First Thursdays with Peter and Special Guests, Season Three

12.1.16 | Criminal Justice in Cleveland: “Stop and Frisk”?  SOLD OUT
with Dan Margolis ’86, Northeast Ohio Criminal Defense Attorney, and Jeff Daberko ’86, Sergeant, Case Western Reserve Police Department

1.5.17 | Why Your Meds Are So Very Expensive  SOLD OUT
with Will Lewis ’86, President and CEO of Insmed

2.2.17 | Women in Medicine  SOLD OUT
with Dr. Debra Leizman ’78 and Dr. Brooke Buckley ’94

3.2.17 | Seven Emmys?!  SOLD OUT
with producer, director and writer, Jim Margolis ’89

4.13.17 | Too Many Restaurants in Cleveland?  SOLD OUT
with Chefs Douglas Katz ’88 and Chris Hodgson ’04

5.4.17 | The Phoenix Program in Vietnam and American Special Operations Forces  
with Mark Moyar ’89, author of Phoenix and the Birds of Prey and Director of the Center for Military and Diplomatic History

About Peter Scott

English teacher, author, and outdoorsman Peter Scott has been teaching and writing at Hawken since 1974. His classes, books, stories, and friendship have been cornerstones of the Hawken community.
In celebration of our Centennial year and by special arrangement with the Alumni Office, Peter partnered with friends and colleagues to design a monthly seminar series highlighting some of his old favorite topics as well as engaging new material.
These unique seminars for Hawken alumni and friends took place the first Thursday of each month in two seasons, 2014-15 and 2015-16, and will continue from December through May for the 2016-2017 season. Recordings are available below.
For more information contact the Alumni Office at 440-423-2066 or

First Thursdays With Peter, Archived Sessions

Seven Emmys?! 
with producer, director and writer, Jim Margolis ’89 

Women in Medicine 

Why Your Meds Are So Very Expensive

Criminal Justice

Cezanne and Merleau-Ponty

with Bro Adams, Chairman of the National Endowmen for the Humanities

The Cambodian Killing Fields
with Socheat Som ’91, A Survivor

Current Literature: Great Reads
With Wendy Morton Hudson '86, Owner of Mitchell's Book Corner & Nantucket Bookworks

In Our Time by Hemingway: Peter's Favorite Book!

America's Elite Soldiers: US Army Rangers and USAF Pararescue
with Alex Calfee '92 and Brinton Lincoln '94

A Rabbi, a Priest and an Atheist Get Talking...
with Reverend Hall Kirkham ’83 & Rabbi Andy Vogel ‘86
with Dr. Barron Lerner ‘78, author of The Good Doctor

with Dr. William "Bro" Adams

with Dr. Jonathan Fanaroff ’87

Per requests from several alumni, we will discuss Flannery O’Connor’s inimitable style and content, her belief in violent grace, and her short stories “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”

From Saul the Pharisee and Temple Guard to Paul the devotee of Christ and the Resurrection; from the road to Damascus to the letters to the Romans and justification by faith. Narrative and slides.

Reading and discussing passages from The Things They Carried and In the Lake of the Woods will end with a Skype Q and A session with the author.

Bring to class a Dickinson poem you find wonderful or entirely incomprehensible. We will put it up for all to read and see if we can decipher it, or just celebrate it. Dickinson resources and brief bio included.

with Michael Jaffe ’82

Sacrifice: Abraham of Isaac; God of Jesus
A test of faith and an act of love. Narrative with Peter; slides of paintings with Denise Buckley.

Event Details

First Thursday of the Month between December and May
6-7:30 pm

The Sally & Bob Gries Center in University Circle
10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

Andrea Hocevar ’01, Director of Alumni Engagement
Season 3 Pricing
Full 6 session package - $220
3 session package - $135
Individual sessions - $50/per class
Young Alumni - $25/per class for alumni between class of 2002-2016

Hawken School | Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106