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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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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