It’s about time: director Ava DuVernay promotes activism

Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Ava DuVernay urged students and faculty members to help overcome societal prejudices and recognize their own privilege at the all-school Brown Family Assembly on Monday. As the first woman of color to direct a $100 million film with her most recent movie, “A Wrinkle in Time,” DuVernay emphasized the importance […]

Composer speaks at annual Brown Family Assembly

Composer speaks at annual Brown Family Assembly

World-renowned composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adès performed pieces from his opera, “The Tempest,” and shared his experiences with international composition today at an upper school assembly as the annual Brown Family Speaker. Adès began composing at 19 years old after winning second place at a national piano competition, in England. In 1995, his opera, […]

Composer Thomas Adès to speak at assembly Monday

Composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adès will speak as the Brown Family Speaker at an upper school assembly Monday. Adès is an award-winning and internationally recognized orchestral composer who regularly performs at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the Boston Symphony, among other international orchestras. His most notable solo piano and […]

Mayor Eric Garcetti '88 urges students to help city

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ’88 urged students to help the city and “be the angels of the City of Angels” as the Brown Family Speaker at an assembly March 23. “In many ways you are on the most beautiful island there is: Harvard-Westlake, but it is not isolated, and you must swim to shore […]

Garcetti to speak at assembly March 23

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ’88 will be featured as this year’s Brown Family Speaker during assembly March 23. Garcetti graduated from Columbia University as a John Jay Scholar in 1992. He studied at London School of Economics was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He also taught international affairs at the University of Southern […]

Dudamel to conduct at assembly

Gustavo Dudamel, the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be featured as this year’s Brown Family Speaker in an all-school assembly on Thursday, May 23. The Brown Family Speaker series was established by Linda and Abbott Brown (Russell ’94, David ’96) in 2002 to feature individuals prominent in their fields. Past speakers have included […]