Following the recent Atlanta Spa Shootings, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum hosted a national conversation on race and gender held over Zoom on March 25. This webinar featured speakers such as Representative Grace Meng, New York’s 6th Congressional District, Sung Yeon Choi, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum, and Andover alumnae Ai-jen Poo ’92, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
On Saturday, March 27, the Theater and Dance department featured the Winter 2021 THD 920 production, “8 Perspectives.” This performance consisted of a short film played over Zoom and a collection of student research regarding the relationship between activism and performance. The research and individual segments were based on current events such as Covid-19, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the students’ personal lives.
The Addison Art Gallery hosted a What Could it Meme night over Zoom on Friday, March 25 at 8 pm. Students were tasked with deciding captions for various pieces in the gallery and could either join the event alone or make a team with their friends. The team or person with the best captions had the opportunity to win prizes.
On Monday, March 29, the Community and Multicultural Development office hosted a virtual Stop Asian Hate vigil. At the event, remarks were offered by members of the Andover community, including Midori Ishizuka, Instructor in History, and William Tong ’91, P’24, Andover alumni trustee and Attorney General of Connecticut. Following the vigil, those interested were welcomed to engage in dialogue, and on Tuesday, Molly Engel, Instructor in English, invited community members to make an ema, a small wooden plaque for wishes and prayers.
Health Occupation Students of America, a student-led organization of students interested in careers in health sciences, have been working with the alumni engagement office in organizing an alumni medical conference that will be held on Saturday, April 3. This conference invites students, parents, and alumni to hear from Head of School Dr. Raynard Kington and Andover Alumni who specialize in healthcare.
The Addison Community Ambassadors and Student Advocates for Climate Awareness are hosting a lunchtime conversation with artist Andrea Chung about her exploration of art and environmental racism on Friday, April 2 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST. Andrea Chung lives in San Diego and her work strives to highlight environmental justice and injustices, one example being how the history of sugar production and consumption is directly linked to colonization and lasting environmental issues.