Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium

Head of School Judith Guild, Kennie Bissell Grogan, 2018 Keynote speaker Emily Rooney, Jeffrey Grogan, and Director of Development Elizabeth Smith.
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 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. Read more.

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

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

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

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

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

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