On Monday, February 27, 2017, Dr. Ken Gormley, President of Duquesne University, addressed the historical significance and legacy of Thurgood Marshall, Charles Hamilton Houston, and the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954. This event was coordinated by Social Studies Department chair Brad Zolnak and produced by Jason Coleman and Kevin McGuire as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series.
The Woodland Hills Interaction Series (WHIS) started in 2013. The WHIS was created by library media specialist Kevin McGuire and instructional technology coach Jason Coleman with the goal of providing first-class interaction opportunities for students at Woodland Hills Jr/Sr High School.
During its first four years, the WHIS has hosted such notable guests as Colum McCann (National Book Award Winner/Academy Award nominated writer), Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Dr. Sheri Fink (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Terrance Hayes (National Book Award winner/MacArthur Fellow), Jesse Andrews (N.Y. Times Bestseller), Dr. Cyril Wecht, and Robert Bilheimer (Academy Award nominated director). Additionally, the WHIS has also hosted local writer Dave Newman, poet Jim Daniels, EPA Director Barnes Johnson and U.S. Ambassador Bryant Salter.