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 2016–2017
Mr. Casey Sherman
Bestsellng author, screenwriter, and storyteller
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1–2, 2016

Best-selling author, investigative journalist, true-crime writer and Emmy-nominated television producer Casey Sherman examines hope, resilience and courage under fire in some of the most captivating stories of our time — from the greatest small boat rescue in U.S. history to his own personal search for justice in the notorious Boston Strangler case. His book The Finest Hours became the basis for the 2016 major motion picture starring Chris Pine, and his latest book, Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy, is the basis for the upcoming film Patriots Day, starring Mark Wahlberg. 
 
Sherman is also a contributing writer for Esquire, Huffington Post, Boston Magazine and FOX News, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as a television news producer for WBZ-TV. He has appeared on more than 100 television programs, including segments for CNN, FOX News, The Today Show, C-SPAN, Unsolved Mysteries, The History Channel, ABC World News Tonight, The CBS Evening News, Discovery, The Travel Channel and The View.

Sherman was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts, in 1969 and graduated from Fryeberg Academy and Boston University. A gifted storyteller and commanding speaker, he has performed his one-man show Tales of Suspense at venues around the country, including the historic Wilbur Theatre in Boston.


Willard E. Walker, Jr. ’66 Visiting Scholar for 2016–2017
Dr. Alex McDonald
Pianist
Wednesday & Thursday, February 1–2, 2017
 
Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist Alex McDonald has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed across the United States as well as in Israel, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and South Korea. Awards and fellowships include second prize at the 2007 New Orleans International Piano Competition and second prize at the 2001 Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition. In 2008, he was named a Harvey Fellow by the Mustard Seed Foundation. In 2013, he was a competitor in the 2014 Van Cliburn Competition. He also served as the guest festival director for the Basically Beethoven Festival in 2016.

Dr. McDonald received his pre-college training under Lois Nielson, his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance under Russell Sherman, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin. 

Teaching in collaboration with his mother Marcy McDonald, their students have won national honors at various competitions and have soloed with the Dallas Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, among others. Deeply concerned about a healthy integration of life with music, Dr. McDonald  has actively pursued community formation both as an R.A. in the Juilliard residence hall and as president of Juilliard Christian Fellowship.
 

Past Guest Speakers

2016
Casey Sherman
Bestselling author, screenwriter, and storyteller

Dr. Alex McDonald
Pianist

2015
Eugene Yelchin
Award-winning artist, author, and children’s book illustrator

Mr. Carl Zimmer
Science Writer & Blogger

2014
Dr. Harold Tanner
History Professor & World Traveler
 
James O’Donnell
Organist and Master of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey

2013
Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky
Biologist, Neuroscientist, Writer, and Stress Expert

Celebration Jazz Orchestra
Musical Group

2012
Billy Collins
Poet

Dr. Wade Davis
Ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker

2011
Dr. Andrea Bertozzi
Applied Mathematics

Dr. David Gonzalez
Latin Storyteller

2010
Robin Wiszowaty
Kenya Program Director, Free The Children

Craig Kielburger
Founder & Chair, Free The Children

Rob Kapilow
Conductor/Composer

2009
Dr. Spencer Wells
Population Geneticist

Dr. Charles Kimball
Director of Religious Studies,
University of Oklahoma

Jeffery Davis
Poet & Creative Writing Coach

2008
Dr. Mark Moffett
Ecologist & National Geographic Photographer

Alma Guillermoprieto
Latin American Journalist

Dr. H.W. Brands
Professor of American History, UT

2007
Cedza Dlamini
Social Developer in Africa

The N'Awlins Gumbo Kings
Jazz Musicians

Janet Wallach
President, Seeds of Peace

2006
Dr. Alan Stern ’75
Planetary Scientist

Naomi Shiham Nye
Poet, Essayist, and Teacher

Dr. Louise Leakey
Paleoanthropologist

2005
James McLurkin
Roboticist

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt
Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies

Dr. Francisco Jimenez
Writer & Professor of Mexican-American Literature

2004
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
Tim Severin
Explorer & Writer

Charles Duff
Shakespearean Actor & Director

Wade Davis
Anthropologist, Ethnobotanist & Explorer

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St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, non-sectarian 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.