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TASIS Speaker Series

TASIS Speaker Series

Statement of Purpose

The TASIS Speaker Series (TSS) draws from some of the best elements of the TASIS identity—truth, goodness, beauty, international understanding, and humanitarian action—to provide TASIS students with a signature educational experience. Although the TSS focuses on students near the end of their TASIS careers, the program aspires to serve as an educative instrument for the entire division, creating opportunities for all High School students to interact with people and ideas of significance that are concerned with the world beyond our campus. Students enhance their intellectual experience through discussions, lectures, class visits, and film screenings focusing on these five elements. This program conveys a clear message to students about what the School hopes for and expects from them after they leave TASIS.


The TASIS Speaker Series, which was known as the Senior Humanities Program (SHP) until the fall of 2018, was initially made possible by a CHF 100,000 donation from TASIS parents Michael and Jane Grindfors to The M. Crist Fleming Endowment for International Understanding and Leadership in 2008. It remains an integral part of a TASIS education thanks to support from the TASIS Board of Directors and the work done by a dedicated group of teachers and students who created and continue this special program.

Speaker Selection Criteria

The TASIS Speaker Series Committee seeks to select speakers that embody the five pillars of the program: truth, goodness, beauty, international understanding, and humanitarian action. In selecting the group of speakers, priority should be given to speakers who fulfill those five virtues in some capacity while not sacrificing their overall quality. In any given year there ought to be a variety of voices, backgrounds, and professions represented in the group of selected speakers. Ultimately, however, speakers should be selected on the basis of their ability to enhance the intellectual and moral experience of the outgoing seniors and the community as a whole.

Upcoming Speakers

Dan Hampton | March 13–15

The New York Times and international bestselling author, retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton is a highly decorated former combat fighter pilot. Awarded a Purple Heart, four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, and eight Air Medals with Valor, Colonel Hampton flew 151 combat missions in the Middle East during both Gulf Wars—and hundreds more as a private military contractor. A graduate of the elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School (TOGS), and USAF Special Operations School, he has lived abroad in Europe and the Middle East and was an exchange officer with the Egyptian Air Force.

Following The New York Times Bestselling Viper Pilot, Colonel Hampton’s additional bestsellers include The Mercenary, Lords of the Sky, The Hunter Killers, The FlightChasing the Demon, and Vengeance. His books have been translated into a dozen languages with excerpts published in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Post, USA Today, Parade, and Newsday. He has also been featured on the History Channel/A&E documentary Finding Amelia, Discovery's The Alaska Triangle and BBC, CSPAN, and Breitling’s Anthem. Colonel Hampton is a frequent guest discussing foreign affairs and geopolitics on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC, Newsmax, Sirius XM, IHeart Radio, and NPR

Colonel Hampton consults for the United States and allied governments on counterterrorism and is the CEO of MVI International, a private military company. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas A&M University, completed a Master of Science (MS) in Aeronautics, has studied in-residence at Exeter College and Oxford, and holds a Master of Arts (MA) from Dartmouth. He has a working knowledge of French, Arabic, and German.

A member of the US Polo Federation and US Fencing Association, Colonel Hampton is a licensed Divemaster and rated commercial pilot. He is in high demand as a public speaker on a variety of subjects.

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