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Brizendine Visiting Scholars Program

The Brizendine Visiting Scholars Program was established in June 2007 as an endowed fund to honor Marin Academy’s Head of School from 1995 to 2007, Bodie Brizendine. Its goal is to bring a university professor or other accomplished specialist to work with MA students and faculty members in order to enhance the community’s understanding of and appreciation for a particular field of study. The program rotates through the academic departments of the school, and is coordinated by Derek Anderson, Head Librarian and History Teacher.

2015-2016 Exhibits

As part of this year's Brizendine Visiting Scholars Program, we are thrilled to be displaying a special exhibit that provides an historical overview of the Chinese railroad workers who were instrumental in building the United States’ first Transcontinental Railroad.

The exhibit, "The Chinese and the Iron Road," will be on display in the MA Library through Monday, December 1. The exhibit is presented by the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA).

Our 2015 Brizendine Visiting Scholar

Last year we were thrilled to welcome photographer Richard Misrach to Marin Academy as part of our Brizendine Visiting Scholars Program.

For more than 40 years, the American photographer Richard Misrach has made provocative work that addresses contemporary society's relationship to nature, especially the American West. In the 1970s, he helped pioneer the renaissance of color photography and large-scale presentation that are in widespread practice today. Best known for his ongoing series, Desert Cantos, a multi-faceted approach to the study of place and man's complex relationship to it, he has worked in the landscape for over 40 years. Recent work highlights the environmental and ecological degradation of a passage of the Mississippi river between Baton Rouge and New Orleans known as Cancer Alley. His work is included in collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Click here to learn more about Richard and to view some of his work.

Past Brizendine Scholars

List of 6 items.

  • Damian Elias, Principal Investigator, Elias Lab of UC Berkeley

    The goal of the Elias Lab is to understand the mechanisms that guide behavior and how these mechanisms relate to behavioral adaptation.
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  • Gian Garriga, Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development, UC-Berkeley

    Professor Garriga is studying how asymmetric cell division, cell migration and axonal pathfinding contribute to the final form and connectivity of the Caenorhabditis elegans nervous system.
  • Healy Hamilton, Chief Scientist,

    Dr. Hamilton is a biodiversity scientist who has done extensive research on the DNA sequencing of seahorses and the relationship to the evolution and conservation.
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  • Joseph Stewart, Ph.D. Student, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC- Santa Cruz

    Joeseph Stewart studies climate change and its effects on several species, including the American pica.
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  • Susan Lea, Department Chair and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at San Francisco State University

    Dr. Lea’s research emphasis is on theoretical astrophysics, especially accretion problems and investigation of x-ray sources. 
  • Tami Spector, Professor of Chemistry, University of San Francisco

    Trained as a physical organic chemist, Dr. Spector's scientific work has focused on fluorocarbons, the transformations of strained ring organics, and the molecular dynamics and free energy calculations of biomolecular systems.
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Previous Presenters

  • 2012-13:  Ther Performing Arts Department welcomed a collection of fantastic artists and scholars (see photo slideshow below) thoughout the year.
  • 2011-12: Glen Van Brummelen from Quest University and James Tanton from Math Circle/St. Mark's School (Mathematics) 
  • 2011: Pat Griffin from the University of Massachusetts and Hudson Taylor from Columbia University (Human Development)
  • 2010: Chris O'Sullivan from the University of San Francisco (History)
  • 2009: Michele Elam from Stanford University (English)
  • 2008: Irene Bloemraad from UC Berkeley (World Languages)

2012-2013 Brizentine Scholar Guests