ABOUT THE 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. The Woodbury Public Speaking contest is a tradition that gives students the opportunity to share stories, reflect on important issues, and practice the vital skills of effective public speaking. In our non-denominational chapel, we seek to engage our community, start conversations, and foster a balanced and civil exchange of opinions. 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.

Alumni

Belmont Hill alumni regularly share their wisdom and journey to inspire our boys in a variety of ways. For humor, insight, and a sense of brotherhood, many alumni have returned to the School to impart their experiences and offer counsel and guidance.  

Chapel Talks

Chapel Talksa long-honored tradition at Belmont Hillprovide our boys with the opportunity to hear directly from the Head of School on a broad range of timely issues. Chapel Talks typically take place three times a year: at the start of school, and after Winter and Spring Break respectively. Other talks may be added throughout the year as needed in response to a particular issue or event. Many alumni have mentioned the important words of wisdom learned through a Chapel Talk that still resonate with them today. 

MAP Speakers Series

The Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) Speaker Series funded by the Diversity Initiative Fund aims to partner with speakers whose views, work, and experience aligns with our mission as a school to develop men of good character by educating them in mind, body, and spirit. Understanding the power of diversity is a critical part of building character. As such, the MAP Speaker Series strives to bring insightful speakers focused on diversity and inclusion directly to the Belmont Hill community. The series will serve as a collective of voices with a diverse range of backgrounds, thoughts, and experiences. This collective will engage the boys on the topic of diversity and inclusion while enriching their development of true character.

Faculty

Faculty members often emerge as the most important mentors for our boys. Teachers address the boys in Chapel to discuss a range of topics or to convey important lessons. Talks have ranged from addressing world issues, sharing personal anecdotes, or describing an individual passion.

Guest Speakers

Through the years, the School has welcomed an extensive series of guest speakers campus to inform us, enlighten us, and sometimes to entertain us. Many of our guest speakers receive rousing ovations at the conclusion of their presentations, which demonstrates the impact these talks have on the boys.

Kageyama-Hunt Lecture Series

The Kageyama-Hunt Lecture Series, established in 2012 by Belmont Hill parents Bill and Yuko Hunt, brings speakers to campus who model global citizenship and can inspire generations of Belmont Hill boys to embrace the challenges and opportunities of an interconnected world.

Parents' Council Speaker Series

Each year the Parents' Council sponsors speakers for our parent community on relevant parenting topics, including advice on teens' social media and gaming activity, anxiety and depression, alcohol and substance use, setting appropriate limits, prom night, and other concerns. 

Michael Sherman Lecture Series

Formerly the Nalebuff Lecture Series, Dr. and Mrs. Nalebuff and their son Barry '76 (now a professor at Yale) gave the lectureship to Belmont Hill in 1999 as a thank you to the School, and in 2011 renamed it in honor of longtime math teacher Michael Sherman.

Katharine Wrisley Atkins Women's Series

Established in 2005 and named for the first female member of the Belmont Hill School Executive Committee, the Katharine Wrisley Atkins (KWA) Women's Series offers a variety of enrichment opportunities, including distinguished speakers and workshops, for women in the Belmont Hill community. Click here to learn more.

RECENT SPEAKERS

Kai Bynum - Oct. 2
Head of School - Hopkins School
Cum Laude Guest Speaker
 
Dr. Harry Goldberg - Oct. 9
Belmont Hill School Science Department Chair
COVID-19 Presentation
 
Dr. Michael ThompsonOct. 27
Parents' Council Presentation
"Dr. Michael Thompson - Modeling Civility, Supporting Community: 
Parenting Through Nov 3 and Beyond"
 
Caroline Randall Williams – Oct. 29
Multicultural Alumni Partnership Speaker Series  
Author, educator, and activist Caroline Randall Williams participated in a student webinar moderated by Will Forde ’05 and Caleb Collins ’93.

Peter Flaherty P '17, '24 – Nov. 2
School Meeting
What to Watch for on Election Night:
An Insider's View of the Election
Political strategist and consultant Peter Flaherty has advised campaigns nationwide for Senate, Congress, Governor, and President. 

LCDR Dan McDonald '05 - November 13
Veterans Day School Meeting
LCDR McDonald attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 2009. He qualified as a Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer and has since deployed worldwide with Navy, Army and Special Operations forces. He is currently stationed at MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Annual Thanksgiving Chapel Faculty Speaker - November 24
Jim Peck '77, P '21
 A familiar face on campus, this year Mr. Peck has been helping out with the Middle School Office. He is also advising in Form II and coaching Middle School football, hockey, and baseball. 
Joani Geltman, MSW
Form I and II Parents - Dec. 2
Form III and IV Parents - Dec. 9
Form V and VI Parents - Dec. 16
Parents' Council Presents: "When the S*** Hits the Fan: Parenting During the Pandemic"
Joani Geltman is a child development and parenting expert with more than 30 years of experience working with parents, children, schools, and community groups. 
 
Field Yates '05 - December 4
School Meeting Speaker
An NFL Insider for ESPN who contributes analysis, breaking NFL news and fantasy football insight year-round across the company's multimedia platforms. On NFL Sundays, he hosts ESPN2's award-winning pregame show Fantasy Football Now.
 
Greg Dayton '83 - January 8
School Meeting Speaker
Singer/songwriter Greg Dayton was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame shortly after the release of his debut solo album, Lonesome Road in 2016. His latest album release, “Sailing for the Sun,” is up for first round Grammy consideration in 8 categories.

Mark Chandler '74 - January 15
School Meeting Speaker
Mark Chandler is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer of Cisco. Mr. Chandler is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for Stanford Law School, member of the Governing Council of the American Bar Association Center for Innovation, Board of Directors of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, and a member of Belmont Hill School’s Board of Trustees. He previously served as a member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Law Foundation, member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, member and chairman of the City of Palo Alto Planning Commission, and member of the Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission. Mr. Chandler received a JD degree from Stanford Law School and a BA in economics from Harvard College.  
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day  Speaker - January 19
Belmont Hill Community Action Day Speaker

 
Ibram X. Kendi - February 1
School Meeting Speaker
Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, a #1 New York Times best-selling author, and the youngest-ever winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is also a 2020–2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where he will continue work on his next historical monograph, Bones of Inequity: A Narrative History of Racist Policies in America. 
 
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Belmont Hill School educates boys in mind, body, and spirit to develop men of good character. Our community encourages and challenges students to discover and pursue passions, seek excellence, and face adversity with resilience. We cultivate critical thinking and creativity, teamwork and competition, hard work and reflection, tradition and innovation. Valuing our differences and working together, we embrace camaraderie, compassion, and service to others. Our school strives to instill in each boy ethical judgment, a sense of common humanity, and a lifelong love of learning.