• It is a GREAT idea to engage children in the process of learning and life.
    Colleen Steen
  • John Hunter, in a manner both humble and poetic, articulates what it takes to create his particular variety of classroom magic and his hopefulness for the future.
    Claudia Daggett, Executive Director, Elementary School Heads Association
  • I have had dozens of students, faculty, and staff drop by my office or stop me in the halls to express their appreciation and enthusiasm for John Hunter and the First Lecture.
    Education Dean at major univerisity
  • I was absolutely star struck by John Hunter....For me it felt like a truly spiritual experience being in the presence of such an incredibly peaceful, calm and brilliant man.
    Linn Sovik, Norway
  • Educators - if you ever get a chance to hear John Hunter speak, take full advantage. WOW!
    Nick Creach on John's NAIS Keynote
  • John Hunter teaches children how to take the initiative and how to plan for the future. Realizing what today's actions mean tomorrow is a great skill and necessary to successful leadership.
    Mitchel Hunter
  • ...many of our world's current issues have remained unresolved for years, only extraordinary and visionary teachers like Hunter can do what is truly necessary for the education and formation of our future leaders.
    Jessica Tiblin
  • John Hunter rocked our world. John received a standing ovation at the end of his speech and this crowd is not one to do this sort of thing.
    global corporation executive

Articles in Category: Keynotes


on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in Keynotes, News


John Gives a Keynote Address at the Springfield Public Forum


The Springfield Public Forum, established in 1935, has annually brought great speakers together each fall in Springfield, MA. During the Forum, lectures are presented by a collective group of diverse, frequently illustrious, but always inspiring minds.  John was included in the  exciting line-up of cutting edge speakers this year. "The Public Forum’s speaker events and related programming promise that you will arrive curious and leave inspired!"

John delivers Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Annual Peace Lecture

on Friday, 31 January 2014. Posted in Keynotes, Screenings

Since 1982 Oregon State University has hosted the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Annual Peace Lecture to discuss issues of world peace, justice, human rights, and the preservation of wilderness and natural areas. This year, John Hunter spoke to the crowd.

OSU also screened "World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements" as part of a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

John Hunter Speaks About World Peace at Harvard

on Tuesday, 09 April 2013. Posted in Keynotes

John Hunter Speaks About World Peace at Harvard
On April 8 John Hunter was welcomed back to the Harvard campus, presenting a talk on world peace in the Askwith Forum.

John and Chris Farina first spoke here in 2011 upon release of the film, "World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements."

A warm and emotional audience responded to John's tales from his new book, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements, which bears the same title as Chris's award-winning film.

A book signing hosted by the Harvard Book Store followed.

Video of John Hunter's Visit with University School of Nashville

on Monday, 01 October 2012. Posted in Keynotes

Video of John Hunter's Visit with University School of Nashville
In mid-September John Hunter and Jamie Baker of the Martin Institute visited a number of schools in the Nashville area.

At each school different conversations took place ranging from social studies curriculum possibilities to sharing thinking tools for divergent and convergent thinking to the benefits and excitement of hands-on, inquiry based learning. University School of Nashville (USN) gathered a range of elementary, middle, and high school faculty for something that rarely happens in the course of a busy school year -- a collegial conversation about the art of teaching.

We are happy that USN has shared that presentation for posting here.

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