Annual Visiting Scholar

The visiting scholar program has been a mainstay at LA for many years and gives our students the opportunity to interact with career professionals.

Established in 2010, Lawrence Academy’s J. William Mees Visiting Scholar Program brings professionals to campus to give students the opportunity to learn what they do and how they have been successful in their fields. Not only does each visiting scholar take the time to present to and engage with the school community at large, they also spend a significant portion of their three days on campus working in small groups, providing students with firsthand access to these experts.

This is my first time with any kind of school at this level. It's been really kind of incredible, the facilities, the level of engagement that the kids have. It's really been a lot of fun. I mean, it feels more like college than a high school. That's what I compare it to and it's been really incredible to be a part of it.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2015 Mees Visiting Scholar

Poet Taylor Mali working with students during his visit to campus in 2013.
In October 2014, three months before the debut of his Tony Awards-winning musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda visited Lawrence Academy to speak in classes and engage with students as part of the J. William Mees Visiting Scholar Program. Other past visiting scholars include poet Taylor Mali; Irshad Manji, educator, author, and founder of the Moral Courage Project; and singer-songwriter Dar Williams. From journalists and scientists to artists and authors, these successful experts are aspirational models of intellectual curiosity: real-world examples of what can await after graduation.

Upcoming Visiting Scholars

Previous Visiting Scholars

2022-2023: Shaun Leonardo
2021-2022: Carrie Nugent
2020-2021: Matthew R. Kay
2019-2020: Jamie Ducharme
2018-2019: John Hunter
2017-2018: Irshad Manji
2012-2013: Taylor Mali
2011-2012: Andre Dubus III

Shaun Leonardo on campus

In 2022-2023, Lawrence Academy had the pleasure of welcoming Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist Shaun Leonardo to campus to work with our students (and faculty). Click here to see photos from Shaun's visit.

Visiting Scholars (from left to right); Irshad Manji, Jamie Ducharme, and Taylor Mali

Time Magazine reporter Jaime Ducharme working with students during her visit as the 2020 Mees Visiting Scholar.

Course Offerings

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Past Visiting Scholars