Distinguished Speakers Podcasts
As part of our overall academic enrichment, we are fortunate to welcome to campus authors, business leaders, religious leaders, and artists from all disciplines as distinguished guest lecturers throughout the year. The following is a list organized by month and year.
Teacher, Author, Inspirational SpeakerEdwina Gateley shares stories from her life teaching the poor in Africa, Chicago and around the world.
Recorded: Mon, 9 December 2013
MusiciansPurely Acoustic is made up of three sisters, Tabitha, Erin and Hannah Fleenor. They reside in Northwest GA.
Recorded: Mon, 11 November 2013
Concert PianistPianist Stephen Wilber has been hailed for the "freshness and refinement" of his playing and for his "force, imagination, feelings, and lyricism" (Edita de Arad, Romania).
Recorded: Mon, 28 October 2013
Entrepreneur, Founder, The Walnut GroupEntrepreneur Jimmy Gould speaks to students in chapel.
Recorded: Mon, 14 October 2013
Poet, Teacher, AuthorPeter Nevland has performed thousands of shows on 5 continents, produced 7 CDs, 2 DVDs, 2 books and over 700 poems since he left his job as an engineer at Motorola on September 30, 2001
Recorded: Mon, 7 October 2013
Coach Phillip Fulmer
UT Head Football Coach, 1992-2008Legendary UT football Coach Phillip Fulmer kicks off spirit week at Baylor.
Recorded: Mon, 30 September 2013
Documentary Photographer, Photo-journalistAlison Wright, a New York based documentary photographer, has spent a career capturing the universal human spirit through her photographs and writing.
Recorded: Mon, 23 September 2013
Alison Goldstein Lebovitz
Author, Television Host, Non-profit ExecutiveAlison Goldstein Lebovitz is an author, television host, speaker, and nonprofit executive who believes that each of us has the power and responsibility to make this world a better place.
Recorded: Mon, 16 September 2013
Cushman Lecture SeriesBest-selling author A.J. Jacobs has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, The Colbert Report and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Recorded: Mon, 6 May 2013
CEO & President, Chattanooga Area Food BankMaeghan has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years. She serves as CEO and President of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
Recorded: Mon, 22 April 2013
Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein
Teacher, Preacher, Community leaderRabbi Micah D. Greenstein has served Temple Israel and was named by Memphis Magazine as one of the city’s most significant leaders.
Recorded: Mon, 8 April 2013
CEO, First Things FirstAs a passionate advocate for healthy marriage and family, Mrs. Baumgardner frequently speaks on these issues both locally and nationally.
Recorded: Mon, 18 March 2013
FCDThe Parent Alliance hosted FCD consultant James Lingo for a special parent presentation on substance abuse prevention.
Recorded: Mon, 25 February 2013
People Operations, GoogleBrittan Berry talks about her experiences working with orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDs in South Africa's rural townships.
Recorded: Mon, 25 February 2013
The Central Park JoggerTrisha Meili shares her amazing story of survival and recovery.
Recorded: Wed, 13 February 2013
Renowned Pianist, ConductorThe Baylor School Fine Arts Department hosted internationally renowned pianist Walter Hautzig who performed in chapel.
Recorded: Mon, 11 February 2013
Speaker, Writer, Artist, FacilitatorFor more than 20 years, Natalie Daise has developed and facilitated interactive learning experiences for organizations, educators, students, and audiences in schools, universities, conferences, and other venues.
Recorded: Mon, 4 February 2013
History Department Lecture Series
Dr. Woody RegisterDr. Register, a professor at Sewanee, the University of the South, spoke about the creation of the American amusement industry.
Recorded: Tue, 29 January 2013
Speaker, Writer, Founder, The BeanStalk ProjectJoel Hilchey is a speaker, writer, and the founder of The Beanstalk Project (a youth engagement initiative to promote global citizenship, develop youth leadership, and create positive social change).
Recorded: Mon, 28 January 2013
Naomi Tutu - MLK Day Celebration
Human Rights ActivistHuman rights activist Naomi Tutu delivered the keynote for Baylor School's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.
Recorded: Fri, 18 January 2013
Rabbi Bill S. Tepper
Mizpah Congregation, ChattanoogaRabbi Bill S. Tepper, a native of Toronto, is the 17th Rabbi to lead the historic Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga.
Recorded: Mon, 14 January 2013
Jack Stanford Memorial Service
Baylor Community, Family, FriendsA memorial service was held in the Alumni Chapel to celebrate and honor the life and many contributions of Jack Stanford.
Recorded: Mon, 10 December 2012
Annie M. Paul
Author, JournalistAnnie Murphy Paul is an author, journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better.
Recorded: Mon, 10 December 2012
Louis “Kayo” Erwin
WW II VeteranLocal WW II veteran Louis “Kayo” Erwin, 87, shared a detailed accounting of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis (July 30, 1945) and his incredible story of survival with Bob Olson’s World War II class.
Recorded: Tue, 4 December 2012
James L Catanzaro
President of Chattanooga StateDr. James L. Catanzaro, President of Chattanooga State speaks in Chapel.
Recorded: Mon, 3 December 2012
Musician, SongwriterIn two decades of writing and performing, Kyle Matthews has emerged as one of Christian music’s most outstanding and unique songwriters.
Recorded: Mon, 29 October 2012
Rev. Dan Scott
Baylor ChaplainRev. Dan Scott shares perspectives and stories from his many years of working with students and parents.
Recorded: Mon, 15 October 2012
Invisible Children Presentation
National VolunteersInvisible Children Uganda (ICU) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for war-affected northern Ugandans by providing access to quality education and improved livelihoods.
Recorded: Mon, 1 October 2012
Rev. Lou Parsons
Assisi Episcopal ChurchThe Reverend Louisa “Lou” Tucker Parsons is currently rector of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Ooltewah, Tennessee.
Recorded: Mon, 24 September 2012
Dr. Arun Gandhi addresses Middle School
Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Non-violence AdvocateDr. Arun Gandhi speaks with Middle School students plus students from other visiting schools. Dr. Gandhi carries on the work of Mahatma Gandhi teaching his message of nonviolence in cities around the world.
Recorded: Wed, 19 September 2012
Dr. Arun Gandhi
Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Non-violence AdvocateDr. Arun Gandhi speaks with the Baylor community during a special chapel event. Dr. Gandhi carries on the work of Mahatma Gandhi teaching his message of nonviolence in cities around the world.
Recorded: Wed, 19 September 2012
Basketball Coach, SpeakerCoach Jerry Faulkner, former Charlotte Latin (NC) Head Boys Basketball Coach, won over 700 games at the high school level.
Recorded: Mon, 17 September 2012
Ryan Long and Alathea
Songwriters, MusiciansMusicians Ryan Long and singer/songwriter duo Alathea perform in chapel.
Recorded: Mon, 7 May 2012
Head Coach, ESPN AnalystBill Curry has spent his entire adult life as a leader and communicator. His NFL career included two Super Bowl titles and a stint as the President of the NFL Players Association.
Recorded: Mon, 30 April 2012
Chinese Folk Musicians
China Ocean UniversityThe highly acclaimed virtuoso players of Chinese Folk Music recently performed for Baylor School music and Chinese classes.
Recorded: Fri, 20 April 2012
Concert PianistAustrian concert pianist Walter Hautzig performs with Baylor’s orchestra under the direction of Tom Schow.
Recorded: Mon, 16 April 2012
Jennifer Pharr Davis
Cushman Lecture SeriesJennifer has hiked over 11,000 miles of Long Distance Trails on 6 continents and currently holds endurance records on the Appalachian Trail, Long Trail and Bibbulmun Track.
Recorded: Mon, 2 April 2012
Zan Guerry Tennis Center Dedication
Scott Wilson, Zan Guerry, Special GuestsParents, alumni, and friends of Baylor attended the dedication of an expansive new tennis center in honor of Zan Guerry ’67.
Recorded: Sat, 31 March 2012
President, Chattanooga Times Free PressJason Taylor, President of the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper, is one of the most dynamic and accomplished leaders in his industry.
Recorded: Mon, 26 March 2012
Athletics TrainerEddie Davis shares his reflections about the worst thing that ever happened in his life - the loss of his wife and beloved Baylor community member Janie Davis.
Recorded: Mon, 27 February 2012
Executive Director, One RevolutionChris Waddell, the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history, shares his inspiring story during a special chapel presentation.
Recorded: Wed, 22 February 2012
Todd Etter '86
Scholarship Dinner KeynoteTodd Etter '86, who is one of the founding employees and partner of the non-traditional investment advice company known as the Motley Fool was the keynote speaker at Baylor's annual scholarship dinner
Recorded: Tue, 21 February 2012
Karl Dewayne Gardner
Actor, Director, Destiny TheaterKarl D. Gardner…presents "African American Theatre: Yesterday and Today," as part of Baylor's African American Read-in
Recorded: Mon, 6 February 2012
Dr. Ernest Morrell
Professor, Writer, ProducerDr. Ernest Morell, Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Recorded: Fri, 13 January 2012
Westminster ChoirDuring Colloquium, upper school students enjoyed a special concert by the Westminster Choir College, one of the top collegiate choirs in the country.
Recorded: Thu, 12 January 2012
Dr. Grady Butler
College Dean, Morehouse CollgeGrady Butler was arrested in October 1960 for attempting to eat at a restaurant in Rich’s in Atlanta. He spent several days in the Fulton County jail along with his cellmate, Martin Luther King, Jr
Recorded: Mon, 5 December 2011
Dr. Clifford Kuhn
Author, Trainer, Personal CoachDr. Clifford Kuhn presents concepts from his latest book "All Starts With A Smile: Seven Steps to Being Happier Right Now"
Recorded: Mon, 24 October 2011
Dr. James L. Catanzaro
President, Chattanooga State Community CollegeDr. James L. Catanzaro speaks on what it takes to be happy.
Recorded: Mon, 17 October 2011
Vanderbilt UniversityAmy-Jill Levine is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
Recorded: Mon, 3 October 2011
Teammates MatterProject Teammates Matter exists to put perspective back into sports by promoting TEAM in school communities throughout the country.
Recorded: Mon, 19 September 2011
Rev. Brian Davis
PastorBrian is currently on staff at First Centenary United Methodist Church and pastor for the contemporary service called The Vine.
Recorded: Mon, 9 May 2011
Cushman Fellows Lecture SeriesTucker Carrington, the executive director of the Mississippi Innocence Project shared insights from his work with two wrongly convicted men
Recorded: Mon, 2 May 2011
Associate Protection Officer, United NationsKelleen serves in Bogotá, Colombia, working to prevent displacement and to ensure protection for refugees
Recorded: Mon, 25 April 2011
Reverend Charles Hasty, Jr.
PastorRev. Charles “Chuck” Hasty, Jr. spoke at chapel about the value of appreciating the opportunity of each day.
Recorded: Mon, 18 April 2011
Betsy Barks Cox
Writer, TeacherBetsy Barks Cox, who will be inducted this year into the Fellowship of Southern Writers speaks at a special assembly.
Recorded: Wed, 13 April 2011
Professor, Finlandia UniversityRene Johnson came to Finlandia University in Hancock, Mich. in 2005 after 12 years of teaching in the African countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tarzania.
Recorded: Mon, 11 April 2011
Musician, Former Faculty MemberFormer faculty member Ed Huey wows the crowd with his musical prowess
Recorded: Mon, 4 April 2011
The Von D. Oehmig Sports Performance Center Dedication
School Officials, Donors, GuestsThe Von D. Oehmig Sports Performance Center was officially dedicated on March 11.
Recorded: Wed, 16 March 2011
College Forum 2011
Panel of College Deans and DirectorsThe Baylor School College Forum is a unique opportunity for both juniors and their parents to learn first-hand about the college admissions process
Recorded: Sat, 19 February 2011
LaFrederick M. Thirkill
Educator, Playwright, Actor, MusicianA distinguished local educator, playwright, actor, and musician, LaFrederick M.Thirkill serves an assistant principal at Apison Elementary School.
Recorded: Mon, 7 February 2011
Athletic Recruiting Program
Administrators from several collegesThe Athletic and College Counseling Offices sponsored an Athletic Recruiting Program for all Baylor upper school students and their parents.
Recorded: Mon, 31 January 2011
Br. Ron Fender
Outreach Manager, Community KitchenBr. Ron Fender is a vowed member of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory, a religious order in the Episcopal Church. He serves as the outreach case manager at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.
Recorded: Mon, 31 January 2011
MLK Day Concluding Celebration
Love, Peace and Happiness, Faculty & StudentsThe Baylor community enjoyed wrapping up our 17th annual MLK "Day On" celebration with a lively event led by faculty member Ken Parks and his band, Love, Peace, and Happiness.
Recorded: Mon, 17 January 2011
MLK Day Celebration KeynoteFormer Memorial Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Ruth Brinkley was the featured guest speaker for Baylor School’s 17th annual “MLK Day On” celebration
Recorded: Mon, 17 January 2011
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch
CEO, Author, Global LeadershipTheodore Roosevelt Malloch discusses his upcoming PBS documentary on ethical leadership in business. Introduction by Baylor alumni Lauren Templeton.
Recorded: Fri, 10 December 2010
Pat Bassett - TAIS Keynote
President, NAISPat Bassett, president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) opened the TAIS conference speaking on "The Three Essential Questions for Creating 21st Century Schools.”
Recorded: Mon, 8 November 2010
Holmes Rolston III
Professor, Environmental EthicsHolmes Rolston III is University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University. He is unanimously regarded as a founder of the field of environmental ethics
Recorded: Mon, 25 October 2010
Senior Fellow on Leadership, Ethics, and IntegrityMr. Krogh currently serves as a Senior Fellow on Leadership, Ethics, and Integrity at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
Recorded: Mon, 11 October 2010
Motivational Speaker on Tolerance
Motivational speaker Marc Elliot speaks about the importance of tolerance.
Recorded: Thu, 7 October 2010
Native American MusicianJohn Two-Hawks is a Grammy-and-Emmy nominated, Platinum-Award winning musician whose music has been featured in movies by Fox Searchlight, films by HBO, and programs by The History Channel.
Recorded: Tue, 28 September 2010
Col. Tommy Preston
Chaplain, US ArmyCol. Tommy Preston speaks about the importance of heroes in the military and in everyday life.
Recorded: Mon, 20 September 2010
Dr. Susan O. Underwood
Poet, Creative Writing ProfessorSusan O'Dell Underwood directs the creative writing program at Carson-Newman College and also teaches courses in poetry, short fiction, and Appalachian literature
Recorded: Mon, 13 September 2010
Start of School Address
Dr. Herb Barks ‘51Dr. Herb Barks ’51 speaks at chapel about the true nature of intelligence.
Recorded: Mon, 30 August 2010
Olu Q. Menjay
Headmaster, Ricks School, AfricaOlu Q. Menjay speaks to students about the power of investing in small things that change our world.
Recorded: Mon, 26 April 2010
Cancer Survivor, Mountain ClimberSean Swarner, a two-time cancer survivor recounts his inspiring story of climbing the 7 highest mountains in each of the seven continents.
Recorded: Tue, 6 April 2010
Michael Golden ’67
Vice Chairman of the New York Times CompanyMichael Golden ’67, Vice Chairman of the New York Times Company speaks at Baylor’s annual scholarship dinner.
Recorded: Thu, 18 March 2010
Rob and Jennifer Rice
Humanitarian PilotsRob and Jennifer Rice share about their recent relief efforts in Haiti via their aviation company Great Commission Air.
Recorded: Mon, 1 March 2010
Author, Inspirational SpeakerBest–selling author and inspirational keynote speaker, Roger Crawford speaks at Chapel about how to turn the pessimism of “I can’t” into the unstoppable power of “I can.”
Recorded: Tue, 23 February 2010
Duke University ChaplainImam Abdullah Antepli is the Muslim Chaplain at Duke University.
Recorded: Mon, 8 February 2010
Kenneth Hoats at Parent Alliance
Education CounselorBaylor parents attended a special program featuring Kenneth Hoats on “Raising a Resilient Child: Giving your Child an Effective Philosophy of Life.”
Recorded: Mon, 1 February 2010
Education CounselorA licensed professional counselor and certified educational counselor, Hoats speaks with students on leadership and developing an effective philosophy of life.
Recorded: Mon, 1 February 2010
The Power of Words
Rabbi Ken KanterRabbi Ken Kanter, Director of the Rabbinical School for the Hebrew Union College speaks to Baylor students about the power of words.
Recorded: Wed, 27 January 2010
Tennis Greats Visit
Melanie Oudin & the Bryan BrothersBaylor students were treated to a visit from some world-class tennis greats, rising star Melanie Oudin and five-time world champions Bob and Mike Bryan.
Recorded: Thu, 3 December 2009
Champion Wrestler, AuthorChampion wrestler and author, Kyle Maynard, who was born without arms or legs, spoke to Baylor students Monday in chapel.
Recorded: Mon, 16 November 2009
Joe Gawrys Receives Conrow Miller Award
Joe & the Baylor CommunityJoe Gawrys was on campus to receive this year’s Conrow Miller award, which was presented in assembly by Tim Larramore, Yasmine Kangles Key, and Kristen Jenkins, members of the class of 1999.
Recorded: Fri, 6 November 2009
American Kurdish Information NetworkKani Xulam, founder of the American Kurdish Information Network speaks to students about the plight of the Kurdish people in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.
Recorded: Mon, 26 October 2009
Alumni Awards Banquet
Honorees & GuestsBaylor honored 14 individuals at the annual Alumni Awards Banquet as part of the school’s Alumni Weekend festivities.
Recorded: Sat, 3 October 2009
Dr. Stephen Post
Professor, AuthorStephen Post, author of the book "Why Good Things Happen to Good People", shares with students some of the thoughts and research around what makes people happy
Recorded: Mon, 28 September 2009
A Challenge to the Class of 2010
Dr. Herb Barks '51Former headmaster Dr. Herb Barks '51 addresses the Class of 2010.
Recorded: Mon, 31 August 2009
Senior Luncheon KeynoteVeteran Latin instructor Floyd Celapino muses on linoleum and the difference between life and living at the class of 2009 luncheon.
Recorded: Mon, 18 May 2009
Harrison Hall Dedication
School Officials & GuestsSchool officials cut the ribbon for Baylor's new Harrison Hall dormitory.
Recorded: Fri, 8 May 2009
Scott Wilson '75
Incoming HeadmasterIn his keynote Chapel address to Baylor students, faculty, and staff, Scott Wilson '75 looks back to his days as a student
Recorded: Mon, 27 April 2009
Lauren Templeton '94
Principal, Lauren Templeton Capital Management
Recorded: Tue, 21 April 2009
Dr. Bill Stacy
HeadmasterHeadmaster Dr. Bill Stacy delivered a farewell message today to the student body, Introduction by Chairman Zan Guerry.
Recorded: Mon, 20 April 2009
Poet, Author, EssayistPoet, essayist, farmer, and novelist Wendell Berry visited classes and spoke to Baylor students about sustainable land use and the importance of community
Recorded: Thu, 2 April 2009
Professor of History, UTCWilfred M. McClay is the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence and Professor of History in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Recorded: Mon, 26 January 2009
Civil Rights LeaderStating that America is a great nation "because of our diversity and not in spite of it," Civil Rights leader Morris Dees spoke to more than 1,300 members of the Baylor community
Recorded: Mon, 19 January 2009
Coach, ExecutiveIn 13 years as the Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association, Grant Teaff has become one of the most effective administrators in intercollegiate athletics.
Recorded: Mon, 27 October 2008
Bill Cushman ’59
Baylor Teacher - RetiredA Baylor graduate himself, Bill Cushman '59 taught generations of Baylor students the importance of both knowing and feeling and the value of both experiencing and imagining during his 44 years on the Baylor faculty
Recorded: Mon, 29 September 2008
Minister, AuthorWill Bowen has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, The ABC Evening News, Fox News Channel and in hundreds of TV and radio interviews
Recorded: Mon, 15 September 2008
Christian SongwriterOne of Christian music's most prolific songwriters, Kyle Matthews performs in the Chapel.’
Recorded: Mon, 8 September 2008
A Challenge to the Class of 2009
Dr. Herb Barks '51Baylor’s third headmaster, Dr. Herb Barks speaks to the class of 2009.
Recorded: Mon, 25 August 2008
Substance Abuse ExpertJeff Wolfsberg, an expert on adolescent substance abuse issues, speaks with Middle School parents
Recorded: Thu, 22 May 2008
Dr. Herb Barks '51
Former HeadmasterFormer Headmaster Dr. Herb Barks '51, keynotes our Scholarship Dinner
Recorded: Tue, 15 April 2008
Coleman Barks '55
Poet, Author, TranslatorPoet and author Coleman Barks '55 shared his poetry with students.
Recorded: Mon, 14 April 2008
Sylvia MackeyA talk to Baylor students today regarding using life's adversity as a way to create something positive for others
Recorded: Mon, 31 March 2008
Founder - Building Men and Women for OthersFormer NFL player Joe Ehrmann spoke to Baylor students regarding finding the meaning, value, and purpose of life.
Recorded: Mon, 3 March 2008
Bishop William H. Willimon
United Methodist ChurchBishop Willimon speaks to the upper school student body.
Recorded: Fri, 7 December 2007
Advertising Manager, BellSouthBarbara discusses the segregated culture of her childhood, her aspirations for college, and her long association with Agnes Scott College.
Recorded: Mon, 22 October 2007
Best-selling Author Pat Conroy
The Baylor ChapelPat Conroy, the author of "Prince of Tides," "The Great Santini," “The Lords of Discipline” and numerous other best-selling novels
Recorded: Mon, 8 October 2007
Class of '67 Economics Leaders Panel
Jim Frierson, Zan Guerry, Rob Mayfield, Hal Bosworth, Rick EstabrookThe Class of '67 presented a panel discussion for one of Baylor's economics classes.
Recorded: Fri, 5 October 2007
Dr. Herb Barks '51
Former HeadmasterDr. Herb Barks '51 addressed Baylor students in chapel about the essence of Baylor.
Recorded: Mon, 27 August 2007