The O’Donovan Humanities Lecture is an annual event, featuring scholars and artists from around the country, which aims to instill a deeper appreciation of the importance of the humanities in everyday life. Named after the first Headmistress of Oakcrest, Pat O'Donovan—who opened Oakcrest in 1976 with 22 girls in Washington, D.C.—the lecture honors her legacy as a gifted teacher who could convey to students the joy of learning. Oakcrest hopes to spread this joy to others in the community through this annual lecture. 

Past Speakers

Dr. Arthur Brooks: Life Lessons from the World's Greatest Composers

Meghan Cox Gurdon: The Family that Reads Together: Healing the Culture, One Story at a Time

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