirational resources and speakers with a wide degree of expertise and interests to Thacher and to the Ojai community at large. It was made possible by a 2016 donation from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation that supports the operational costs of the series in perpetuity at Thacher.
Dr. William “Bill” R. Cook, medieval scholar and lecturer
“Adding a visiting scholar to a class challenges the students as well as the teacher to look at things differently. Visiting scholars bring new perspectives, new methods, and additional information that always seem to spark a more interesting student discussion.”
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