An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Lakeside Lecture Series

The 2020-2021 Lakeside Lecture Series will not include evening events for the larger Lakeside community. We look forward to offering evening lectures again in the 2021-2022 school year.

The Lakeside Lecture Series brings speakers of national renown and from diverse backgrounds to Lakeside’s campus to expose Lakeside students to differing perspectives on a range of topics. A goal of the series is to foster open and inclusive dialogue in order to learn about the world and about each other.

Speakers address students during the day, both at assemblies and in smaller groups, and speak to the larger Lakeside community in the evening.

Lakeside School alumni, parents and guardians, students, and faculty and staff are invited to attend evening lectures. Lectures are free of charge, and RSVPs are appreciated. When possible, we post videos of each evening event.

Speakers are selected by a speaker selection committee that includes 11 members drawn from the faculty, staff, parents/guardians, alumni, students, and trustees. The committee is happy to receive suggestions for future speakers. Email the speaker selection committee at

Views and opinions expressed by speakers are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Lakeside School.

The Lakeside Lecture Series is made possible through individual endowments established by members of the Lakeside community. Each series has a distinct mission.

  • The Belanich Family Speaker on Ethics and Politics supports a lecture or debate on political, ethical, or philosophical subjects, with the intent of promoting open discussion.
  • The Mark J. Bebie ’70 Memorial Lecture sponsors speakers on topics related to the environment, technology, education, and other subjects that were of interest to Bebie.
  • The Dan Ayrault Memorial Endowed Lecture honors the memory of Dan Ayrault, head of school from 1969 to 1990. Honoring Ayrault’s passion for education, lectures are designed to foster a robust exchange of ideas.

The 2020-2021 Lakeside Lecture Series will not include events for the larger Lakeside community.