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Reunion Weekend 2019: Concord Academy Alumnae/i Reflect and Reconnect

June 12, 2019

From June 7 through June 9, CA welcomed more than 200 alumnae/i and former faculty back to campus. Idyllic spring weather set the tone for a Concord Academy reunion weekend with strong turnout and great energy. With attendees returning from 14 different classes — from the class of 1949 celebrating its 70th reunion to the class of 2014, its fifth — the weekend gave former classmates many opportunities to catch up, reminisce, and explore today’s campus and the town of Concord. Alumnae/i from across the generations had a chance to mingle and learn how others remain involved in the life of the school, and to make new connections with fellow alumnae/i who have carried CA’s values out into the world.

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The GSA at 30

November 2, 2018

Now a presence in schools across North America and the world, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) had no model when it began 30 years ago at Concord Academy. During a yearlong celebration of CA’s foundational role in LGBTQ history, we look back at the GSA’s genesis.

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.

Carey Tinkelenberg ’01

October 29, 2018

After years as a nationally competitive figure skater, Carey Tinkelenberg ’01 founded a skating school in Northfield, Minn. Taking notice of how quickly her program grew, U.S. Figure Skating invited Tinkelenberg to develop training resources for skating directors, and she has since traveled nationwide, training instructors. She coaches an international group of student-athletes at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., and has presented seminars in Mexico and Iceland, places she never imagined skating would take her.

Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65

October 29, 2018

When CA celebrates its centennial in a few short years, it will do so with a deeply dedicated and caring alumna at the helm of the Board of Trustees.

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.

Filmmaker Catherine Saalfield Gund ’83, Honored with the 2018 Joan Shaw Herman Award, Speaks at CA

October 19, 2018

The powerful independent documentary films that Catherine Saalfield Gund ’83 has created over her more than 20 years as a director and producer — films that partner with activists and support movements for social justice — have earned her critical acclaim and Emmy nominations. This spring, they also earned a distinction unique to Concord Academy graduates, the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service. Gund accepted the award in a recorded speech for fellow alumnae/i during her 30th reunion in June and returned to campus on October 18 to speak with CA students, faculty, and staff about her work, her personal journey, and the movements that matter immensely to her. Her talk left the CA community deeply moved and inspired.

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.

Storytelling Assembly with S. Bear Bergman ’92 Kicks Off CA’s GSA-at-30 Celebration

September 18, 2018

S. Bear Bergman ’92 was welcomed back to campus to present the first Community and Equity assembly of the 2018–19 school year. An author, educator, and performer, Bergman speaks at colleges and universities about gender, sexuality, and culture and works with organizations and corporations to create queer and trans cultural competency; his press, Flamingo Rampant, publishes feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially diverse children’s books. In his storytelling assembly at CA, Bergman commanded the stage, telling funny, heartbreaking, and illuminating tales from his own life. His visit kicked off Concord Academy’s yearlong celebration of the 30th anniversary of the GSA (now the Gender Sexuality Alliance), one of the first two Gay-Straight Alliances in existence. Throughout the year, visiting speakers and C&E programming will reflect on CA’s foundational role in the LGBTQ youth movement.

On Following Your Passion: A 2018 Reunion CA Alumnae/i Panel

June 15, 2018

A panel discussion among CA alumnae/i with careers in the arts gave the Concord Academy community a chance to celebrate the creative work of its graduates during the 2018 reunion. Ben Stumpf ’88, who teaches computer science, film, and graphic design at CA, moderated the June 9 conversation with opera singer Colin Levin ’03, theater director Grady Gund ’08, architect Becky Seamans Egea ’93, and Meg Grasselli ’68, curator of old master drawings at the National Gallery in Washington.