50th Anniversary-Year Events

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Events that Celebrated 50 Years: 1961-2011

As part of the 50th year 2011-2012, Cambridge Friends School held a series of events, activities, and specially commissioned projects involving alumni, faculty, and current students that recognized Cambridge Friend School's past, celebrated the milestone of 50 years, and looked to inspire the future.

Spring Seminar Series

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  • 2018-2019 Seminar Series

    The 2018-2019 Seminar Series will include a special set of presentations on Quakerism, sessions on current parenting topics, and sessions on issues related to social justice. See below for specific events and registrations.
  • Example of Maggie Nelson's Art. Arms held high wearing an orange hat.

    A Collaborative Art Workshop with Maggie Nelson

    Please join us on Friday, December 7 from 3:30-5:00. You are invited to an event for the whole family - both students and grown-ups - with Maggie Nelson, Quaker artist, to explore a visual representation of Quaker faith and practice. There will be a brief presentation of her work followed by a hands-on art project for the whole family! Refreshments will be provided. Click here to register!

  • Dr. Jill Walsh

    Coming of Age in the Digital Era

    Join CFS on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm when we welcome Dr. Jill Walsh to discuss coming of age in the digital era. Jill will provide background on today's social media landscape, cyber-bullying, and real-world tips and tricks for parents to keep their children safe online. Click here to register!
  • Patricia Lotterman, LMHC

    Encouraging Self-Esteem and Managing Anxiety in Students

    Join Cambridge Friends School on Tuesday, March 29. 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm when we welcome Patricia Lotterman, LMHC. Patricia will discuss concrete ways for parents to help their children: 
    - Develop healthy self-esteem
    - Bounce back from negativity and the hard knocks of life
    - Find their center in the face of conflict and chaos
    - Seek challenge, live their dreams, and have healthy, fulfilling relationships

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  • Live Performance - beheard.world

    Date TBA Spring 2019 - Join Cambridge Friends School for a contemporary dance event with beheard.world. Beheard.world, a dance troupe that focuses on movement and poetry to explore racism in America, was founded by professional dancer, Anna Myer, CFS Class of 1970. 
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    White Fragility - A Discussion with Robin DiAngelo and Jack Hill

    On Thursday, October 25, over 250 guests attended a session with New York Times bestselling author Robin DiAngelo and CFS Head of Middle School and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Jack Hill around Robin's recent book, White Fragility. Through intense and thoughtful conversation, the audience contemplated the concept of white fragility and why it is so hard for white people to talk about race in America. 
  • Workers in Sierra Leon, farming in a field

    Quakers in Action Today

    On Tuesday, September 25 from 6:30-8:00 pm community members enjoyed an evening with Jackie Stillwell from Right Sharing of World Resources. Learn how this important organization is working to impact the lives of marginalized women all over the world.
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  • 2017-2018 Seminar Series

    Browse our offerings from the 2017-2018 Seminar Series below!
  • Alison Yaeger

    Mindful Parenting with Alison Yaeger

    Join CFS on Tuesday, May 1 for a seminar with Dr. Alison Yaeger from McLean Hospital. Alison will discuss mindfulness in parenting, starting with an information session describing the practice, followed by ways to achieve mindfulness in your own life, and finally, offer real-world applications for parents and educators to help their children and students achieve mindfulness in their lives. Click here to register.
  • Dan Levine

    RESCHEDULED - Executive Functioning with Dan Levine

    Join CFS on Tuesday, April 24 for the next edition of our Seminar Series! Dan Levine, founder of Engaging Minds, will offer a seminar on executive functioning skills for students. Parents and educators will learn what executive functioning skills are, follow case studies, and leave with real world tools they can use to help their children and students be more organized, efficient, and better manage their time. Click here to register.
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  • Steve Bumbaugh

    Southeast 67 Film and Discussion with Steve Bumbaugh

    Join CFS on Friday, April 6 for a discussion led by Steve Bumbaugh and a viewing of Southeast 67, a documentary film about 67 students growing up in Washington, D.C. in the late 1980s. They were promised scholarships through the I Have a Dream program. This film shows their journey over 20 years and offers an unprecedented look at the challenges facing kids growing up in poverty, and the role of caring relationships in determining the ultimate trajectory of our lives. It’s a window into many of the issues that continue to plague our inner cities. It is an opportunity to thoughtfully begin to address potential solutions. Click here to register. 
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  • Dr. Jill Walsh

    RESCHEDULED - A Digital Coming of Age with Dr. Jill Walsh

    On Wednesday, April 4, CFS welcomed Dr. Jill Walsh to speak about today's students, who are coming of age in the digital world. 

    Technology creates many opportunities and challenges for children and adolescents. The same is true for parents who are tasked with helping guide them through the mediated world.
    We cannot pretend that digital media does not impact our children, but in what ways and to what effects? Click here to register.
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  • MEDIAGIRLS

    On Tuesday, March 20 CFS welcomed Michelle Cove of MEDIAGIRLS. ​In MEDIAGIRL’s 60-90 minute workshop, founder and Executive Director Michelle Cove shares a new road map with concrete strategies to help parents and educators understand our kids' use of social media, and guide girls in making social media fun, healthy, and empowering. Click here to register.
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  • I am Jazz Reading and Discussion

    On Thursday, December 7, 2017, CFS joined organizations around the country for a national reading of I Am Jazz. I Am Jazz was written by HRC Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings and author Jessica Herthel and is a first-person account about being transgender. Following the reading of the book, Melissa MacNish, licensed medical health counselor, led a discussion of how parents and educators can be supportive of trans youth. 
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  • The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys

    Join us on Monday, November 20 for an evening with authors Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Jack Hill, and Debby Irving as they discuss their newly released book, The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys. The discussion will begin at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a book signing. 

    Open to the Public. $15 charge before November 15, $20 at the door. Registration is recommended.
  • 2016-2017 Seminar Series

    The 2016-2017 Seminar Series was an excellent presentation of experts in social justice, gender, and parenting. Please see below for a list of our past presentations.
  • CFS Seminar: GIRL RISING Documentary Film

    GIRL RISING Film Screening and Discussion
    April 26, 2017
    6:30 pm Seating, 7:00 pm Film
    Open to the public free of charge. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.

    "Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment. We use the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Our mission is to change the way the world values girls, ensure that girls’ education is part of the mainstream conversation and inspire action." from the GIRL RISING website View the official trailer here.

  • CFS Seminar with Dr. Jennifer Bryan

    An Evening with Dr. Jennifer Bryan, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Author
    Navigating Gender and Sexuality in Children
    March 21, 2017
    6:30pm Seating, 7:00pm Program
    Open to the public free of charge. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.

    Dr. Jennifer Bryan is a leader in conceptual and pedagogical models related to gender and sexuality in educational settings. The models she created continue to evolve, keeping pace with the profound and rapid social changes occurring every day in the culture at large. Dr. Bryan offers specialized gender and sexuality consultation to PreK-12 schools, continually expanding and refining her programs over the past 15 years. She also has published a comprehensive text From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools with Rowman and Littlefield Education.
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  • CFS Seminar with Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen

    An Evening with Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen: Psychologist and Author
    Playful Parenting: Using the Power of Play and Emotional Connection to Build Close Relationships, Solve Family Problems, and Increase Joy
    Thursday, March 9, 2017
    6:30pm Seating   7:00pm Program
    Open to the public free of charge. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.

    Learn how to harness the power of play to build relationships and improve quality of life. “Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, the author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry, is a licensed psychologist specializing in children's play and play therapy in schools, and a teacher of parenting classes and classes for daycare teachers.”

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  • CFS Seminar with Dr. Anthony Rao

    An Evening with Dr. Anthony Rao, Child Psychologist and Author
    The Way of Boys
    February 28, 2017
    6:30pm Seating, 7:00pm Program
    Open to the public free of charge. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.

    Hear from nationally-known expert in child psychology Dr. Anthony Rao, who "founded a pediatric psychology practice known for helping children without relying solely on medications." Ask your questions during the question and answer period after his talk.
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  • CFS Seminar with Debby Irving

    An Evening with Debby Irving, Author
    I'm A Good Person. Isn't That Enough?
    February 15, 2017
    6:30pm Seating, 7:00pm Program

    $15 registration by February 14, 2017; $20 at the door

    “Using historical and media images, Debby examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. Socialized on a narrow worldview, Debby explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead of questioning the racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel. This workshop is designed to support white people in making the paradigm shift from ‘fixing’ and ‘helping’ those believed to be inferior, to focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. This presentation includes pauses for reflection, dialog, and Q&A.”
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  • CFS Seminar: "I'm Not Racist... Am I?" Documentary Film

    I'm Not Racist... Am I? Film Screening and Discussion
    Liza Talusan, Discussion Facilitator
    February 8, 2017
    6:30pm Seating, 7:00pm Film
    Open to the public free of charge. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.

    I'm Not Racist... Am I? 
    • 12 New York City teens
    • 1 year talking about racism
    • 5 Intense workshops
    • Just the beginning
    View the movie. Engage the issues. Participate in discussion. Interrupt racism!
    Co-sponsored with Cambridge Montessori School.
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  • CFS Seminar with Dr. Amanda Kemp

    Evenings with Dr. Amanda Kemp
    6:30pm Seating    7:00pm Program
    Both evenings are open to the public free of charge.
    Seating is limited. Registration for each evening is recommended.


    Say the Wrong Thing! ~ A Book Reading and Musical Performance
    Featuring Theatre for Transformation Founder and Author Dr. Amanda Kemp
    with Michael Jamanis, violin and Francis Wong, Saxophone
    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Workshop: Say the Wrong Thing ~ Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    The Evenings with Dr. Amanda Kemp are funded through a generous grant from the Obadiah Brown Benevolent Fund.
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  • 2015-2016 Seminar Series

  • CFS Seminar with Peterson Toscano

    An Evening with Peterson Toscano
    Everything is Connected: An Evening of Stories - most true, many wierd

    Thursday, April 7, 2016
    Performance and Discussion

    Experience the artful, playful, outrageously funny, and deeply moving storytelling craft of Peterson Toscano. Connecting issues and ideas to bizarre personal experiences, literature, science, and even the odd Bible story, Peterson takes his audience on an off-beat mental mind trip. A shapeshifter, he transforms right before your eyes into a whole cast of comic characters who explore the serious worlds of gender, sexuality, privilege, religion, and environmental justice. His unique personal journey led him into performance art. After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy. He asks himself and his audiences unusual and stimulating questions: Who are the gender outlaws in the Bible? What is a queer response to climate change? and How can comedy help us better understand our most tragic losses? Peterson is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world. Come to laugh, think deeply, and feel more human. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.
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  • 2014-2015 Seminar Series

  • CFS Seminar with Pamela Tanner Boll

    An Evening with Pamela Tanner Boll: Filmmaker, Writer, Activist
    Monday, April 11, 2016
    "A Small Good Thing" Film Screening and Discussion
    Join us for a discussion of what it looks like to abandon the big life for the good life. View Pamela Tanner Boll’s film A Small Good Thing and discuss the issues raised by it. A Small Good Thing is a feature documentary that tells the stories of people moving away from a philosophy of “more is better” toward a more holistic conception of well-being − one based on a close connection to themselves, the natural world, and to the greater good.“ Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.
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  • CFS Seminar with Shane Bitney Crone

    Thursday, April 9, 2015: Bridegroom: A Love Story. Unequaled.
    Film Screening, Presentation, Discussion
    Join filmmaker, writer, and LGBTQ activist Shane Bitney Crone for the screening of his thought provoking film Bridegroom: A Love Story. Unequaled. After the film, listen to Shane’s presentation about the film and participate in a discussion on the issues raised. Seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase and registration is recommended. Read more below.
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  • CFS Seminar with Rey Junco

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015: Social Media Will Not Eat Your Children: Using Social Technologies for Educational Good
    While popular media would have you believe that there are few benefits to using social media in educational settings, Rey Junco's work has shown otherwise. Join us as we hear from Rey, author of the book Engaging Students Through Social Media. Drawing upon his years of research and data collection regarding student technology use, Rey will explain how social networks can be used to not only disseminate general school information, but can also provide a platform for schools to improve engagement, academic performance, and persistence amongst students. Rey will talk about how youth already use social media for informal learning and how educators can help promote these uses, minimize the negative ones, and incorporate social media into formal learning settings. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.
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  • CFS Seminar with Jonathan Rotenberg

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015: The Journey from CFS: How One Alumnus Thrived Personally and Grew Professionally
    Most of us have mentors, but how many of us had Steve Jobs for a mentor? CFS alumnus Jonathan Rotenberg, Class of 1976, did. Jonathan will talk about his journey from CFS through to present day as a successful executive coach and soon to be author of the memoir My Teacher Steve Jobs, due out in 2016. Come learn what experiences shaped Jonathan and what philosophies have guided him. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.
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  • 2013-2014 Seminar Series

    Register today for the Cambridge Friends School 2013 -2014 Seminar Series. The CFS Seminar Series is an annual event, open to the public free of charge. Registration is recommended. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • CFS Seminar with Catherine Steiner-Adair

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014: The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
    Understand the ways in which technology and media are putting children at risk at each stage of development, from infancy through young adulthood, and challenging what it means to be a family. Drawing on real life stories from her clinical work with children and families and her consulting work with educators and experts across the Country, Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution that is unfolding in their living room. The audience will learn the skills to distinguish between educational, healthy and unhealthy use, as well as practical strategies for nourishing deep attention, creativity, empathy and meaningful relationships. Registration recommended.
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  • CFS Seminar with: Ben Mardell, Kate Beal, and Lynne May Lim

    Monday, February 10, 2014: Children Are Citizens - Promoting the Right of Participation for Our Youngest Students
    Panelists Lesley University early childhood professor and Project Zero researcher Ben Mardell with Cambridge Friends School first-grade teachers Kate Beal and Lynne May Lim challenge assumptions about the capabilities of young children and provoke a conversation about the role of young children in our community. Young children—4, 5, 6 and 7-year-olds—are often seen as simply future or hypothetical citizens. Yet the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child declares that children have the rights express their “views freely in all matters affecting the child” and “participate fully in cultural and artistic life.”
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  • CFS Seminar with Neil Gershenfeld, Sherry Lassiter, and Jan Morrison

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Constructing Education
    MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms director Neil Gershenfeld, Fab Foundation director Sherry Lassiter, and CEO and president of TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM) Jan Morrison introduced the science and technology of digital fabrication and explored its impact on education. The next technological revolution has arrived, one in which individuals cannot only use computers to calculate and communicate, but also to fabricate – to engineer and assemble creations designed on a computer. Users now have the ability to make the tools they need to solve their own problems. These technologies can vastly extend and reinvigorate the best traditions of student-driven design and construction; they also can challenge our underlying assumptions about teaching and learning, assessment, and the organization of schools.
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  • 2012-2013 Seminar Series

  • CFS Seminar with Sandra Cortesi and Meredith Beaton

    Thursday, May 16, 2013: Your Child and The Internet
    Sandra Cortesi and Meredith Beaton of the Youth and Media Project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University will host a conversation on Your Child and The Internet, reflecting on common (mis)conceptions about how youth interact with digital technology, what they do online, and how they engage with others on social networking platforms. As part of this dialog, they will present some of their latest research findings based on focus group interviews and survey data collected by both the Youth and Media team and their collaborators at the Pew Research Center for Internet and American Life.
    Attendees are invited to bring questions, concerns, thoughts, and comments, as well as actively contribute to the conversation.
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  • CFS Seminar with Jessica Stern, Robin Young, and Heidi Ellis

    WBUR’s Robin Young moderates a discussion of the Roots of Radicalization: Dismantling Terror One Life At A Time with experts Jessica Stern and Heidi Ellis on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Come listen to what promises to be a compelling and informative discussion on how terrorists radicalize others or self-radicalize on the Internet, what the role of confused identity plays in this process, what we know about why young people join extremist groups, and how and why individuals form terrorist groups. Jessica’s recent work seeks to understand the vulnerabilities of certain individuals to recruitment into gangs or terror groups with an eye toward intervention and prevention. Heidi’s research focuses on how social context impacts the health and development of refugee youth. 
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  • CFS Seminar with Steven Clarke

    Environmental activist and CFS alumnus, class of 1989, Steven Clarke will discuss Environmental Stewardship and Generational Responsibility: Leadership in Massachusetts Climate Change Policy, on Monday, February 25, 2013. The CFS Spring Seminar Serie is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. 
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  • 50th Anniversary - Spring 2012 Seminar Series

  • CFS Seminar with Marshall Ganz

    Senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and social justice champion Marshall Ganz presented Moral Leadership and the Challenges We Face Today on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Ganz's book Why David Sometimes Wins was available for purchase and signing at the seminar. The CFS Spring Seminar Series is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. Registration was recommended. Seating was limited.
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  • CFS Seminar with Phil Bennett, Jim Smith, and Robin Young

    Thursday, April 5, 2012, CFS hosted a discussion on The Middle East and The Legacy of Anthony Shadid with FRONTLINE's Phil Bennett, formerly of The Washington Post, and Harvard's Belfer Center's Jim Smith, formerly of The Boston Globe, conducted by Robin Young of WBUR's Here and Now. Their conversation covered how Anthony lived and operated as a journalist and what he revealed about the Middle East. The CFS Spring Seminar Series is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. Registration is recommended. Seating is limited. Anthony Shadid's book House of Stone: A Memoir of Home Family and a Lost Middle East was available for purchase at the seminar. This event was streamed live at 7:00 p.m., over UStream TV.
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CARA All-School Book-Read

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50th Anniversary Committee

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