Significant Speeches


Fern Schumer Chapman has given speeches at schools, conferences, libraries, luncheons, book groups, charity benefits, churches, and synagogues.

Highlights include:

  • Keynote speaker, Opening of the Preston Holocaust Collection (Jewish Federation of Delaware) Wilmington, Delaware
  • Keynote speaker, Women’s luncheon, Twin Orchard Country Club, Long Grove, IL
  • Keynote speaker, DePaul University Honors Program Lecture Series: Enemies and Aliens, Chicago, IL (2014)
  • Keynote speaker, Wilmette Group of Hadassah North Shore Opening Luncheon Meeting, Skokie, IL (2013)
  • Featured Author, 39th Annual Young Authors Conference, Illinois State University, Normal, IL (2013)
  • Keynote speaker, Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2012, Washington State Educational Resource Center in Seattle, WA (2012)
  • Featured Author, Voices and Visions – Valencia Community College’s Distinguished Artists Series, Orlando, FL (2006)
  • Featured Author, National Association of Teachers of English (NATE) annual convention, Pittsburgh, PA (2005)
  • Featured Author, Prologue Society and California Literary Society (eight-city west coast tour sponsored by the Northern Trust Bank – 2003)
  • Featured Speaker, Edward R. Hallowell Literary Lecturer (Fourth Annual), Haverford School for Boys, Haverford, PA (2002)
  • Featured Speaker, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Yom ha-Shoah Commemoration Program (2002)
  • Presenter, Conference on Memory and Narrative, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (2001)
  • Featured Author, Heartland Literary Society, Chicago, IL (2001)
  • Featured Speaker, Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (2001)
  • Featured Speaker, Hadassah’s Annual Book and Author Luncheon (2001)
  • Featured Author, Christamore House Guild Book and Author Luncheon, Indianapolis, IN (2000)
  • Featured Author, Children’s Memorial Hospital Book and Author Charity Event (2000)
  • Keynote speaker, Congregation B’nai Tikvah, Deerfield, IL
  • Keynote speaker, Arts and Ideas Program, Waubonsee College, Sugar Loaf, Illinois
  • Keynote speaker, The Mother’s Trust, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Keynote speaker, National Council for Jewish Women, Highland Park, Illinois
  • Keynote speaker, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis, Indiana