2015 Faculty & Alumni Classes

Friday, June 12

4 – 5 p.m. Is Capitalism Ethical?
Tom Hodgson, Instructor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Economic inequality, environmental stress, societal fragmentation, and lifestyle discontent have all been tied to the modern economic arrangements known collectively as “capitalism.” We will consider how best to answer these and other related questions: What is capitalism, and what—if anything—is it good for? Under what circumstances, if any, can a capitalist economic arrangement be consistent with ethical principles and outcomes
Cochran Chapel, Choir Room
4 – 5 p.m. All About the Brain: Current Findings in Neuroscience
Dr. Solange Brown ’85 and Dr. Richard Masland ’60
Dr. Solange P. Brown and Dr. Richard Masland will discuss current findings in neuroscience research. Brown is an assistant professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and serves as the university’s investigator in the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research. Masland is a senior scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute, David Glendenning Cogan professor of Ophthalmology, professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and a senior scientist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Kemper Auditorium

Saturday, June 13

8:15 – 10:15 a.m. Write for Your Life!
Lou Bernieri, Instructor in English and Executive Director of Andover Bread Loaf and Rich Gorham ’86, Associate Director of Andover Bread Loaf
Intergenerational writing workshop for age 11 through adult. Get a taste of Andover Bread Loaf (ABL) teaching methods and discover how fun and rewarding writing can be. Participants will create works of poetry and prose based on their own lives. Tapping into our natural instinct for self-expression, ABL methods liberate the natural writer within all of us and help transform teaching and learning inside and outside of the classroom. Seating is limited.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, second floor
8:15 – 10:15 a.m. Birdwalk: Introduction to Ornithology
Marc Koolen and Thomas Cone, Instructors in Biology
Please join us on a bird walk through PA’s diverse array of habitats, including Rabbit Pond and Andover’s bird blind. In case of rain, we will spend time at the Greene-Smith Collection in Gelb and in the library and look at our collection of nests of local birds. Our supply of binoculars is limited, so bring your own if you have them. Rain or shine.
Gelb Science Center, Room 103
9 – 10:15 a.m. Adventures in Astronomy: When Bodies Collide
Caroline Odden, Instructor in Physics
From NASA’s Dawn mission to the fireball over Russia, asteroids are in the news and capturing the imagination. What is the difference between an asteroid and a meteor? What can we learn about the solar system by studying asteroids? Should we worry about an asteroid hitting Earth? Join us to learn more about the space rocks that astronomers once referred to as “the vermin of the sky.” This class will also include a visit to the observatory.
Gelb Science Center lobby
9 – 10:15 a.m. Connected Learning: Andover’s Math Department meets Khan Academy
Bill Scott, Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science Department
Two years ago, Phillips Academy launched an unprecedented partnership with Khan Academy, the groundbreaking nonprofit organization dedicated to providing “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Andover teamed up with Khan Academy to create a BC Calculus course, putting content created by the PA math department within reach of thousands of students. During an interactive math class, Bill Scott will demonstrate the workings and methods of Andover’s partnership with Khan Academy.
Morse Hall, Room 207
9 – 10:15 a.m. Poetry and the Image: Emily Dickinson’s “Before I Got My Eye Put Out”
Paul Tortorella ’80, Instructor in English
Young people have been training themselves to be visual learners through the use of iPads, video games, YouTube, and other technologies. Harnessing and applying this learning method to reading poetry is the essence of the class. We will read what at first appears to be a difficult Dickinson poem. By focusing on the images in the poem, I hope to demonstrate that seeing (as opposed to analyzing) what there is to see brings a far greater understanding of literature, empowering students to rise above fears and self-doubt. This class provides a small sample of what occurs in English 200 winter term, a course devoted to the experience of reading poetry.
Bulfinch Hall, Tirana Room (ground floor)
9 – 10:15 a.m. The Story of Brian Gittens ’89,
a documentary film by Jack McGovern ’15
Followed by a Q&A with McGovern and Linda Griffith, incoming Assistant Head of School for Equity and Inclusion
This 40-minute film chronicles a 1989 protest that led to the recognition of Martin Luther King Day at Andover. Featuring interviews with Dr. Brian Gittens ’89, Dr. Cathy Royal, Bobby Edwards, and Don McNemar, this is an inspirational and empowering story that highlights the importance of multicultural education.
Kemper Auditorium
9 – 10:15 a.m. The Course of Study: Andover’s Curriculum Then and Now
Will Watson ’50 and Patricia Russell, Dean of Studies
This session will compare the formidable curriculum of 1950 with the more than 300 courses offered to today’s students.
Underwood Room
9 – 10:15 a.m. 9/11 Memorial Museum Presentation
Jake Barton ’90
Jake Barton is principal and founder of Local Projects, a media and architecture firm. He and his team designed the media for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, including the algorithm used to place names around the memorial itself. Barton has addressed numerous conferences, including TED and WIRED by Design, reaching almost a million people, and he is on Fast Company magazine’s list of 50 Most Influential Designers.
Tang Theatre, George Washington Hall

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