The Gunnery Speaker Series seeks to expand the reach of our curriculum through the presentation of outside speakers/performers in various disciplines to the whole school each year.
The series, which has appeared in many iterations since Mr. Gunn’s time, assumed its present form in 1999 when Henry Kissinger came to campus. Speakers have included: Pulitzer Prize winners Richard Russo, Debby Applegate, and Frank McCourt, New Yorker writers and authors Ian Frazier and David Owen, Poet Naomi Shihab Nye, performers Momix and Patty Lupone, musicians Inti Illimani and Dave Samuels, scientists and science writers Bill McKibben and Andrew Marron, and civic activists Dennis Watlington and Ralph Lord Roy.
    • Travis Roy
November 9, 2015, 7 pm
Meeting House on The Green
Travis Roy

From an early age, Travis found his passion in the sport of hockey. Travis dreamed of one day playing Division I college hockey, and even having his shot at the NHL and the Olympics. By his senior year in high school, Travis had his choice of scholarships to any of the top college hockey programs in the country. In the end, Travis chose to play for the defending national champion Boston University Terriers. On October 20, 1995, with his family and friends in the stands, he took to the ice for his first shift. Eleven seconds after the puck dropped, Travis found himself lying face down on the ice, unable to move or feel a thing. Within seconds he not only knew he was paralyzed but that life as he knew it was over. His parents came to the same understanding an hour later when the ER doctors explained the extent of Travis’ injuries and the prognosis that he would be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.

By sharing his story and lifelong dream of becoming a Division I college athlete, Travis conveys firsthand the determination and emotional high of overcoming a self-imposed challenge. Travis then shares the experience of having his dream ripped away and the reevaluation of his goals to face the challenge that ultimately chose him.

In the 14 years since Travis’ accident, he has overcome many challenges. Ten months after his accident Travis returned to Boston University, and four years later he graduated with a degree in Communications. He wrote the book, Eleven Seconds, A Story of Tragedy, Courage, and Triumph, and also founded the Travis Roy Foundation, which has raised over $4.5 million to improve the lives of spinal cord injury survivors and fund medical research.

This event is open to the public, but we ask that you, please register here.
    • Katrina Radke
January 12, 2016, 7pm
Katrina Radke

Katrina is passionate about empowering people to be at their best, whether in sports, career, relationships or in life. Her swimming accomplishments include:
  • Olympic swimmer
  • 4 gold medals in major international competition
  • Numerous medals in all international meets
  • 7 years on USA National Team
  • Co-Captain of US Swim Team
  • Records at the American, US Open, Italian Open and Australian Open
Corporations including AT&T, 24 Hour Fitness, and PeopleSoft have hired Katrina as a keynote speaker as well as various clubs and nonprofits.

Katrina attended Germantown Academy, holds a B.A from UC Berkeley, and received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University, with a portion of her internship conducted through Yale School of Medicine.

The inspirational story of Katrina's life began with a 12 year battle recovering from Mononucleosis followed by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She was left bedridden, with disabled parking, and unable to do any physical activity for several years. The 'come-back kid' fought her way back to compete in the 2004 Olympic Trials. Her race times placed her in world rankings once again. In addition, Katrina competed in Masters meets, snapping three old standing world records.
    • Food Patriots
April 8, 2016, 7pm
Screening of Food Patriots

School-wide screening of Food Patriots followed by master class about the documentary and social change with Jeff Spitz.

Food Patriots is a new feature length documentary film and public engagement campaign with the goal of getting everyone to improve their buying and eating habits by 10%. That's 10% more fresh fruits and veggies, 10% more organics, 10% more locally grown – 10% more from wherever you are on the continuum. As consumers learn to demand better food we will pressure both policy and supply changes in our food system.

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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.