Students and alumnae/i pose for a group photo on the steps of the Math and Arts Center on February 22 during the Alumnae/i and Students of Color Conference at Concord Academy.
On February 22, Concord Academy hosted its annual Alumnae/i and Students of Color Conference. More than 20 individuals — 12 students and 11 alumnae/i — took part in the event. A panel discussion took up the topics of race and equity at CA across decades, and in small group breakout sessions alumnae/i and students discussed the influence of a CA education on the college experience, considered a sense of belonging at CA, and reminisced about what drew them to this school.
On Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, the Concord Academy community enjoyed the winter 2020 mainstage production Indecent, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. The play is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent follows the history of the drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. The CA cast worked with a dialect coach, a folk-dance specialist, and a podcaster who researched her grandmother’s Holocaust experience. View photos from the show.
On January 30, the Community and Equity Office presented an assembly by Alex Myers, a writer, a speaker, an English teacher at Phillips Exeter, and an advocate for transgender rights. Myers spoke with CA students about how his own experience informed his recent “coming-of-gender” novel, Continental Divide, about how norms of gender expression have changed over time, and about how transgender people have been represented in various historical eras and today. Read more >
On February 2, tenor Henry Patton ’21 made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the High School Honors Concert Choir, having been nominated by CA choral director Tai Oney and auditioning live to become the principal male soloist. The choir performed five contemporary choral pieces under the direction of Jeffery Redding, a Grammy award-winning educator of the year from Florida. Read more >