About the 2021–2022 Series
CommunityEd gives Head-Royce students, families, faculty, and staff the chance to learn together. From book clubs to guest lectures, these events enrich our (currently virtual) lives. Each speaker offers a unique perspective on our school year's theme of resilience, well-being, and community connections. Join us! 



Author Ruth OzekiWednesday,  March 30

Save the date for a conversation between award-winning author, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki, our Head of School Crystal Land, and English teacher Saya McKenna. Consider ordering Ozeki's new novel The Book of Form and Emptiness, which Dave Eggers calls “a very powerful meditation on the way books can contain the chaos of the world and give it meaning and order.”

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Ruth Ozeki’s bestselling novel A Tale for the Time Being (2013) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; it has been translated and published in more than 35 countries. Her nonfiction work includes a memoir, The Face: A Time Code, and the documentary film, Halving the Bones. She is affiliated with the Everyday Zen Foun­dation and teaches creative writing at Smith College, where she is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities.




Artist Bisa Butler  2023 

Learn about artistic expression and its intersection with identity. The 19th installment of the NIA Speaker of Color Series promises to be an inspirational start to Black History Month. Renowned artist Bisa Butler will share her process––and encourage our students to express themselves through art, considering how they want to be seen. 

Butler’s quilted art—inspired by archival photographs and reimagined in full color—is currently the focus of a solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, the second stop of a traveling exhibit that began at the Katonah Museum of Art. Butler’s work has been acquired by private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is represented by the Claire Oliver Gallery of New York.

Formally trained, Butler graduated cum laude from Howard University with her BFA. She taught high school art for over ten years in New Jersey and, in 2021, Bisa was named a United States Artist Fellow. 

Learn more about Bisa Butler and her art here. Spot Butler's portrait of Tarana Burke on the cover of the author and Me Too founder's memoir Unbound


"The Princess" (2018) © Bisa Butler

What Is NIA? 
Named after the Swahili word for "purpose," NIA fosters dialogue about diversity and inclusion and raises awareness and funding for the NIA Endowed Scholarship for students of color at Head-Royce. The annual NIA Speaker of Color Series has previously welcomed Kwame Alexander, Angie Thomas, Roberta Flack, and Melba Patillo Beale and Dr. Terrance Roberts of The Little Rock Nine. Learn more about NIA’s purpose and legacy here.





Angela Davis 
Activist, Author, Scholar  

March 2021

Kwame Alexander
Author of The Crossover 

February 2021

Sunisa Manning
Author of A Good True Thai

December 2020

Florence Williams 
Author of The Nature Fix 

October 2020

Dr. Dena Simmons 
Activist, Founder of LiberatED

August 2020

Angie Thomas 
Author of The Hate U Give 

February 2020

The CommunityEd Speaker Series is brought to you in partnership
with the Head-Royce Parents' Association.