Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12, coed school in Westport, CT

Coyle Scholar


January 26, 2021: Julie Lythcott-Haims

"What It Means to Be Black in White Spaces"

In this powerful talk on identity and community, Julie Lythcott-Haims will share her experience as a Black and biracial woman growing up in white spaces. She found that even as she accomplished so much—graduating from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, working as a corporate lawyer and as Stanford's first-ever dean of freshmen—she still couldn't escape the grip racism, discrimination, and microaggressions had on her sense of self. In this talk, she will share how she found self-acceptance through the healing power of community. Her story is deeply personal, but its message is universal: people from marginalized communities will recognize echoes of their own experiences, and allies will learn how they can better show up, listen, and advocate for others.

In Lythcott-Haims' Real American: A Memoir, she writes a powerful and award-winning reflection of identity, belonging, and community, and details growing up Black and biracial in white spaces. She shares the role that racism, discrimination, and microaggressions took on her self-worth, and how she found acceptance through community. To purchase a copy of Real American: A Memoir, click here.

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What is Coyle Scholar?

James M. Coyle Endowed Visiting Scholars Program
This program, begun in 1996, brings to Greens Farms Academy at least twice each year inspiring, prominent individuals of scholarly and contemporary interest, public servants, academicians, people of letters, or other public figures who have made a sustained and lasting contribution to education defined in its broadest sense. Each visiting scholar is invited to spend the day at the School, attend classes, and work with our students. After a reception, the visiting scholar delivers a public lecture for the community-at-large.

Past Coyle Scholars