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Alumni Events

MARCH 7, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Horace Mann School is teaming up with Independent Trust, a nonprofit organization that supports the professional goals of independent school alumni of color by offering job networking, community building, social engagement, and mentorship opportunities. Independent Trust is building a national network of independent school alumni of color. The organization organizes periodic meet-and-greet networking events in locations across the country.

HM is sponsoring a reception on March 7th for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) alumni of independent schools. The get-together will be held at The Brearley School on the Upper East Side (610 East 83rd Street). Fellow sponsors are Brearley and Dalton. Alumni of color who graduated from independent schools, both boarding and day, are encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration by February 28th is required. Anyone interested in attending should complete the linked REGISTRATION FORM to receive additional information about this event.

APRIL 17, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

The Alumni Book Day Chat – a book discussion event that mirrors the annual Upper Division Book Day – brings together HM alumni from across the generations with a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of the themes and issues raised by the featured book. A light meal and refreshments are offered. This event was last held in February 2020, just before the onset of the global pandemic.

The 2023 Book Day selection is Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang, a collection of science fiction/fantasy short stories that touches on the themes of beauty, religion, artificial intelligence, ethics, mathematics, art, psychology, and communication, among other topics.

Preregistration is required. Please indicate your interest in attending via the following link:

Reviews of Stories of Your Life and Others

  • “Shining, haunting, mind-blowing tales . . . this collection is a pure marvel. Chiang is so exhilarating so original so stylish he just leaves you speechless. I always suggest a person read at least 52 books a year for proper mental functioning but if you only have time for one, be at peace: you found it.”—Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • “Meticulously pieced together, utterly thought through, Chiang’s stories emerge slowly . . . but with the perfection of slow-growing crystal.”—Lev Grossman, Best of the Decade:  Science Fiction and Fantasy,
  • “United by a humane intelligence that speaks very directly to the reader, and makes us experience each story with immediacy and Chiang’s calm passion.”— China Mieville, The Guardian

About Book Day at Horace Mann School

Book Day, founded in 1995, is a decades-long tradition when Upper Division classes are suspended for an entire day to allow the entire HM community – students, teachers, staff, parents/guardians, and alumni –  to discuss and examine one book they have all read. All community members are invited to design and lead a session, whether it be a workshop, small discussion, interactive art exhibit, and larger assembly.



After a three-year hiatus caused by the 2020 pandemic, Book Day will return to Horace Mann School on April 19, 2023! Book Day, founded in 1995, is a day when the entire Upper Division community —  students, faculty, alumni, and parents — reads the same book and dedicates an entire school day to reflecting on the themes, ideas, and spirit of the work. All classes for students and faculty are cancelled and replaced by a full day of presentations, interdisciplinary workshops, discussions, art and theater exhibitions, and other activities.

The 2023 Book Day selection is Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. Selected by a committee of faculty, staff, and students, the book is a collection of science fiction/fantasy short stories that focus on beauty, religion, artificial intelligence, ethics, mathematics, art, psychology, and communication, among other topics. Several of the stories in the book received the Nebula Award, and one of the stories was the basis for the acclaimed 2017 film Arrival. Mr. Chiang is one of the present day’s most celebrated science fiction authors.

HM is seeking alumni from the following professional fields to participate in Book Day 2023:
  • Technology/Artificial Intelligence
  • Science Fiction (books, television, movies, etc.)
  • Film Production
  • Academia (linguistics, ethics, religion, mathematics, neuroscience, to name a few)
  • Faith-based professions

After reading the book, if you are interested in participating or would like to know more, please contact one of our Book Day Chairs:  Susannah Goldstein, Upper Division Librarian, at, or Susan Groppi, history faculty member and Grade Nine Dean, at

APRIL 23, 2023


HM alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Robert Caro ’53 will be coming to campus on Sunday, April 23rd for a screening of Turn Every Page, a new documentary that examines his writing process and his 50-year relationship with his editor, Robert Gottlieb. The film was directed by Mr. Gottlieb’s daughter, Lizzie Gottlieb. After the screening, Ms. Gottlieb and Mr. Caro will participate in a moderated post-screening discussion. Stay tuned for specific details.


APRIL 27, 2023


The 20th Annual Alumni Council Benefit will be held on April 27th at Lafayette in Manhattan. The event raises money for the Student Lunch Initiative, a project designed to fund the lunch subsidy program for qualified students in Grades 6 through 12 who receive financial aid. HM alumni of all ages are welcome! The evening features a silent auction, Buy-It-Now Boutique, inventive cocktails, and delicious fare, as well as opportunities for reconnecting with friends and meeting new and interesting people from other classes. You won’t want to miss it!



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