Each year, Harvard-Westlake holds three to four all-school assemblies featuring notable speakers chosen based on their relevance to the HW community and how they align with our mission statement. Past speakers include Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin, Los Angeles Philharmonic Director Gustavo Dudamel, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
In addition, various clubs on campus schedule speakers to visit during activities period throughout the school year. These sessions are usually open to the entire Harvard-Westlake community.
Scholars in Residence
The Kutler Center Scholar in Residence program brings noted scholars and intellectuals to the Kutler Center to share their knowledge and expertise with our entire community. The residency is two and a half days. Scholars are chosen for their ability to represent diversity of thought and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the world. By introducing our student body to respected scholars and thinkers, it is our hope that they will recognize the importance of interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to learning, advancing knowledge and scholarship as well as solving the world’s problems.
In 2015, Peter Bouckhaert, Director Emergencies, Human Rights Watch, was our first scholar. In 2016, it was artist and musician Daniel Holt. In 2017, Professor Josh Kun was Scholar. In 2018, it will be Lucy Jones.