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Guest Lecture Series

Erik Larson

Interviewed by Conan O'Brien

Sunday, January 29, 2017
4:30 p.m.
Brentwood School East Campus Gym
100 South Barrington Place, Los Angeles

We are delighted to announce that this year's Hutson Lecture Speaker is Erik Larson, award-winning author of The Devil in the White City, In The Garden of Beasts, and Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. You can read Erik Larson's bio and watch videos of him online here.

Photo credit: Bill Hayes


The John Hutson Memorial Guest Lecture Series was established in the fall of 1996 in conjunction with Brentwood School's 25th Anniversary. It is named in memory of former History and Political Science Chair, John Hutson, a passionate historian and beloved teacher. The series presents speakers each year, providing Brentwood School students, parents, faculty, alumni, and community members with unique opportunities to hear from—and in some cases, meet with—highly notable, world-renowned authorities in literature, journalism, science, the arts, history, philosophy, and politics. There are two events each year, one that is open to the community, and one that presents a visiting scholar to students and faculty during assembly and classroom sessions. These scholar visits are one of the ways Brentwood School fulfills its mission of promoting personal and intellectual growth for all members of our community.

Brentwood School was pleased to welcome Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to our campus on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

"Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. He is also one of a handful of influential and respected black men in America who has a national platform as a regular contributing columnist for Time Magazine and The Washington Post,where he shares his thoughts on some of the most socially relevant and politically controversial topics facing our nation today. His current projects are an HBO documentary film, Minority of One: The Life Story of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and his debut novel Mycroft Holmes—a mystery novel and the first of an action/mystery series based on Sherlock Holmes's savvy older brother." —

Past Lecturers

Maya Angelou

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Frank McCourt
Jeanne Kirkpatrick
Edward Albee
Leah Rabin
Kurt Vonnegut
Amy Tan
Leon Panetta
Joyce Carol Oates
William Styron
Tony Kushner
Edward O. Wilson
Stephen Carter
Alice Walker
Alice Sebold
Eric Schlosser
Margaret Atwood
Jhumpa Lahiri
Daniel Pink
Lisa See
Ray Kurzweil
Ira Glass
Malcolm Gladwell
Khaled Hosseini
Gloria Steinem
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Past Visiting Scholars

Clayborne Carson

Billy Collins
Harvey Cox
Wade Davis
Gus Lee
Luis Rodriguez
Orville Schell
Tobias Wolff
Mark Mathabane

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