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First Session of McDonogh Voices Sets Stage for Series

The inaugural session of McDonogh Voices—One School. Many Perspectives. on Thursday, November 18, attracted an engaged audience of alumni, faculty, students, and parents both in the Klein Lyceum and via livestream. The session, History and the Inclusion of New Voices, set the stage for the multi-year series of learning and discussion opportunities for the entire community. Watch a recording here.

Panelists Nadine Knight ’95, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at College of the Holy Cross; Jessica Levy ’04, Assistant Professor of History at Purchase College, SUNY; and Upper School history teacher John Wood provided an overview of how history is understood and communicated. They also spoke about how various institutions and their disciplines have evolved in their understanding of the stories they tell about people who have been overlooked or deliberately erased.

Moderator Kerry Johnston, McDonogh's Chief Philanthropy Officer explained the goal of the program saying, "Our hope is that highlighting stories from our past will bring us together as a community and ensure that everyone is a part of the McDonogh story."

After a thoughtful Q&A period, Johnston introduced a Tuttle Gallery exhibit entitled, “Lillian’s Invisible Career.” The show, which features the photographs of guest artist Akea Brionne, was made specifically for McDonogh Voices. Her personal work investigates the implications of historical, racial, and social structures in relation to the development of contemporary black life and identity within America. See an interview with the artist here.

Learn more about upcoming sessions in the series McDonogh Voices—One School. Many Perspectives.

McDonogh Voices is being developed by a group of McDonogh alumni historians and scholars working in partnership with administrators, staff, and trustees.