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Laura Twichell '01 Named Interim Academic Dean

January 09, 2019

I am very pleased to announce that Laura Twichell ’01 has agreed to serve as CA’s interim academic dean for 2019-20, beginning on July 1. She is respected for her skills as a learning leader, her commitment to issues of equity and inclusion, and her thoughtful approach to mentoring students.

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Laura Twichell ’01 Named Interim Academic Dean

January 9, 2019

I am very pleased to announce that Laura Twichell ’01 has agreed to serve as CA’s interim academic dean for 2019-20, beginning on July 1. She is respected for her skills as a learning leader, her commitment to issues of equity and inclusion, and her thoughtful approach to mentoring students.

Taking Aim at Gun Violence, CA’s Big Data Club Earns the People’s Choice Award in the Teradata University Network Analytics Challenge

November 30, 2018

In October, Haley Wixom ’20 and Lucas Ewing ’19, two of the co-heads of Concord Academy’s Big Data Club, competed in the 2018 Teradata University Network (TUN) Analytics Challenge. They were the first high school team to take part in this global, university-level competition. For their analysis that showed improving mental health support can reduce gun violence in schools, they took home the People’s Choice Award for best presentation. Now they’re working to help other high school students interested in pursuing data analytics.

Kevin Jennings Speaks about Making History at Concord Academy

November 26, 2018

The Community and Equity assembly on November 15 was a high point in this year’s 30th-anniversary celebration of Concord Academy’s GSA. Formerly the Gay-Straight Alliance, now known as the Gender Sexuality Alliance, this revolutionary safe space for LGBTQ+ people and allies was the first high school organization of its kind. Three decades after Kevin Jennings, then a CA history teacher, catalyzed the GSA’s founding, Concord Academy warmly welcomed him back to campus to present an assembly, “500 Years of Queers: An Overview of America’s LGBTQ History.” Jennings employed an educator’s seasoned instincts for engaging with complex subject matter and knowing when to get personal. His talk was adapted from a presentation he used to deliver in schools around Boston for LGBTQ History Month (which Jennings helped create). At CA, he demonstrated why knowing this history matters.

2018–19 Davidson Lecturer Patsy Aldana ’64 Speaks about Migrant Children at Risk

November 13, 2018

On November 8, 2018–19 Davidson Lecturer Patsy Aldana ’64 spoke at CA about the plight of migrant children in crisis. Reviewing the history of U.S. involvement in Central America and the conditions in the Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — she argued that instead of being demonized as threats to the United States, migrants should be understood as people whose history is closely tied to Americans’. The present circumstances have made thousands of children extremely vulnerable, she said, and hence worthy of protection.

 

In 20th Anniversary Hammer Chair Celebration, Film Teacher Justin Bull’s Presentation Considers the “Why” of Teaching

October 31, 2018

On the evening of October 20, a group of Concord Academy faculty, alumnae/i, and community members gathered in the dance studio to celebrate two decades of endowed support for innovative teaching, and the work of an exceptional teacher. Film teacher Justin Bull was the fifth recipient of the Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Endowed Faculty Chair, a three-year fellowship that was established by a collective gift in memory of Katie Hammer ’68 and in honor of her commitment to CA’s faculty.

CA Claims the Chandler Bowl for the Third Year in a Row!

October 29, 2018

From an afternoon of nine hard-fought athletic contests at CA on Saturday, October 20, Concord Academy emerged victorious, holding on to the Chandler Bowl for the third year in a row.

Fighting Against Hate With Love: Mark Berger ’06 on The Laramie Project

October 27, 2018

On October 2, Mark Berger ’06 gave a talk hours before CA’s opening night production of The Laramie Project, contextualizing the play as “about empathizing with people who are different.” A film, theater, and TV producer in New York and a former member of the touring cast of Tectonic Theater Project’s The Laramie Project and the world premiere of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Berger share his firsthand knowledge of this influential work of theater. He spoke passionately about the dire implications of refusing to accept unwelcome narratives and instead substituting counterfactual ones — a message that resonates all the more deeply today. “We need to take big risks, ask uncomfortable questions, be fearless in our pursuit of truth,” he said. Click through to watch the video of his talk.

Matt McCahill ’95 and Claire Moriarty Schaeffer ’05: Giving Matters, Every Year

October 26, 2018

This pivotal time in Concord Academy’s history requires a rethinking of leadership roles. Who better to put the case for annual support to the alumnae/i community than Matt McCahill ’95 and Claire Moriarty Schaeffer ’05. Consistently generous, they have volunteered, in their new roles as Alumnae/i Annual Fund co-chairs, to act on the responsibility they feel as beneficiaries of CA to carry forward the work begun by previous generations.

Celebrating CA Houses and the Centennial Campaign, the Concord Academy Community Gathers in Gratitude

October 15, 2018

The school year opened with optimism, thanks in part to the remarkable contributions of many to the Centennial Campaign for Concord Academy, which have enabled transformative renovations and expansions to houses and common rooms, significant investments in our students and faculty, and the beginning of a major investment in Haines and Hobson houses. On October 4, we paused to give thanks — thanks to donors for their vital support and enduring belief in CA’s promise for the future, thanks for CA’s mission, and thanks for the remarkable energy we are experiencing with this campaign.

Joan Shaw Herman Award Nominations Due on February 19

October 8, 2018

The Concord Academy Alumnae/i Association welcomes nominations for the 2017 Joan Shaw Herman Award. We hope you will take a moment to learn more about this special honor and consider members of our community who demonstrate the power of service. The deadline to submit nominations is February 20, 2017.

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