A student leader in the school's Upper School, Jayda is active with several student groups and has competed in pageant contests since she was 5 years old. She organized the Students for Social Change's annual Diversity Day, held Feb 3. Jayda arranged two seminars for her schoolmates. One incorporated interactive activities designed to encourage the students' awareness of their own privileges, and a second session included a discussion based on what happened during the interactive sessions and how the students could be more inclusive.


Seminar Series for Adults

The Key School Seminar Series for Adults

Thoughtful Laughter

Satire and Humor from Ancient Greece to Modern Day

Satire, in one form or another, has existed almost as long as the written word. Good satire not only promotes laughter but also raises important questions or makes critical statements about the society in which it was written. In modern society, satire permeates virtually all aspects of our society, with outlets like Saturday Night Live and the Onion using humor to raise questions that are often important and other times just plain silly.

From the early Greek playwright Aristophanes through great authors like Chaucer, Twain, Swift, and Orwell, we will discuss how each author utilizes humor and satire to make observations about their society and, in some cases, to critique existing political, religious or social institutions.

About the Series

The Key School Seminar Series for Adults is modeled after seminar classes taught at Key. The series seeks to engage adults from the surrounding community in spirited intellectual conversations about great novels, poems, films, and more.

Bob McCarthy and Brian Boyd, humanities teachers in Key's Upper School, will lead the discussions.

Join us for enjoyable evening discussions, debating great works with other curious and thoughtful people.

Time & Place

All seminars will take place in Key's Science & Library Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 103.

Participants may register for individual seminars of their choice or sign up for the entire series.

The enrollment fee is $20 per seminar or $120 for the full series.

Seminar Schedule

September 19

The Clouds by Aristophanes

October 24

The Satires: Book I, Satire I by Horace

The Satires: Satire III-Fleeing Rome by Juvenal

November 14

The Life of Brian (film by Monty Python)

December 12

The Pardoner’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer
General Prologue
Middle English

January 9

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

February 13

Candlemakers’ Petition by Frederic Bastiat

The Fable of the Bees by Bernard Mandeville

New Date! March 20

How to Tell a Story and Other Essays by Mark Twain

April 3

Thank You for Smoking (film directed by Jason Reitman)

May 8

Animal Farm by George Orwell