“It was like they were trying to kill hope in America the year I was born,” CNN host, political commentator, and author Van Jones said at the start of a discussion through the Critical Conversations speaker series on January 20. Jones, who was born in 1968, the same...
“How do we begin the hard work of self-reflection and opening our hearts to others we’ve been taught to fear?” Director of Community and Equity Grant Hightower posed this question during his opening remarks at CA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday, January 17. Throughout the day set aside for talks, group activities, and interactive workshops, students selected from a wide variety of opportunities to engage in learning and reflection—many of them led by Concord Academy students as well as faculty.
Musical Instrument Design is cross-listed in the Performing Arts Department and the Science Department and is co-taught by Tucker and physics teacher Max Hall, providing an opportunity for interdisciplinary engagement.
For Grant Hightower, director of community and equity at Concord Academy, common trust is
indispensable to striving for equity.
How do you learn? What are you learning about yourself? What are you learning in community? Introduced during CA’s orientation for new students, these essential questions are part of a framework that is helping 9th graders learn the skills they need to flourish at Concord Academy.
As Concord Academy nears its 100th birthday, now proudly inclusive of all genders, the school also marks half a century as a coed institution. In an excerpt from a forthcoming book commemorating CA’s Centennial, former faculty member and dean Lucille Stott reflects on this pivotal time in the school’s history.
A development engineer at SpaceX, Matthieu Labaudinire ’11 is working on the aerospace company’s Dragon program, designing spacecraft that take crews to the International Space Station and function as a steppingstone to the creation of a Mars-bound craft.
Henry Fairfax will usher in Concord Academy’s second century as our 11th head of school. The more this mission-driven leader learned about CA during the head of school search process, the more he felt in alignment with CA’s mission and realized his own journey had uniquely positioned him to lead Concord Academy. “Our work in education is to be transformational, not transactional,” Fairfax says.
CA alumnae/i are fighting to protect an indispensable natural resource and are appreciating it in new ways. An environmental hydrogeologist, Alex Pugh ’95 has been monitoring water and working to mitigate contaminants in Maine for decades. Kate Hudson ’66 has dedicated her nearly 40-year career in environmental law to defending U.S. waterways. Elena Berg ’91 teaches environmental science at the American University of Paris. To better understand the bottled water industry and sustainability, she trained as a water sommelier.
Congratulations to Concord Academy’s fall teams! After being sidelined from competing in fall of 2020 due to the pandemic, CA athletes roared back to the playing fields to enjoy another successful fall season capped off with a 5th consecutive Chandler Bowl victory.