Severn School to Host Julie Lythcott-Haims Author and Educator

Severn School is proud to announce the 2019 David Astle Memorial Lecture Series speaker, Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of New York Times bestseller How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. She is also known for writing Real American, a critically acclaimed memoir detailing her personal battle with low self-esteem that American racism inflicts on people of color. On Tuesday, April 9th Lythcott-Haims will deliver a keynote address to the Upper School discussing Real American. Her visit will culminate in the evening with her “How to Raise an Adult” keynote address for the Severn community and invited guests.
Head shot of author and 2019 Severn School Astle Lecture speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims
Lythcott-Haims is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, two teenagers and her mother.

For a decade she served as Stanford University’s dean of freshmen where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults. From her own life trajectory and from working with tens of thousands of our nation's best and brightest young adults, Julie has a clear sense of how we become the humans we want to be, and of what gets in our way. Lythcott-Haims is deeply interested in what prevents people from living meaningful, fulfilling lives.

During the afternoon session with students, she will open hearts and inspire action with her keynote speech exploring race, identity, and the issues we face in our country today followed by Q&A.

How to Raise an Adult has been published in over two dozen countries and gave rise to a TED Talk that became one of the top TED Talks of 2016 with over three million views, and counting, as well as a sequel which will be out in 2020. In her evening session with parents, Lythcott-Haims will inspire the audience to examine their behaviors and join the growing movement to allow children to develop the resourcefulness, resilience, and inner determination necessary for success.

Follow her on Facebook @JulieLythcottHaims and Twitter @DeanJulie.

About the Astle Memorial Lecture Series

David Sheridan Astle '92 is the late son of the Honorable and Mrs. John C. Astle, Maryland State Senator (District 30). The 23-year-old died tragically in December 1997, when a deer stepped into the path of a car he was riding in.

A 1992 Severn School alumnus, David was an active member of the school community during his seven years as a student, and a well-liked member of the alumni body. He told his mother shortly before his death that he felt he had developed life-long friends while at Severn School. He realized Severn taught him more than the basics of education; Severn School helped develop his character by encouraging his own innate sense of integrity, responsibility, honor, and commitment.

The David Astle Memorial Endowment, begun by Senator and Mrs. Astle in 1998, funds this annual lecture series through which knowledgeable and/or inspirational speakers are invited to share their expertise, experiences and messages with the community.


Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146