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—cybersecurity specialist
Jim Culver—staff trainer, National Outdoor Leadership School
The Orrick Lecture Series, established in 2005, was made possible by a generous donation from Suzanne Orrick in memory of her late husband, former U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick Jr. CdeP 1932. Judge Orrick had been a longstanding and loyal devotee and supporter of the School throughout his life. The lecture series named in his honor aims to educate students about the U.S. legal system, jurisprudence, and the public service done by attorneys and judges so that they may serve their communities and make a difference in the world after their time at Thacher. Every year brings a new theme, but the judge’s favorite ice cream bar 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, former law student and activist at Harvard Law School and attorney working on criminal justice reform
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
Kim Turner CdeP 1998, nonprofit attorney working on gender and LGBTQ equity cases
Tim Wise, anti-racism activist, writer, and speaker
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
Troy Carter, talent manager and founder/CEO of Atom Factory
“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.”