The Maverick Lloyd Speaker Series

Each year, the Maverick Lloyd Speaker Series welcomes pioneering speakers with a strong foundation in social justice activism and civil engagement to The Cambridge School of Weston, informing and empowering students to become active participants in promoting justice in their communities and beyond.

Introducing this year's speakers!

The Maverick Lloyd Speaker Fund is pleased to announce the 2022-23 speakers, reverend and gun control activist Sharon Washington Risher and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Erin Kelly. 

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher was catapulted into the limelight after the Charleston, SC, shooting at the
Mother Emanuel AME Church on June 17th, 2015. Her beloved mother and church sexton, Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance, was killed along with eight others, including two cousins and a childhood friend. Since that horrific tragedy, Sharon has been outspoken about American gun laws and is a national spokesperson for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense. She has met with President Barack Obama at the White House on several occasions and has been a guest speaker for several Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial events, including ours in January.

Erin I. Kelly

Erin Kelly is the 2022 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Biography for  Chasing Me to My Grave:  An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South, which she co-authored with the late artist Winfred Rembert. The memoir takes readers into Rembert's life and "summons us as readers to confront painful and urgent realities at the heart of American history and society." Chasing Me to My Grave has also earned accolades from NPR, ART News, and more.

Kelly earned her PhD from Harvard and is the Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. She specializes in ethics and criminal law and is the author of The Limits of Blame: Rethinking Punishment and Responsibility.
At CSW we have pride in our conviction that students learn from exposure to different perspectives, and that engaged citizenship requires awareness of the historical and contemporary issues that impact our world today. Guest speakers are yet another opportunity for student growth and inspiration.

The Maverick Lloyd Speaker Series — established by Arthur Berndt '68 to honor and remember Henry Demarest Lloyd (1847 – 1903) and his daughter-in-law, Lola Maverick Lloyd (1875 – 1944) — is designed to bring a wide range of pioneering speakers and thought leaders to campus to inspire learning beyond our walls and empower the CSW community to institute change around the world.

From nationally and globally recognized scientists, to artists, politicians, environmentalists, scholars and activists, the The Maverick Lloyd Speaker Series encourages us to explore a diversity of topics and perspectives, illustrating and acknowledging that we live in a complex world that exists at the intersection of many areas. Through this program we hope to inform and empower students to explore their interests and passions, envision themselves as change makers, and find ways to make meaningful change in their communities and beyond.

Henry Demarest Lloyd
Henry Demarest Lloyd was a 19th-century American progressive political activist and pioneer muckraking journalist and author. He is best remembered for his exposés on abuses of industrial monopolies, particularly Standard Oil. He was a leading figure in the progressive reform movement and a strong supporter of women's suffrage and the trade union movement. He was consistently pro-labor, defending child labor laws and the eight-hour work day. 

Lola Maverick Lloyd
Lola Maverick Lloyd was an American pacifist, suffragist, and feminist. She was one of the delegates that founded the Women's Peace Party in Washington, D.C. in 1915, which later became the American branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She was also an early supporter of the National Women's Party and was deeply involved in the international peace and world government movements during the first half of the 20th century.

The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.