Global Education

RE Speakers Series

The RE Speakers Series brings experts from various fields to campus to address topical global issues with students, faculty, parents, alumni and other stakeholders. The speakers hail from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wealth of perspectives. They place students at the center of the discussion during talks that occur three or four times each school year. When possible, RE Speakers address the student body during the school day, then return for an evening session open to the entire RE community and the public.

Speakers have included Marshall Eakin, Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, who shared his ideas on Brazilian identity and the importance of Brazil to the United States and especially Florida; Jeremy Haft '88, an entrepreneur who has built and run companies in China, is an author and adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and who discussed America’s competitive advantage over China and how America can leverage this edge to create jobs; and Richard Freeman '99, who discussed the importance of public service in international contexts by highlighting his work with the Clinton Global Health Foundation and a primary school in Ethiopia.


List of 7 news stories.

  • Nicholas Griffin P’25 ’27, author of The Year of Dangerous Days: Riots, Refugees, and Cocaine in Miami 1980

    REflecting on 'dangerous days': Miami in 1980

    In 1980, chaos descended on Miami: cocaine money corrupted its banks and homicide detectives; race riots decimated its Black neighborhoods; and more than 100,000 Cuban refugees arrived almost simultaneously. In the middle of the mayhem stood late Miami Mayor Maurice Ferré, the father of Ransom Everglades alumnus Dr. Maurice Ferré ’79, P’10 ’13, and a central character in a new book by RE parent Nicholas Griffin P’25 ’27, called The Year of Dangerous Days: Riots, Refugees, and Cocaine in Miami 1980.
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  • Andre Dua P'22 '24 '27, managing partner at McKinsey Miami

    Higher ed expert shares insight into college life in 2020

    Colleges and universities are “desperate” to open their doors and have strong financial imperatives to do so, but students heading off to college in the fall will likely see dramatic changes in campus life, a higher education consultant from McKinsey Miami – Andre Dua P’22 ’24 ’27 – told RE families during a webinar on May 28.

    Listen to the entire webinar here.
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  • Jessica Goldman Srebnick '21 '23 '25 and Lourdes Lopez '19

    Arts leaders discuss post-COVID-19 world

    Two of Miami’s most prominent female business leaders – Jessica Goldman Srebnick P’21 ’23 ’25 of Wynwood development fame and Lourdes Lopez P’19 of the Miami City Ballet – discussed the significant challenges of navigating what is expected to be months of continued social distancing and safety precautions in the aftermath of COVID-19, and the particular impact in the arts world, which thrives on vibrant gatherings in galleries, theaters and concert halls.

    Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Properties, and Lopez, Artistic Director of the Miami City Ballet, addressed the Ransom Everglades community virtually during a Paul Ransom Digital Podium event on May 19.
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  • Stephen Sawitz ’75 of Joe’s Stone Crab

    Famed restaurateurs talk COVID-19

    The heads of Miami’s longest-lived and most iconic restaurants – Stephen Sawitz ’75 of Joe’s Stone Crab and Shareef Malnik P’19 ’22 of The Forge – offered frank assessments of COVID-19’s toll on the industry, yet noted to a virtual audience on May 6 that crises are nothing new for their century-old establishments. To an audience of parents, alumni and other members of the RE community. Sawitz and Malnik reminded that The Forge and Joe’s have survived wars, hurricanes, financial crises, fires and the foibles of previous operators.

    Watch the webinar here.
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  • The virus that causes COVID-19

    COVID-19: Lessons for All of Us

    Two highly regarded figures in Miami's medical community examined the global impact, economics, management and future course of COVID-19 during the first Paul Ransom Digital Podium, a series of remote roundtables designed to bring together, engage and inform the Ransom Everglades community.

    Dr. Allan Feingold, Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Baptist Health South Miami Hospital, and Dr. Steven Ullmann, Director of Health Management and Policy at the University of Miami, addressed some 230 virtual attendees on April 28 with a talk that can be found here. RE parent Dr. Stephan Baker and Head of School Penny Townsend moderated the discussion.
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  • Ryan Sears '18

    Sears '18 honors legacy of MLK

    Ryan Sears '18 returned to a familiar spot at Ransom Everglades: behind the podium on the Lewis Family Auditorium stage. There, where he had opened so many upper school assemblies as student body president during his senior year, Sears addressed RE students on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and urged them to extend that legacy with thoughtful action. At the conclusion of his talk in honor of the MLK holiday, he received a standing ovation.
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  • Son of Nazi soldier recalls the horrors of the Holocaust

    A conscience-stricken son of a Nazi soldier, Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger shared with upper school students his long, emotional quest to make some amends for the atrocities of the Holocaust during a talk at the Lewis Family Auditorium in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan 27.
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  • Alumna details plan for Underline

    When Meg Daly '78 broke both arms during a fall from her bicycle six years ago, her incapacity and the accompanying inconvenience led to the best idea she's ever had. She couldn't drive, she explained to Upper School students during an assembly in honor of Earth Day, so she traveled on the Metrorail and traversed the walking paths underneath to her doctor's appointments.

    As she surveyed the neglected swath of land under the rail line, she imagined a transformation that would turn the humble corridor into park and recreation space. That was the beginning of Underline Miami, set to make its debut next spring.
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  • Child psychologist shares advice with RE parents

    Dr. Michael G. Thompson, a bestselling author and prominent children's psychologist, unpacked the topic of "the pressured child" during a lecture to RE parents and guests in a jammed Swenson Hall on April 17. Thompson shared anecdotes from decades of working with children and schools worldwide and counseled parents against viewing "childhood as a business career that can be built."
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  • Scientist tells RE students to think ... huge

    Silicon Valley scientist Tiffany Vora urged Upper School students to build a better future for themselves by employing exponential thinking and out-of-the box solutions rooted in digital technology. Vora, the Faculty Director and Vice Chair of Medicine and Digital Biology at Singularity University, admonished students during an assembly at the Lewis Family Auditorium on April 2 to aspire to change the world dramatically, not incrementally.
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  • Cutting-edge scientist to speak at RE

    Scientist Tiffany Vora, an expert in the field of biotechnology, will provide the RE community with a view into the likely effects of exponentially growing technologies on the future and a glimpse of cutting-edge work at the intersection of biology, technology and genetics. Vora, the Faculty Director and Vice Chair of Digital Biology and Medicine at Singularity University, will address the Ransom Everglades community at 7 p.m. on April 2 at the Lewis Family Auditorium
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  • Children's advocate David Lawrence visits RE

    Former RE board member and parent David Lawrence Jr. admonished Upper School students to lead lives of energetic purposefulness during a Jan. 29 assembly at the Lewis Family Auditorium. Lawrence, who retired as publisher of the Miami Herald at 56 to become one of the nation's leading proponents of childhood welfare and education, detailed a personal journey that began on a chicken farm in New York and included two full and productive careers in newspaper publishing and children's advocacy.
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  • Author, alumna visits RE

    A day after her debut at the Miami Book Fair, novelist Janelle Milanes '03 met with students on both campuses to share her personal story and give insight into her newly released young adult novels, which have earned significant attention and praise. Milanes, the daughter of RE's Director of Financial Aid Jackie Milanes, spoke with Upper School students in the Pagoda in the morning and then to the entire Middle School student body during an afternoon assembly.
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  • Greene uses STEM and storytelling to engage

    Acclaimed physicist Brian Greene merged hard science with artful communication to bring to life one of the most famous theories in science – Einstein's theory of relativity – during an Oct. 24 lecture at the Lewis Family Auditorium. Greene, director of Columbia’s Center for Theoretical Physics, spoke to more than 200 members of the RE community and guests after meeting separately with RE's faculty in the afternoon.
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  • 9-11 survivor, rescuer speaks to RE students

    A former Secret Service agent who helped thousands escape from Manhattan in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, shared stories of heroism and a powerful message of remembrance during assemblies at RE's Upper School and Middle School on Sept. 11.
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  • Desegregation legend speaks at RE

    Ernest Green, one of the famed "Little Rock Nine" students who desegregated Central High in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957, shared his powerful story with the RE community and students during lectures on Feb. 12 and 13. "It was a war zone," Green recalled about attending the previously all-white high school. "We were perceived as the enemy."
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  • Coconut Grove-born NASA astronaut wows RE students

    Retired NASA astronaut and Coconut Grove native Winston E. Scott captivated the Ransom Everglades student body Feb. 8 with harrowing tales of his shuttle journeys and earlier flights as a naval fighter pilot. Scott, one of the nation's first African-American astronauts, executed three spacewalks, logged more than three weeks in space and helped rescue a malfunctioning satellite by grabbing it with gloved hands.
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  • Obama's inaugural poet visits US

    Renowned poet Richard Blanco shared with Upper School students his incredible journey from Cuban immigrant in Miami to inaugural poet at President Obama's second inauguration. Blanco, one of just five people to serve in that role, read his inaugural poem "One Today" and several others during a Dec. 12 assembly at the Lewis Family Auditorium.
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  • Trade expert challenges notions of China dominance

    Jeremy Haft '88 (Georgetown University)
    Trade expert Jeremy Haft '88 disputed the popular notion – one put forth by presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders – that China has surpassed the United States as the world's No. 1 economic power, contending that outdated measures, flawed trade counts and fabricated export numbers have led to an inaccurate picture of an economically declining America.
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  • Vanderbilt professor talks foreign policy to students

    Thomas Alan Schwartz (Vanderbilt University)
    Vanderbilt professor Thomas Alan Schwartz used a historical survey of U.S. presidential elections to make the case to the Upper School student body that foreign policy issues matter, and that the current election "is unprecedented" for, among other reasons, offering a Republican candidate who advocates for a return to a "1930s type of neo-isolationism."
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  • "Understanding Approaches to Global Health Equity”

    Katie Kralievits '09 (Partners In Health and Harvard Medical School)
    Katie Kralievits '09 urged RE students to do something about the disparity in healthcare that exists around the world during a talk on March 29, 2016, investing their efforts in substantive programs rather than short-term relief efforts that often have little impact.
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  • "The Current Terrorism Threat Facing the United States”

    George L. Piro (FBI's Miami Division)
    FBI special agent George L. Piro told students during a talk on February 16, 2016, that his agency – which once sought to hire college graduates fluent in Arabic or Chinese – now seeks computer-science grads or IT specialists to counter the terrorist threat online.
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  • "How to Ask Tough Questions; What I Learned in 30 Years of Interviews”

    Jorge Ramos (Fusion)
    Jorge Ramos, the influential Univision anchor and author, talked to students on November 3, 2015, about a career founded on asking tough questions to shed light on critical topics in the public interest.
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  • "The Big Thirst"

    Charles Fishman
    Charles Fishman, a former metro and national reporter for the Washington Post and author of the highly acclaimed The Wal-Mart Effect and The Big Thirst, talked to students on April 21, 2015, about his efforts to take readers inside large organizations as a public service.
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  • "Social Programs and Development in Foreign Policy"

    Jenny Urizar '99 (Office of Global Partnerships at the Department of State)
    Jenny Urizar ’99, who has worked as a member of the National Security Council and for State Department, shared her experiences as part of the 2004 presidential campaign of then-Sen. John Kerry and the 2008 presidential campaign team of then-Sen. Barak Obama during a talk at Ransom Everglades on January 20, 2015.
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  • "Hispanic or Cuban/ Mexican/ Colombian/etc.? Doing Culture in South Florida"

    Sarah J. Mahler (Florida International University)
    Sarah J. Mahler, an anthropology professor and former director of the Center for Transnational and Comparative Studies at Florida International University, spoke on October 21, 2014, about Hispanic culture in South Florida, focusing on her recent research regarding intra-Hispanic diversity and why it is so understudied in both South Florida and the United States.
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  • "The Myth of China's Might and What It Means..."

    Jeremy Haft '88 (Georgetown University)
    Jeremy Haft '88, who has built and run companies in China for more than 15 years, spoke to Ransom Everglades students, parents and friends about China and the myth of China's power on March 4, 2014.
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  • "Public Service in the International Context"

    Richard Freeman '99 (Stanford Law School)
    Richard Freeman ’99 spoke on January 21, 2014, about his experience in public service, his work in Africa and the difference he is making for a community in Arsi Negele, Ethiopia, with the help of the Ransom Everglades Human Rights Coalition.
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  • "Why Brazil Matters... especially for Florida"

    Marshall Eakin (Vanderbilt University)
    Marshall Eakin, a history professor at Vanderbilt University, talked about the history of Brazil to Upper School students, parents and friends on December 10, 2013, touching on political and cultural aspects while also examining the nation's future as an economic power.
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  • "The End of Poverty"

    Marcelo Giugale (World Bank)
    Marcelo Giugale, the World Bank Director of Economic Policy and Poverty Reduction Programs for Africa, spoke to the Upper School student body on April 2, 2013, about new and previously unimagined tools available to governments to reduce poverty.
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  • "Universality of Art and Art's Power to Make Social Statements"

    John Bailly (Florida International University)
    John Bailly, an art Fellow at the Honors College at Florida International University, spoke on January 15, 2013, about the universality of art and its power to make social statements. He examined the heroic pose of Alexander the Great in various works of art, and how that pose has been used to portray leadership ever since.
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  • "The Social Costs of Global Migration"

    Alissa Silverman (UNICEF)
    Alissa Silverman, a managing director for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, spoke on November 27, 2012, about the organization's mission to fight for the “survival and development of the world’s most vulnerable children and ... their basic human rights.”
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  • "Iran's Nuclear Quest and the World: An Insider's View"

    Colin Kahl (Georgetown University)
    Colin Kahl, an associate professor in the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, spoke to students on October 4, 2012 about Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, and the emerging U.S. regional security architecture to counter it.
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