Art & Music Celebrated in Back-to-Back Endowed Lectures in Engelhard Hall
Liz Torrey
Students and faculty gathered in Engelhard Hall on Friday, March 22 to enjoy the 2019 Payson Art Lecture, delivered by Erik Neil and Luisa Adelfio P ’16,’19. In their talk, Luisa (who is an artist) and Erik (who is Director and CEO of The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA) explored social protest art, and shared works of art—from the 17th century to the 21st—that have commented on or challenged racial and gender inequality, forced migration, and the deprivations of war. You can watch their presentation on our Livestream channel. The lecture is made possible by the Payson Art Fund, established by Joanne and John Whitney Payson P’05 in 2012, in honor of John’s mother Joan Whitney Payson, and to celebrate the graduation of their daughter Joan from St. Andrew’s. This fund provides biannual lectures by notable art historians, and in alternate years supports the installation of an art exhibition for the benefit of the St. Andrew’s community.

The following Friday, March 29, the Ariel Quartet (seen here) came to St. Andrew's last Friday to lead master classes with instrumental music students and give our annual Haroldson Music Concert. Watch this esteemed chamber music quartet, formed 20 years ago in Israel, perform on the Engelhard stage via our Livestream channel. The Haroldson Concert is made possible by the Haroldson Music Fund, created in 2012 by Katherine and John Haroldson in honor of their daughters, Sarah ’09 and Katherine ’12, with a goal of enhancing the skill and understanding of our student musicians and to broaden appreciation for music among all students.

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Summer Reading & 2019-2020 Visiting Authors
Elizabeth Roach

Summer reading assignments and suggestions have been posted to the SAS library website. In addition to this year's all-School read—Transatlantic by Colum McCann—you are asked to read two other books from the required reading list, all of which have been recommended by St. Andrew's faculty.

Next year, we have several brilliant visiting writers coming to campus. We're excited to announce that Colum McCann, who won the National Book Award in 2009 for Let the Great World Spin, will visit St. Andrew's for a day next year. At the end of the school year, we gave all current students a copy of TransAtlantic. Students should bring their book back to school with them - we will be studying the novel in all English classes next year before McCann's visit.

In fact, as you read TransAtlantic, and get to know the fictional version of Frederick Douglass that McCann creates in its pages, students may also want to dip into the work of renowned historian David Blight, whose recent biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (2018), which just won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes, among many others. Since we are always interested in how different disciplines can learn from one another—something you can see in the vast array of books suggested by the faculty—Professor Blight will be visiting on campus this year as well and will engage in a conversation with Colum McCann.

Additionally, in the fall, Richard Blanco—an American poet, author, civil engineer, and President Obama's second inaugural poet—will spend a day with our students. I strongly recommend reading his poetry collection In Looking for the Gulf Motel and his memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. In these works, he explores his Cuban heritage and his role as a gay man in Cuban-American culture. We are thrilled that he will be one or our visiting writers next year!

There is no summer homework beyond the required reading, but fun enrichment resources can also found on the summer work website, if you wish to keep in practice in your favorite subjects for the fall.

Summer reading assignments and suggestions have been posted to the SAS library website. In addition to this year's all-School read—Transatlantic by Colum McCann—you are asked to read two other books from the required reading list, all of which have been recommended by St. Andrew's faculty.

Next year, we have several brilliant visiting writers coming to campus. We're excited to announce that Colum McCann, who won the National Book Award in 2009 for Let the Great World Spin, will visit St. Andrew's for a day next year. At the end of the school year, we gave all current students a copy of TransAtlantic. Students should bring their book back to school with them - we will be studying the novel in all English classes next year before McCann's visit.

In fact, as you read TransAtlantic, and get to know the fictional version of Frederick Douglass that McCann creates in its pages, students may also want to dip into the work of renowned historian David Blight, whose recent biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (2018), which just won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes, among many others. Since we are always interested in how different disciplines can learn from one another—something you can see in the vast array of books suggested by the faculty—Professor Blight will be visiting on campus this year as well and will engage in a conversation with Colum McCann.

Additionally, in the fall, Richard Blanco—an American poet, author, civil engineer, and President Obama's second inaugural poet—will spend a day with our students. I strongly recommend reading his poetry collection In Looking for the Gulf Motel and his memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. In these works, he explores his Cuban heritage and his role as a gay man in Cuban-American culture. We are thrilled that he will be one or our visiting writers next year!

There is no summer homework beyond the required reading, but fun enrichment resources can also found on the summer work website, if you wish to keep in practice in your favorite subjects for the fall.