Fenn Speaks


A Small Good Thing is a feature documentary that tells the stories of six 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, their families, the natural world, and to the greater good.

Three of these stories follow men who served in the armed forces and have now shifted to service of a different kind; Sean Stanton finds his calling in farming, Tim Durrin becomes a social work student and Mark Gerow a yoga teacher. Jen and Pete Salinetti, a college-educated couple with two small children, have chosen to be farmers as a way to connect with their community, and Shirley Edgerton is a community activist and founder of both the Youth Alive Step Team and the Women of Color Giving Circle.

Register for the May 31st screening of A Small Good Thing, Directed by Fenn Parent, Pamela Tanner Boll '03, '04, '06. 




 Race to Nowhere, screening and discussion 

January 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Jafari Library, The Fenn School

Race to Nowhere is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Named by TakePart.com as one of “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss," Race to Nowhere brings communities together to spark dialogue and galvanize change in America’s schools. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve, Race to Nowhere points to a silent epidemic in our schools. Through the testimony of educators, parents, and education experts, it reveals an education system in which cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

 Beyond Measure, (a sequel to Race to Nowhere), screening and discussion

January 21st at 6:30 p.m.
Jafari Library, The Fenn School

Beyond Measure lays bare the striking evidence that America’s obsessive achievement culture is making our children sicker, not smarter. And front and center are promising solutions — the stories of courageous communities around the country who are working together to break free from achieve-at-all-costs expectations. With in-depth research, personal anecdotes, and a dose of common sense, it shows communities how to realize their collective power to change the system to better reflect our true values: health, happiness, and genuine learning for our children.

 Luba Feigenberg, "Children and Moral Development"

October 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Jafari Library, The Fenn School

Want to help your child be caring and respectful? Struggling with how to talk about challenging ethical issues? This workshop will provide information about social, emotional, and ethical development and describe the skills that contribute to children’s success in school and in life. We will pay particular attention to the unique challenges facing boys in the middle school years. You will hear concrete strategies based in research about how to build empathy and perspective-taking, and how to help children be more compassionate in their everyday interactions. We will also talk about how to address more sensitive ethical issues at home, at school, and in our communities. 

 David McCullough, Jr. "You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements"

November 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Ward Hall, The Fenn School 

A graduate of Lafayette College and the Bread Loaf School of English, David McCullough, Jr. taught for sixteen years at Punahou School in Honolulu, and since 2002 at Wellesley High School near Boston. His 2012 commencement speech at the latter quickly went viral and became something of an international sensation. In April of 2014 he published the bestselling You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements, an elaboration on the speech in book form for teenagers and anyone with an interest in them—which has been published in Asia and Europe as well. He has written for The Boston GlobeNewsweek and other publications, and appeared on CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, PBS and NPR. Son of the acclaimed historian, McCullough lives with his wife Janice and their four children in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

 Bruce Feiler, "The Secrets of a Happy Family"

November 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Ward Hall, The Fenn School

Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular voices on contemporary life. He writes the “This Life” column for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Abraham and The Council of Dads. His most recent book, The Secrets of Happy Families, is a bold playbook for families today. It collects best practices for busy parents from some of the country’s most creative minds, including tops designers in Silicon Valley, elite peace negotiators, and the Green Berets. Featured on World News, Nightline, GMA, the Today Show, and TED, and excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Parade, the book was a Top 5 New York Times bestseller. Come listen to him discuss the ideas he encountered when he set-out to search for the Happy Family. 

Fenn Speaks Calendar

  • November 2016
    • ThuNov03 Speaker - Michael Thompson 7:30 PM


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