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Speaker Program

Belmont Hill is so fortunate to be able to offer our boys a wide array of distinguished speakers in our historic Hamilton Chapel. Through the years, our Head of School, alumni, and faculty—as well as an impressive list of guest speakers—have presented on a broad range of topics. Head of School Chapel Talks and the Parents' Council Speaker Series are made available to parents by video whenever possible. Other talks are shared publicly on occasion, but the primary audience is the internal community of faculty, staff, and the boys.

2022-2023 Speakers

Ryan O’Callaghan played college football for the University of California, Berkeley where he earned all American honors and was the recipient of the Morris Trophy; presented to the most outstanding lineman in the Pac-12 conference. Mr. O'Callaghan was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2006 and had a six year NFL career. After retirement, Ryan came out as gay and went on to start The Ryan O’Callaghan Foundation to provide scholarship and support for LGBTQ athletes. He published his memoir titled, "My Life On The Line" in 2019.

Molly H. King has been the head of school at Greenwich Academy, an independent day school for girls in grades pre-K to 12, since 2004. Prior to this role, she spent seven years as the director of admission for St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA. She also spent five years at Fay School as a member of their senior leadership team. Earlier in her professional career she taught and coached at Taft School and Greenwich Country Day School, where she also served as director of secondary school placement. From 2012 to 2015, she served as board chair for SPARC and continues to serve as a trustee. Ms. King received a BA in American history from Bowdoin College and an EdM in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Glenn C. Loury is Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Economics at Brown University. He holds the B.A. in Mathematics (Northwestern) and the Ph.D. in Economics (M.I.T). As an economic theorist he has published widely and lectured throughout the world on his research. He is also among America’s leading critics writing on racial inequality. He has been elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economics Association, as a Member of the American Philosophical Society and of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, and as a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of "How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America," which was a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the poetry collection "Counting Descent," which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. His essays, poems, and scholarly writing have been widely published and he is a former National Poetry Slam champion and a recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review. Previously, he taught high school English in Prince George’s County, MD where he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year. He is the host of the YouTube series "Crash Course Black American History." He received his B.A. in English from Davidson College and his Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University. 

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