Guest Speakers

Every year our programs invite a special selection of guest speakers – successful men and women drawn from very different walks of life – to engage with students on a wide variety of political, economic, social, artistic, academic, and literary topics. 


Listed below are some of the speakers from recent summers.

Jay Duplass

Award-winning actor, writer, and director, Jay Duplass broke into the industry with a series of short films written and directed alongside his brother, Mark Duplass. Their 2005 film, The Puffy Chair, was a success at Sundance and South by Southwest, where they won the audience award for best film. Together, the brothers have written, directed and produced films such as, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Cyrus, and Baghead as well as the HBO series Room 104. Additionally, Jay is known for his acting work in the acclaimed Amazon show, Transparent, Hulu’s The Mindy Project, and the film Beatriz at Dinner.


    Dr. Robert Klapper

    Dr. Klapper is the Director of the Joint Replacement Program in Orthopaedic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. A leader in minimally-invasive surgical technique, Dr. Klapper holds six patents on specially designed instruments used in the procedure around the world. He was the orthopedic consultant to the television show ER and is the host of ESPN Radio’s Weekend Warrior show. A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Klapper is also a published author, sculptor, and surfer.