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.

Past Symposiums

On January 14, 2019, Brimmer held its 14th annual Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium, The Power & Impact of Teams. In his thought-provoking presentation, No Condition is Permanent: The Power of Teamwork in Public Service, Keynote Speaker 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?” Read more about the Keynote speech and the additional workshops.

2018
The Future and Function of News
Keynote speaker: Emily Rooney, Read more.

2017 
The Global Tipping Point: What it Means and Where to Go From Here
Keynote speaker: Dr. Derrick Rossi, P ’24. ’26, ’28. Read more.
 
2016
Innovation and Disruption
Keynote speaker: Ben Mezrich P ’28. Read more.

2015
Our Economic Times
Keynote speaker: John Spooner, P ’88, GP ’22. Read more.

2014
Seeking a Better World: Individuals Working for Change
Keynote speaker: Dr. Jonathan Gruber, P ’18. Read more.

2013
Uses of the Narrative
Keynote speaker: Marcus Burke ’06. Read more.

2012
Global Health
Keynote speaker: Dr. Mardge Cohen. Read more.

2011
Initiatives For Global Peace
Keynote speaker: Dr. Paul Beran. Read more.
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