A time between semesters for interdisciplinary exploration with real world experts. An intellectual and experiential feast covering a wide range of topics extending way beyond the usual academic disciplines. Students choose from the curated 2017 catalogue of over 150 seminars, intensives, activity sessions, and field trips offered during the two weeks of Intersession, led by over 100 different presenters.
Students are free to mix and match the different types of sessions over the course of the two weeks.
Seminars – Deep- dive sessions that meet two hours a day over three days. Students can experience up to four seminars during Intersession.
Activity Sessions – Stand-alone lectures, panel discussions, or interactive experiences that meet one day for 90 minutes. Students can experience up to six activity sessions.
Intensives – Interactive, retreat-style workshops held either on or off-campus that meet all day for three days. Students can experience up to two intensives.
Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble
Film Making and Visual Effects
Many students who took the Making Cuban Music seminar also signed up for the Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble intensive, performing on stage with world-class Cuban musicians during the Lower and Middle School Friday assembly.
SAMPLE 2017 EXPERTS
What makes Intersession so unique are the amazing people who come to share their passion, experience, and talents with our students. Representing an incredibly wide variety of subjects and skills, here are just a few of the “authentic purveyors of their craft” we brought together this year. For the entire list, see the complete 2017 catalog.
Senior lecturer, Film & Media Studies Program, Stanford University
Emmy award-winning creator of the half-hour comedy series About a Girl and reality show Best Friend's Date for Nickelodeon's The-N network. Experience spanning ESPN, the NBA, and Discovery Channel.
Veteran Stunt Coordinator
Legitimately trained in stunts and acting with more than 25 years’ experience both on-camera and behind the scenes. Stunt credits include doubling various actos on The Bridge (FX), Gang Related (Fox), Bad Judge (NBC), as well as in movies, recently working directly with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson during the parachuting into AT&T Park scene in San Andres.
Pulitzer Prize–winner once called “the undisputed guru of the form,” by the Wall Street Journal. Featured on the San Francisco Chronicale's website and on SFGate.com for over ten years.
Forensive Scientist with the New York Police Department's Crime Laboratory
A supervising criminalist at the NYPD Crime Laboratory for eleven years, managing a unit that received over 3,000 cases annually. After implementing the NYPD's Biotracks Program, now is a forensic consultant for NBC's Law & Order: Speciual Victims Unit and has been profiled in The New Yorker magazine and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.
Linguist, Published Author, Professor
PhD in linguistics from McGill University and teaching engagements with Yale, Cornell, and Stanford, as well as in several European universities. Well-published author on the structure of Slavic, Semitic, and Turkis languages.
President of the Oakland Raiders
Began his career with the team in 1992 in football operations, moved into a role in the finance department in 1995, held the position of CFO from 2004 to 2015, and was given current title in January of 2015.
General Partner, Foundation Capital
Helping to take start-up companies from zero to $100M quickly, has generated over $13B in market capitalization in his operating career.
Chief Speechwriter to Vice President Biden
Principal at the speechwriting and strategy firm WEST WING WRITERS. Spent 2012 with the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to President Obama and Chief Speechwriter to Vice President Biden.
- Program Overview
- Complete Catalog of 2017 Offerings
- Highlight Article of Intercession 2017
- Highlight Article of Intersession 2016