On May 11, author and filmmaker Ken Dornstein P’23 visited a CA documentary film class taught by Ben Stumpf ’88 to share his expertise with students. As a documentary filmmaker, Dornstein has been involved in the production of over 50 films covering a wide array of subjects, including a political uprising in Iran, the Penn State scandal, and “bride kidnapping” in Kyrgyzstan. A longtime senior producer for PBS’s Frontline and author of the memoir The Boy Who Fell Out of the SkyDornstein created the three-part Frontline series My Brother’s Bomber, an investigation into the terrorists behind the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Dornstein spoke with students about his career path, the importance of storytelling, and how, as he explained, the line between fiction and nonfiction storytelling isn’t as bright as one might think. He also advised groups of students on the documentaries they are currently working on for class.

Dornstein will return to campus for the Centennial Davidson Lecture in the fall of 2022. The Anne E. ’62 and Jane S. ’64 Davidson Lecture is a distinguished, endowed lecture series that was established by Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Davidson P’62 ’64 in 1966 in honor of their two daughters, Ann Davidson Kidder ’62 and Jane E. Davidson ’64. Look for more details on Dornstein‘s visit to come.

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Adnan Zubcevic ’75, 2022 Centennial Joan Shaw Herman Award Recipient, Finds in Treating Trauma a New Calling

Adnan Zubcevic ’75, 2022 Centennial Joan Shaw Herman Award Recipient, Finds in Treating Trauma a New Calling

During CA’s 100th birthday celebration in April, physician Adnan Zubcevic ’75 received the 2022 Centennial Joan Shaw Herman Award for his life’s work in support of immigrants and refugees. When he was a student at CA in his senior year, through the American Field Service, he little suspected that 20 years later he would return to Concord, Mass., fleeing the Bosnian War. In the Boston area, Zubcevic went on to launch many programs supporting immigrants and refugees, one of which has become a national model.

The Story Behind CA’s Joan Shaw Herman Distinguished Service Award

The Story Behind CA’s Joan Shaw Herman Distinguished Service Award

On April 22, 2022—Concord Academy’s 100th birthday—the CA community will bestow the Centennial Joan Shaw Herman Distinguished Service Award. This award was first given to Joan Shaw Herman ’46 herself, posthumously, in 1976. Herman, who was paralyzed after contracting polio the summer after her graduation from CA, worked to improve the lives of other individuals with physical disabilities. Her story speaks to the power that resilience, generosity, and an enduring desire to make life better for others can have, and why this award is so important at Concord Academy.