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Global Education

Global Speakers Series

The Global 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, Global 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.

To get involved in the Global Speakers Series, join our mailing list, or nominate potential speakers, please write to our Director of Global Programs.

2018-19

List of 5 news stories.

  • 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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2017-18

List of 3 news stories.

  • 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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2016-17

List of 2 news stories.

  • 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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2015-16

List of 3 news stories.

  • "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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2014-15

List of 3 news stories.

  • "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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2013-14

List of 3 news stories.

  • "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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2012-13

List of 4 news stories.

  • "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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