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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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Reunion Weekend 2018: Reconnecting, Recommitting, and Celebrating CA Milestones

June 12, 2018

It was a beautiful New England spring weekend ideal for reuniting old friends and mentors. This year’s reunion welcomed around 275 alumnae/i and former faculty back to Concord Academy’s campus for receptions, class dinners, panel discussions, and back-to-school sessions with current teachers. Alumnae/i had many opportunities to reconnect and explore the current campus and curriculum of CA — to look back to their formative time together and orient toward the future of this distinctive educational community of creative and critical thinkers and impassioned citizens.

Microfinance 2.0

May 29, 2018

Investing small can make a big difference. We look at some new approaches to small-scale lending for social impact. Kate Roll ’01 is experimenting with new approaches to microfinance that align both risks and rewards for clients and companies. David Leach, who heads CA’s information technology department, spends his vacations volunteering to help locally based microfinance organizations around the world. And Lucas Turner-Owens ’07 is fund manager at the nonprofit Boston Ujima Project, which has big aspirations to create a new community-controlled economy in the Greater Boston area.

Paying It Forward

May 29, 2018

Each year, students arrive at Concord Academy thanks to community-based access organizations, which exist to nurture the promise in bright kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. Once students are at CA, access organizations remain valuable partners, working with them and their families throughout their years on campus. In return, many students have gone on to volunteer, and in some cases work, for the organizations that helped them join the CA community. Here are three of their stories.

Volunteer Spotlight: I Am CA

May 28, 2018

How are you? What’s new at work? Marriage, children, milestones? Any exciting creative endeavors or travel adventures? That may sound like small talk or cocktail party chatter — unless you’re a class secretary, in which case those are some of the questions you’d truly like people to answer.

Lara Jordan James ’80

May 28, 2018

Lara Jordan James ’80 spent the first three decades of her professional life working at Fortune 500 companies. Three years ago, Black Enterprise named her one of the 50 most powerful women in corporate America. In 2017, she became chief marketing officer of Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational organization that uses case studies of historical events, such as the Holocaust, to help students make connections between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.

Zack Winokur ’07

May 28, 2018

Known as a student at Concord Academy as a talented dancer, Zack Winokur ’07 has become the co-founder of a revolutionary new opera company just 10 years after graduating from CA.

In a Surprise Revival of a CA Tradition, Field Day Delights and Unites the School Community

May 8, 2018

A Concord Academy tradition that lapsed in the 1970s,  Field Day was reinstated with vigor on May 4. A surprise until its announcement in an all-school meeting just prior, the afternoon of relay races, lawn games, and classic field day activities had the whole school community decked out in red and blue. With many a nod to CA’s history, the event gave students a chance to intermix between grades and let loose with friends and faculty. Coming together as a community in camaraderie and friendly competition raised the spirits of the entire student body.

Story by Steve Kolowich ’04 on This American Life

May 5, 2018

Steve Kolowich ’04 landed a story on This American Life. With tensions between liberals and conservatives high across the United States, what’s the state of campus politics these days? Kolowich, a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education, recently delved into one minor protest at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that spiraled into a political battle with grave implications. Kolowich’s journalism formed the backbone of the latest episode of the popular weekly public radio program and podcast This American Life. You can listen to the story hereThe episode is part of a collaboration with the Chronicle of Higher Education, where Kolowich’s print version of the story can be read.

Alumnae/i Accolades

May 4, 2018

Congratulations to two CA graduates, Lily Geismer ’99 and Olivia Chatfield ’14, who have been selected for prestigious awards! Geismer has just been named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, an honor bestowed on only 31 from a field of 270 individuals nominated by the heads of leading universities, think tanks, publishers, and nonprofit organizations. Geismer is an associate professor of history at Claremont McKenna College and the author of Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party. Her research focuses on political and urban history since World War II, especially liberalism and the Democratic Party. Chatfield, who will graduate from Muhlenberg College this month with a bachelor’s degree in political science and elementary education, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship. She will be teaching next year in Mexico. 

An End Run Around Hollywood: Eugene Park ’96 on Making Films that Matter and Connecting with Audiences

April 9, 2018

“We make films Hollywood won’t,” said Eugene Park ’96 of his production company, Full Spectrum Features, a nonprofit dedicated to diversity in film and media, which he spoke about at an assembly at Concord Academy on March 29. Park showed clips from recent movies, including the lesbian romantic comedy Signature Move, which has recently won a host of film festival accolades. CA hosted a special on-campus screening of the movie later that evening. Full Spectrum Features has put out eight feature-length films. Many of them are what Park called “transmedia projects,” or films that build community beyond the screen.