Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will return to the Catlin Gabel campus this fall, as a Karl Jonske Memorial Lecturer. His last visit was in 1999, the year of Karl Jonske's graduation, as a Jean Vollum Distinguished Writer.
The date for the Karl Jonske Memorial Lecture will be announced in late summer. Due to space limitations in our theater, this event will be open to Catlin Gabel community members only.
Upper School students will prepare for the lecture by reading Collins' Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001) this summer. This volume will soon be available in the Catlin Gabel bookstore.
We also highly recommend Collins' latest collection, Ballistics (2008) to those who might be interested in his most recent work.
The "Billy Collins, Action Poetry" website, which offers a series of animated versions of his poetry, is a flat-out hoot: http://www.bcactionpoet.org
The Poetry Foundation has a bio and links to several poems and audio files: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=80600
Publication history for Collins can be found at http://www.billy-collins.com
The Karl Jonske '99 Memorial Lecture Series honors a devoted student of English and lover of the written word. Karl graduated from Catlin Gabel in 1999, where he was a National Merit semi-finalist, a member of the varsity tennis team, and a captain of the varsity basketball team. He went on to attend the University of Chicago, where he was active in community service, sports, and the Model United Nations.
His many interests included reading, writing, scuba, and travel. He had a passion for working with young people and volunteered with middle school youth as a math tutor. He hoped to become a professional writer. In addition to the lecture itself, the memorial has provided for the acquisition of 687 titles to date by the Upper School library.
Past lecturers have included poet and essayist Ted Kooser, journalists David Lamb and Sandy Northrop, photographer Anne B. Keiser, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder.
Kevin Ellis and Yale Fan each received prizes of $50,000 from the Intel Foundation at the world’s largest pre-college science competition
Kevin developed a method to automatically speed up computer programs by analyzing the programs while they are running so that work could be divided across multiple microprocessors. Yale’s project demonstrated the advantages of quantum computing in performing difficult computations.
“The 1,600 youths from around the world who attended this week’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair showed me that the next generation of scientific and technological innovation is exciting and thriving,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “I hope that the energy these high school students exhibit about math and science will inspire yet another generation of innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs which will improve our world.”
This year, competition consisted of 1,611 young scientists from 59 countries, regions and territories.
Photo: Yale Fan, left, and Kevin Ellis celebrate their win in San Jose. Photo by Intel.
Out of more than 3,000 students who undertook a rigorous exam process, Yale emerged as one of 20 students from across the U.S. who now make up the 2010 U.S. Physics Team.
The team training camp, which is a crash course in the first two years of university physics, is an integral part of the U.S Physics Team experience. Yale will attend the training camp for his senior project. Students at the camp have the opportunity to hear about cutting edge research from some of the community’s leading physicists. At the end of the training camp, five students will be selected to travel to Croatia for international competition, where more than 400 student scholars from 90 nations will test their knowledge in physics, competing with the best in the world.
The U.S. Physics Olympiad Program was started in 1986 by AAPT to promote and demonstrate academic excellence.
The April 23 Upper School Diversity Conference for students and teachers celebrated the diversity in our community – scholastic, civic, and global. Students determine the structure and thematic focuses of the event each year.
This year's Diversity Conference began with an assembly with performances by Catlin Gabel students and teachers. The Jefferson Dancers performed after morning workshops, and the Maru-a-Pula Marimba Band followed the afternoon workshops. (The marimba performance is open to everyone.)
Students and teachers worked together to design and lead the workshops.
Critiques of Notions of Diversity / Multiculturalism
Offering critiques of the notions of diversity and the multicultural model
Homeless Youth & Education
Learning about issues affecting homeless youth
Masculinity / Re-defining the 21st Century Man
MALE PARTICIPANTS ONLY Two opinionated guests lead discussion of American masculinity
Israel and Syria (The Syrian Bride - film)
The interaction of Israeli and Syrian cultures
Living with Blindness
Hands-on experience of living with blindness
Fashion Influences Across Cultures
Who influences whom in the world of fashion?
Learn to cook Vietnamese cuisine
Un Dia Sin Mexicanos (A Day Without Mexicans - film)
Would America work without Mexicans? Watch the film…
Race, Drugs, and Prison Sentences (Snitch - film)
Film discussion on race, drugs, and prison sentences
The Genetics of Race (film)
Film discussion on the genetics of race
Dance with the Jefferson Dancers
Learn about dance with Jeff Dancers -- no experience needed
Diversity in France (The Class - film)
How is France handling culture clash? Watch the film…
Surgery on a Shoe String
Medical adventures in sub-Saharan Africa
Minstrels to Gangstas – Race and American Popular Music
How does pop music create / reinforce racial stereotypes?
Mercy Corps – Global Conflict Resolution
Mercy Corps guest leads discussion of global conflict resolution
Southern African Cultures
An exploration of Southern African Cultures
Factory Farming & Monoculture
The problems inherent to large-scale monocultural farming
Learn to cook dishes from around the globe
Access to / Progress of Technology Worldwide
Who has access to technology? Who uses what you throw out?
Child Labor & Human Trafficking
Study of human trafficking and child labor in today's world
Immigration in Context
Discussion of the contemporary immigrant experience
An exploration of Spanish-speaking cultures & cooking
Middle Eastern Cuisine
Learn to cook healthy food from the Mediterranean & Mesopotamia
The Modern Woman / Contemporary Femininity
FEMALE PARTICIPANTS ONLY What does it mean to be a woman in contemporary America?
Muslim Culture, in America and Abroad
A look at Muslim communities across the globe, perception vs. reality
The Sexes – How We See Each Other
An exploration of sex / gender relations at CGS
Contemporary Religious Practice
Panel discussion of contemporary religious identities at CGS
Use of Sexuality in the Media – Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert
SAFE-led exploration of sex / gender in the media
The Journey Towards a Multicultural Identity
Exploring biracial / multiracial identity
Political Diversity – Conservatives / Moderates at CGS?
Moderate and conservative political points of view, discussion
Bollywood and Bollywood Dance
Learn about Bollywood and Bollywood-style dance
Comparative Fairy Tales / Mythology
Learn about universal motifs in folklore from different cultures
Learn about learning styles and discover your own!
Viola Vaughn, founder and executive director of the nonprofit 10,000 Girls (http://10000girls.org) in Kaolack, Sénégal, West Africa, will speak at Catlin Gabel on Wednesday, April 7, at 12:45 p.m. in the Middle School Commons during her tour of the United States.
Vaughn is an American with an Ed.D. from Columbia University who received a CNN “Hero” award in 2008. She is a social entrepreneur who has built 10,000 Girls from an idea to a vibrant program currently serving 2,567 girls in 10 towns and villages in rural Sénégal. She periodically tours the U.S., speaking and participating in conferences to raise awareness of her organization's success in helping West African girls succeed as students and entrepreneurs. During her time in Portland Vaughn will also speak at Portland State University.
10,000 Girls has two primary programs: after-school education and skill-building, helping girls stay in school and complete their educations; and entrepreneurship, teaching a craft or trade and business basics to older girls who have already left school and need life skills to become self-reliant. The educational component provides tutoring and resources to help girls succeed in school. Older girls, who are no longer in school, learn sewing, baking, and other marketable skills, creating products such as dolls and table linens, which they sell locally and online. The girls also grow, harvest, and produce hibiscus, which they transform into tea and hope to export to the U.S. as Certified Organic. The girls in the entrepreneurial program have decided to donate nearly 50% of their earnings to the program, making 10,000 Girls entirely self-sustainable. In Sénégal – where 54% of the citizens live below poverty and 48% are unemployed – 10,000 Girls transforms the lives of participating girls and their families.
The dynamic Viola Vaughn, a long-time resident of Sénégal, dramatically describes the challenges and joys of running 10,000 Girls and speaks with passion about her organization's mission. She can relay fascinating stories, including how she convinced banks to open accounts for young girls, a first in Sénégal; why the girls chose to bake and sell cookies to raise money (like America's Girl Scouts); and the what poignant questions the girls pose at summer Democracy Camps in Sénégal.
In Portland, Violla Vaughn hopes to connect with individuals and organizations interested in the education of girls, as well as with businesses that might want to sell 10,000 Girls' products. She will also encourage individuals intending to volunteer for 10,000 Girls in Senegal.