At Hewitt, we believe in empowering girls to establish a sense of self rooted in confidence, empathy, and hardiness through active, girl-centered academics and authentic connections to the world beyond our campus. To help cultivate an inner curiosity and passion essential to personal growth, academic success, and community leadership, visiting scholars and engaging professionals are a constant presence at Hewitt.
This year we welcomed acclaimed authors, world-class musicians, and an MIT professor, to name a few.
Kaki King, guitarist and composer, performed for Hewitt students at our Theater at St. Jean. Ms. King brought along a sampling of her collection of over 30 unique and unusual guitars, showing off the craftsmanship and style that goes into making each instrument.
Emma Sutton, a professional musician who has played for the American Ballet Theatre and Lion King on Broadway, spent time playing the violin and answering questions about string instruments for grade 3. The girls have been learning about the four instrument families, and were excited to meet and learn from a professional New York City musician.
Sarah Mlynowski, creator of the Whatever After and the Upside Down Magic series, spoke to Lower School students about her writing process and the steps she takes from brainstorming ideas to book publishing. The girls weighed in on the various covers her books have been given when published in different countries.
Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, visited Hewitt to meet with students in grades 11 and 12. Mbue spoke with the girls about a range of topics, including immigration and class divisions, that built on discussions the girls have been having in several of their English electives. The conversation also delved into the writing process, the connection between real life and fiction, and the place of empathy in our lives.
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, Skyped in with grade 8 English students after their posters inspired by her book caught her eye on Twitter! The posters were part of a number of activities designed to help students engage deeply with the novel and make critical connections between theme and image within the text.
Julie Chibbaro, author of Deadly, visits grade 7 and presents an image of Times Square from 100 years ago. Ms. Chibbaro helped the girls understand the intense research that must be done in preparation to write a historical novel, and shared what she learned about what a young girl’s life might be like in 1906 in New York City.
Leon Glicksman: Hewitt grandfather and MIT professor visited Tim Clare’s AP Environmental Science course to talk about global warming and his work involving energy and sustainability initiatives. Photo of him demonstrating the concept of greenhouse gases with his granddaughter's help.
Jill Kargman, author and actor on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out, was the guest speaker at this year’s PA sponsored book fair.