Each year, distinguished scholars, artists, lecturers, and teachers are brought to campus to enhance the school’s program and give boys exposure to other perspectives, ideas, and experiences. Funding comes to St. Mark's from the Robert E. Dennard Visiting Scholars Program, The Willard E. Walker, Jr '66 Visiting Scholar Program, and the Green-McDermott Guest Lecture Fund. Notable authors, lecturers, historians, scientists, business leaders, artists, and others share their knowledge, experience, and insight with the students as they lecture, perform, and visit classes. Guest lecturers bring a variety of interesting topics to campus in an effort to enrich and broaden the education of our boys.
Robert E. Dennard Visiting Scholar for 2018–2019
Ruta Sepetys Bestselling Author
Ruta Sepetys is an internationally acclaimed author of historical fiction published in more than 50 countries and 36 languages. Ruta is considered a “crossover” novelist as her books are read by both students and adults worldwide. Her novels, Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy are both New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers. Her latest novel, Salt to the Sea, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal. Her books have won or been shortlisted for more than 40 book prizes, are included on more than 20 state reading lists, and are currently in development for film and television. Ruta is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. Born in Michigan, she was raised in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. Ruta attended college to study opera but instead graduated with a degree in International Finance. Prior to publishing her first novel, she spent 20 years in the music industry helping artists and songwriters distill story through song. Ruta is the first American crossover novelist to address both European Parliament and Library of Congress. She was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Bellagio Resident Fellowship for Salt to the Sea.
Willard E. Walker, Jr. ’66 Visiting Scholar for 2018–2019
Artist and Naturalist
Artist, writer, naturalist, and Yale graduate James Prosek published his first book at 19 years of age, Trout: An Illustrated History, which featured 70 of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. Prosek’s work has been shown at numerous international studios and museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Prosek has written for the New York Times and National Geographic Magazine and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the 17th-century author of The Complete Angler. In 2004, he co-founded a conservation initiative called World Trout, which raises money for coldwater habitat conservation. His book Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World’s Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish was a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice. He is currently working on a book about how and why we name and order the natural world and an article for National Geographic on the Sargasso Sea.
2018–2019 James Prosek ~ Artist, writer, and naturalist Ruta Sepetys ~ Bestselling author of historical fiction
2017–2018 Robert Edsel '75 ~ Bestselling author and historian
Grace Lin ~ Children's Author and Illustrator 2016–2017
Casey Sherman ~ Bestselling author, screenwriter, and storyteller
Dr. Alex McDonald ~ Pianist
2015–2016 Eugene Yelchin ~ Award-winning artist, author, and children’s book illustrator
Mr. Carl Zimmer ~ Science Writer & Blogger
Dr. Harold Tanner ~ History Professor & World Traveler
James O’Donnell ~ Organist and Master of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey
2013–2014 Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky ~ Biologist, Neuroscientist, Writer, and Stress Expert
Celebration Jazz Orchestra ~ Musical Group
2012–2013 Billy Collins ~ Former U.S. Poet Laureate
Dr. Wade Davis ~ Ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker
2011–2012 Dr. Andrea Bertozzi ~ Applied Mathematician Dr. David Gonzalez ~ Latin Storyteller
2010–2011 Robin Wiszowaty ~ Kenya Program Director, Free The Children Craig Kielburger ~ Founder & Chair, Free The Children Rob Kapilow ~ Conductor/Composer
2009–2010 Dr. Spencer Wells ~ Population Geneticist Dr. Charles Kimball ~ Director of Religious Studies, University of Oklahoma Jeffery Davis ~ Poet & Creative Writing Coach
2008–2009 Dr. Mark Moffett ~ Ecologist & National Geographic Photographer Alma Guillermoprieto ~ Latin American Journalist Dr. H.W. Brands ~ Professor of American History, UT
2007–2008 Cedza Dlamini ~ Social Developer in Africa The N'Awlins Gumbo Kings ~ Jazz Musicians Janet Wallach ~ President, Seeds of Peace
2006–2007 Dr. Alan Stern ’75 ~ Planetary Scientist Naomi Shiham Nye ~ Poet, Essayist, and Teacher Dr. Louise Leakey ~ Paleoanthropologist
2005–2006 James McLurkin ~ Roboticist Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt ~ Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies Dr. Francisco Jimenez ~ Writer & Professor of Mexican-American Literature
2004–2005 Gus Lee ~ Author & Ethicist Jonathan Holloway & Raul Ramos ~ Yale Race Relations Professors David H. Levy ~ Science Editor, Parade Magazine; Co-Discoverer of Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet
2003–2004 Tim Severin ~ Explorer & Writer Charles Duff ~ Shakespearean Actor & Director Wade Davis ~ Anthropologist, Ethnobotanist & Explorer
St. Mark's School of Texas
10600 Preston Road Dallas, Texas 75230
St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.