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The Horace Mann School Alumni Council honored anthropologist, author, professor and Museum of Natural History curator Dr. Robert Carneiro '45 with the annual HM Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Achievement. Dr. Carneiro, the curator, since 1957, of South American Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History, is known worldwide for his research and writing on cultural anthropology, and for his groundbreaking "Circumscription Theory" that he published in a 1970 essay on the origin of the state as a political entity. His books include The Muse of History and the Science of Culture, published in 2000, and Evolutionism in Cultural Anthropology: A Critical History, published in 2003.
On October 7, 2014 Horace Mann School's Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA) and its Upper Division Service- Learning Team launched a new initiative with the Roads to Success after-school program at the AmPark Neighborhood School. AmPark is a small K-5 school located in the Kingsbridge neighborhood of the Bronx, within the Amalgamated Park Reservoir Cooperative Housing, steps from Van Cortlandt Park. It is also one of the schools with which the New York City-based Roads to Success program works, providing students with after-school homework help, enrichment activities in academics, the performing and visual arts and athletics, college preparation for older students, summer enrichment and more. As of October 2014, the AmPark-Roads to Success program added a new educational enrichment option for its students, by bringing 25 third-through-fifth graders from AmPark to Horace Mann one after-school day a week.
On the hot and muggy Friday afternoon of September 5, 2014, with the temperature at 87 degrees and the humidity rising, eight members of Horace Mann School's 22-member varsity football team climbed to the second story of a half-built house in Yonkers, N.Y., and began doing what they'd done every day since reporting to pre-season training for the Fall 2014 athletic season: They broke a sweat. On this day, however, it wasn't the teammates' laps around the field, their pushups, or tackle- dummy drills that had these HM Lions sweating. Instead, it was the bright sun beating down on them as they wielded hammers and hoisted wood panels. This was the first working day on the first "build" of a new initiative between Horace Mann School and Habitat for Humanity, the organization that builds homes for people in need around the world. By the end of the day the teammates had put into place the first of the second-floor walls of a home that Horace Mann School's Upper Division athletic team members, together with members of the school's Habitat for Humanity Club, will complete during the 2014-2015 school year. At the end of the build, when every floor, window and wall is in place, and the house painted according to its occupants' wishes, a veteran of the U.S. armed forces and his family will move in. To read more, click the title link above.
Alumnus Jordan Muraskin '03 and his company, Neuroscout, are featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Columbia, the magazine of Columbia University. "Start Me Up," an article written by Rebecca Shapiro, introduces the Columbia University Startup Lab, "a 5,100-square-foot co-working space for recent-alumni entrepreneurs." The space is managed by Columbia Entrepreneurship, and Neuroscout is one of the forty-five ventures granted a subsidized yearlong lease, according to the article. To learn more about Neuroscout and read the full article, click the title link above.
The October 20, 2014, edition of the Horace Mann School Lions Report features the 2014 Ivy League Champion Varsity Boys' Soccer and Varsity Girls' Tennis Teams. To watch the Lions Report video, click on the title above for the link.
Upper Division Visual Arts Department faculty member Prawat Laucharoen was recently featured in The Traidhos Quarterly, the magazine of the Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Thailand. Laucharoen, a native of Thailand, visited Prem for three weeks this summer as an Artist in Residence where he worked with 9th grade art students. Click the title above to read more.
On September 19th and 20th, Science Department member Dr. Jeffrey Weitz organized the first Life of the Mind Lectures on campus, inviting Dr. David Sanders '79 to speak with students on Friday, and Dr. Mark Siegel P '15, '19 to speak with students, alumni, and parents at Homecoming on Saturday. Click the post title above to watch both lectures on HMTube, HM's YouTube channel.
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