Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium

Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium

The Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium was established in 2006 in honor of Kenyon Bissell Grogan, former Chair of the Board of Trustees and Brimmer graduate of the Class of 1976. The goal of the Symposium is to both educate and engage students in relevant topics of today. The Symposium is an annual event, attended by students in Grades 8–12. It commences with a keynote speech and is followed by workshops and that explore a diverse range of subjects on the Symposium’s topic. Past Symposium topics have included ethics, global peace, and innovations in math and science. The Symposium offers students an opportunity to participate in workshops and seminars and to discuss present-day issues with academicians, business and health professionals, and other experts in their fields of study or practice.


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  • Keynote speaker Dr. Raj Panjabi.

    14th Annual Bissell Grogan Symposium

    Symposium Delivers Powerful Message on the Power & Impact of Teams
    “No condition is permanent.” Keynote speaker Dr. Raj Panjabi first heard his father speak these words when he was a little boy growing up in Liberia. He lived these words when civil war forced his family to evacuate and resettle in the United States. In his thought-provoking presentation to Brimmer students and faculty, No Condition is Permanent: The Power of Teamwork in Public Service, Dr. Panjabi explained that his father’s message would affect him deeply as he matured and engaged in opportunities to serve neighbors and communities in need. It instilled the belief that when people come together as a team, powerful things can happen. He returned to war torn Liberia in his twenties as a medical student and was shocked by the physical destruction, illness, and lack of available health care. He wondered, “Where are the teams of support here?”
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  • Head of School Judy Guild, Kennie Bissell Grogan, Keynote speaker Emily Rooney, Jeffrey Grogan, and Director of Development Elizabeth Smith.

    13th Annual Bissell Grogan Symposium

    On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Brimmer held its 13th annual Kenyon Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium, The Future and Function of News. Keynote speaker, Emily Rooney, host/executive editor of “Beat the Press,” presented “Fake News – You Know It When You See It,” to Middle and Upper Schoolers, Trustees, parents, faculty and staff.
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  • Keynote speaker - Dr. Derrick Rossi, P ’24. ’26, ’28.

    12th Annual Bissell Grogan Symposium

    On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Brimmer held its 12th annual Kenyon Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium, TheGlobal Tipping Point: What it Means and Where to Go From Here. The Keynote speaker, Dr. Derrick Rossi, P ’24. ’26, ’28, gave a talk entitled “Stem Cell Science and the Genesis of Innovative New Therapies for Patients.”
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  • Director of Development Elizabeth Smith, Head of School Judy Guild, Brimmer Trustee Kenny Bissell Grogan, Keynote Speaker Ben Mezrich, and George Bissell.

    11th Annual Bissell Grogan Symposium

    On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the Brimmer and May School held its 11th annual Kenyon Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium, Innovation and Disruption. The Keynote speaker, Ben Mezrich P ’28, gave a talk entitled Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of the MIT Blackjack Team, Russian Oligarchs, and the Harvard Geniuses Who Created Facebook.
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  • 10th Annual Bissell Grogan Symposium

    On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, the Brimmer and May School held its tenth annual Kenyon Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium, Our Economic Times. The Keynote speaker, John Spooner, P ’88, GP ’22, spoke about “Your Brilliant Future: Street Smart Solutions for the Problems You’ll Have,” and was introduced by his daughter, Director of Alumni and Special Events Amanda Spooner Frank ’89, P’22.
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