Kent Denver's Speaker Series, sponsored by the Walker Institute for Wellness, offers students, parents and guardians, and faculty and staff opportunities to learn from renowned authors and researchers in child and adolescent development and psychology.


Below are the 2022–23 Walker Institute for Wellness Speaker Series guests this school year:

Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 p.m., Anschutz Family Theatre

Julie Lythcott-Haims
Author Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. Her work encompasses writing, speaking, teaching, mentoring, and activism.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult which gave rise to a popular TED Talk. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. Her third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, has been called a “ground-breakingly frank” guide to adulthood.

Following her evening presentation, Julie will sign copies of Your Turn ($21.99) and How to Raise an Adult ($17.99). Please bring cash or check if you wish to purchase one or both of her books!

Student Assembly Topic: Your Turn: How to Be an Adult
ParentTopic: How to Raise an Adult


Monday, October 10: Upper School Assembly 

Diana Kapp
Journalist Diana Kapp has crisscrossed this country writing for and about empowered girls, girls who expect to be leaders, founders and inventors. The book Girls Who Green the World takes it a step further. It says to girls: while you’re striving to be CEOs and world leaders, consider solving the biggest challenge of our lifetime, too—because you can do both at the same time, and here are 34 women doing just that.


Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 p.m., Zoom with Parents & Guardians—Register Here

Matthew Walker
Dr. Matthew Walker is a former Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Dr. Walker is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Why We Sleep, which was recently selected for the prestigious Sundance Book Festival. Why We Sleep has a singular goal: to reunite humanity with sleep. The book provides a complete description of, and prescription for, sleep. It answers critical questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during dreaming? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Why are sleep pills linked to a higher risk of death and cancer?

This Zoom webinar is open to the public. Register here and feel free to share the link with others who might wish to attend!