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Posted 02/03/2017 02:08PM
On Saturday January 28, 2017 a federal judge granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups for a nationwide temporary injunction to block the deportation of people stranded in U.S. airports under President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order banning entry to the U.S. by Muslims from seven countries. Arguing the case was Horace Mann School alumnus Lee Gelernt '80 who worked with colleagues around the clock to try to halt the effects of the Executive Order signed by the President the day before. The order bars entry to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, all countries with Muslim-majority populations. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 02/01/2017 11:39AM
"Hidden Figures" a film about three African American women mathematicians who broke race and gender barriers to contribute vitally to U.S. efforts to launch an astronaut into space, has been inspiring audiences worldwide since its December 25, 2016 release. On January 22, 2017 about 275 members of the Horace Mann School community joined the millions of viewers engaged by the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson who worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) before and during the height of the space race in the 1960s. Despite the significant contributions they made to this country's space program they were largely unknown until the 2016 publication of Margot Lee Shetterly's book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race upon which the Twentieth Century Fox film is based. Horace Mann School students, faculty members, parents and alumni gathered to see the film at NYC's AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 movie theater at the invitation of HM's Black Parents Union (BPU) and the HM Office of Diversity. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 12/29/2016 10:51AM
The holiday season stretches out over a month of activities that awaken the call to reach out to others, get together with friends and family, celebrate different traditions, and even enjoy leisure time to catch up on a good book, or engage in individual moments of reflection. The greater Horace Mann School community can find within it numerous opportunities to engage in all of these ways to observe these special days in the efforts of students, faculty members, administrators and families, as well as in the work of alumni from generations past. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 12/29/2016 09:38AM
Horace Mann School and Sanctuary for Families, an organization assisting victims of domestic violence and their children, marked their 24th year of observing the holiday season together with a dinner at HM on December 6, 2016. The dinner brought about 150 parents and children who are served by Sanctuary for Families to Horace Mann School's Cohen Dining Commons to enjoy a party that featured craft-making, face-painting, a visit with Santa, a delicious meal of turkey and trimmings, and cake for dessert. Each child left with a specially-wrapped present. The dinner was a true HM community affair. But it might not have taken place without many members of the Horace Mann School community working to organize the dinner and help make it the joyful event it was for all. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 12/28/2016 03:48PM
The 2016 holiday season is still in full swing, with observances and celebrations of every kind. The real holiday feast takes place, for football fans, in the days surrounding New Year's, when a full roster of college bowl games is on the viewing menu. For the Horace Mann School community the Orange Bowl game between the University of Michigan and Florida State, on December 30, 2016, will be the most exciting of the games for it will feature 12 HM dance students performing during its halftime show. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 12/22/2016 09:40AM
Horace Mann School alumnus Ari Hest '97 was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Folk Album category for "Silver Skies Blue" the album he and legendary singer-songwriter Judy Collins wrote and released together in June 2016. When the nominations were announced, on December 7, 2016, Collins tweeted: "It's wonderful to be nominated with Ari Hest for a Recording Academy / GRAMMYs for BEST FOLK ALBUM for SILVER SKIES BLUE! #ArtistVision #GRAMMY." Wrote Hest: "First nomination for a Grammy thanks to @Judycollinsofficial and all the musicians who contributed to #silverskiesblue." To read more, click the title link.
Posted 12/16/2016 04:37PM
For the past 33 years Todd Haimes '74 has worked to bring audiences the finest theater presentations as first Executive Director and then Artistic Director/CEO of New York City's Roundabout Theatre Company. In so doing he contributed both to NYC's cultural life and stability, and expanded the theatrical canon for audiences worldwide. Haimes was recognized for these accomplishments with the 2016 Horace Mann School Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Achievement, and presented with the award at a dinner in his honor on December 5, 2016. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 11/21/2016 06:25PM
In an Ivy League Sports website news post on November 17, 2016, Columbia University's ChiChi Ikwuazom HM '16 was named Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Year, sharing the honor with a Princeton freshman. According to the Ivy League website, "Ikwuazom leads the League with a .427 hitting percentage and 1.37 blocks per set. The New York, N.Y., native also ranks seventh nationally in hitting percentage and 28th in blocks per set. Ikwuazom is Columbia's first-ever Rookie of the Year honoree—and just its third "of the Year" award winner, joining two-time Defensive Player of the Year Wes."
Posted 11/13/2016 03:01PM
Horace Mann School's Katz Library was uncharacteristically un-quiet on Friday morning, November 11, 2016, as students turned from their books to listen to the music of one of their peers – HM senior Emily Spector '17 whose debut album "Departed Qualities" was released that day. But, since "day" begins at midnight, by the time Emily arrived at school dozens of her friends had already listened to the album, downloading it on their subway rides to HM, and then hearing it broadcast in the cafeteria upon their arrival at school as they grabbed breakfast before class. Several students made listening to the album their Snapchat "story." To read more, click the title link.
Posted 10/26/2016 10:38AM
A special exhibit on display at Horace Mann School's Fisher Hall Gallery from mid-September through October 24, 2016 gave members of the HM community a chance to appreciate and gain insight into the various talents and interests of the school's faculty, staff and administrators. The exhibit, titled "The Things We Live With" was curated by Upper Division art history teacher and Director of Independent Study Avram Schlesinger '90. Schlesinger curated a similar show at HM in 2013, after asking the entire HM employee community to submit works of art and special mementoes significant to them. To read more and see photos, click the title link.
Posted 10/26/2016 10:13AM
"From Drake to Sia to Shawn Mendes, today's superstars wouldn't be topping charts, filling arenas and disrupting the music business without the vision and hustle of these pioneering young executives." This is the lead in of the October 20th Billboard staff article, "40 Under 40: Music's Top Young Power Players Revealed." Featured on the list was Eliah Seton '00, President of the Alternative Distribution Alliance Worldwide (ADA). To read more, click the title link.
Posted 10/25/2016 03:58PM
On October 24th, Columbia University's website celebrated the selection of Chichi Ikwuazom '16 as Ivy League Rookie of the Week. According to ivyleaguesports.com, "Columbia freshman Chichi Ikwuazom (New York, N.Y.) tallied a team-high 12 kills as the Lions dropped a four-set decision at Cornell. The middle blocker hit .348 in the match and also added five blocks and a dig. She paces the Ivy League with a .439 hitting percentage and 1.41 blocks per set. The freshman also entered the weekend ranking among the top 20 nationally in both categories." The Columbia Athletics website added, "Earlier this season, Ikwuazom skied for 11 blocks as part of a three-set victory over Fordham, which tied for the third-most in program history in a single match." To read more, and see video, click the title link.
Posted 10/18/2016 11:55AM
Horace Mann School is hosting two conferences that deep dive into ongoing dialogues focusing on identity and equity and inclusion. The conferences offer affinity spaces to students who self-identify as young men of color and self-identify as young white men. Each conference presents an opportunity to unpack the complexities of race and gender in our schools and beyond. For more information about the Young Men of Color Symposium and the (Re)defining Power Conference scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2016, click the title link.
Posted 10/14/2016 01:56PM
Students can play an important role in the upcoming elections, even if they are too young to vote, noted two prominent political commentators in a discussion on the 2016 presidential race at Horace Mann School on October 11, 2016. "Even if you can't vote this year there are ways you can participate in the elections, not only on the national level but on the local and state levels, in helping to get out the vote, especially among older teens and people in their 20s and 30s who aren't as committed to voting as older people are," said David Leonhardt '90 an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and the paper's associate editorial page editor, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his columns on the financial crisis and its aftermath. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 09/30/2016 01:16PM
As blue skies spread over Horace Mann School's Bronx campus, replacing early morning clouds, first dozens, then hundreds, and then a record-breaking number of nearly 5,000 members of the HM community spread out around Alumni Field and into the school's gyms to watch games and enjoy the festivities of HM's Homecoming on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Later that evening over 550 alumni gathered for class reunions in Manhattan. To read more and see photos from the events, click the title link.