• Distinguished Speaker Series

    Sponsored by the Social Studies Department and generous community support, the JHS Distinguished Speaker Series brings four dynamic speakers to our school. All events begin on campus at 7:00 pm; see below for locations. All events are free and open to our school community.  If you are interested in helping sponsor future events or would like more information, contact Social Studies teacher Brian McDonald 919-560-3912 ext. 12721 or brian.mcdonald@dpsnc.net


     WED. JANUARY 30, 2019 – Steve Schewel (Mayor of Durham) - School Cafeteria

    Dr. Schewel was elected Durham’s Mayor in 2017. His “professional experience includes work as the president of The Independent Weekly and as a visiting assistant professor for the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke...He has also served as the chair of the Durham Tech Community Foundation, the vice chair of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education, the founder of Crayons2Calculators, and a member of the boards of the Durham Arts Council, the Durham Public Education Network, the Rural Advancement Fund, and the Urban Ministries of Durham.” Source: Ballotpedia

    WED. FEBRUARY 13, 2019 – Pierce Freelon (Professor, Director, Musician, and Producer) - Auditorium

    “Born and raised in Durham, Pierce Freelon is a professor, director, musician, Emmy-Award winning producer, and former candidate for mayor of Durham.  He founded Blackspace, a digital maker space where youth learn about music, film and coding. He is the writer, composer and co-director of a film series called History of White People in America, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. In 2012 he co-founded Beat Making Lab, a PBS web-series, which took him from community centers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to making beats with…Jane Goodall. You can follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/piercefreelonSource: Pierce Freelon

    At the Feb. 13 talk, Mr. Freelon discussed the upcoming event at Motorco on Feb. 23. Click here for more information.


    TUES. MARCH 19, 2019 – Dr. Sarah Gaither (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Duke) - Front Lobby

    “Dr. Sarah Gaither is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and a faculty affiliate at the Cook Center on Social Equity and the Center on Health and Society at Duke University…she studies how contact with diverse others shapes social interactions how having multiple racial or multiple social identities affects different types of social behavior and categorizations of others, and what contexts shape the development of racial perceptions and biases from childhood through adulthood.” Source: Sarah Gaither

    WED. APRIL 17, 2019 – Panel Discussion on the Desegregation of Jordan High School - Front Lobby

    Jordan High School opened as the first desegregated school in Durham County in 1963 and experienced a transformation in the 1960s and 1970s. Former students, teachers, and community members will share their experiences and memories of desegregation at our school. The panel will be moderated by Brian McDonald, author of Not the end, But the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School, 1963-1988. This event will be preceded by the opening of the Jordan High School Archives at 6:00pm in our school library.