A Centennial Celebration for All
CA’s Mission in Motion
Centennial Speaker Series
Saturday, June 10, 1:00–4:45 p.m.
We each have an individual role to play in the story of our own communities. For many, the work began right here at Concord Academy.
On Saturday, June 10, as part of the Centennial Celebration, CA authors, scientists, activists, creatives, journalists, educators, and difference-makers will take part in CA’s Mission in Motion, Centennial Speaker Series. We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the Centennial than shining a light on change-makers who embody values at the heart of Concord Academy.
Please be aware session descriptions and program developments are subject to change.
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THE POWER OF PERSONAL STORIES
In a world driven by data and inflated with special effects, how do we explain the enduring power of a good story well told? How do compelling personal narratives retain their power to inspire, elevate, and connect us? Can they teach us, change our minds, move us beyond thought to action? The members of this panel come from varied backgrounds and perspectives, and all has built impressive careers as writers and educators. They have shared their stories and, through exhaustive research, have allowed us to know and understand the stories of others. Join Drew Gilpin Faust ’64, David Michaelis ’75, and Imani Perry ’90 as they discuss their views with moderator and former faculty member Lucille Stott and explore the ways their own relationship to story has influenced their work.
CHANGING THE LENS
Women in Entertainment Share Essential Perspectives
Entertainment, in its infinite forms, is an omnipresent influence in our communities and across the globe. The proliferation of platforms has increased access, and intensified impact worldwide. Through their work, each of these alums are driving change; creating space for women in the industry and reshaping entertainment canons.
This group of entertainment professionals will explore the evolving influence of women working in the industry. Where did they each begin, and where do they dream to go? What is the value of entertainment—in each form—for its participants and viewers? What role do women play in the industry today, and what do they hope for in the future? Join Susanna Fogel ’98, Danielle Lee ’93, Rachel Morrison ’96, and Natalia Winkelman ’11 as they discuss these important questions and more.
Transforming Models of Art and Cultural Expression to Build Understanding
How can models of artistic practice, production and presentation evolve to meet our complex social, political and economic moment? What can interdisciplinary artistic practice teach us? How will the new tools, methods, and formats used in the creative sector contribute to a more just and equitable future? What shifts in established institutional structures are needed to strengthen communities and build better understanding and connection? Join us for a conversation between professional artists and cultural workers to address these questions and more. Sharing their own personal inspirations, paths, and the purpose of their work, Emily Harney ’94, Julian Joslin ’05, Zack Winokur ’07, and Amy Spencer P’13 will shed light on the important role that engagement in the arts plays in shaping public discourse.
DESIGNING FOR RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
The Future is Up to Us
The issues of climate change and environmental stewardship are daunting; and while ideas are plentiful, progress can, at times, feel stalled. However, that is not the case for this panel of CA alums, who are putting theories and solutions into action every day. Join these experts for a discussion about sustainability through the lens of food systems, energy, policy, investing, and teaching. How do we make real change at all levels? What is the cost and what are the compromises? And ultimately, where do we find hope?
IMPROVING THE HUMAN CONDITION THROUGH SCIENCE
Discovery for the Benefit of All
Everyone benefits when scientists pursue research in their dedicated fields. Their curiosity and persistence lead to critical understandings about our planet, advancements in medicine, life-changing therapies, and new ways to address countless issues. What drives these discoveries? This panel will provide insights into the motivations at the heart of the scientific enterprise and the experience of researchers who devote their lives to making the world a better place for all. Peter de Blank ’92, Connor McCann ’14, Lucy McFadden ’70, and Gail Weinmann ’67 will share personal stories about their journey toward progress in their fields, and how their work drives lasting and impactful change for patients and communities.
IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH
A Conversation About Journalism and Democracy
Award-winning journalists will come together on this panel to explore the important role of reporting in American democracy. Speaking about their own experiences researching and writing, Alexandra Berzon ’97, Julia Preston ’69, Freddie Tunnard ’07, and Richard Read ’75 will discuss the journalistic process, the questions that are central to their work, and what drives them to deliver credible information for the public good.
Leaders Discuss Empowering Communities & Social Progress
Influencing positive change happens when individuals take on challenges and spark collective action. Agents of change use many different forums, platforms, and media to educate and move their audiences. Hear from these inspiring alums who have devoted their careers to transforming spaces and addressing issues of inequity in our society. Join Dave Cavell ’02, Catherine Gund ’83, Lara Jordan James ’80, and Tremaine Wright ’90.
The Future of Education
The questions and challenges facing teachers, administrators, policy makers, and families require bold leadership and forward-looking partnerships. We invite you into perhaps the most important conversation at the heart of our Centennial Celebration — a plenary session focused on the dynamic and complex issues around the state of our educational system. As we move into CA’s 101st year of transforming young lives, this is a critical moment to address the public purpose of private institutions. This is the time to talk openly about the road ahead, shining a light on the pillars that buttress our community: love of learning; common trust; and striving for equity.
Can’t make it to the Centennial Celebration in June? We will miss you, but don’t worry! All sessions will be recorded.