Durham Academy News & Notes/Feb. 19, 2015  
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Q&A with 'I'm Not Racist... Am I?' director;

DA to screen documentary Wednesday

I’m Not Racist… Am I? is a documentary that follows 12 diverse New York City teens on a year-long journey to get to the heart of racism. Over the course of a school year, the film captures teens having tense and sometimes painful conversations through a series of workshops aimed at tackling difficult topics like stereotypes, the "n-word," individual bigotry and systemic racism. The teens also engage with their friends and family in discussions about race and privilege. Through these conversations, the film examines whether the next generation can truly be colorblind.

Durham Academy will host a screening of I’m Not Racist… Am I? on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium, followed by a question-and-answer session with producer AndreĢ Robert Lee. To preview the screening and Q&A, we caught up with Lee for an interview. Read More


Seventh-grade trip to Washington

is a new twist on familiar places

The seventh-grade trip to Washington, D.C., has been an institution at Durham Academy for decades. Older siblings and teachers alike spend much of the first semester of the school year passing along the fabled lore of journeys past to a new crop of seventh-graders. Read More


DA wins N.C. chess title, making

11-year championship streak

Durham Academy's K-12 U1600 chess team took first place at the 45th annual North Carolina State Chess Championship Feb. 13-15 in Charlotte. The victory continued DA's 11-year streak of winning at least one team title at the state tournament. 
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Snow and ice didn't put skids

on learning at Durham Academy

Frigid temps and slippery roads were no match for Durham Academy teachers' and students' passion for learning on Tuesday and Wednesday, when classes were canceled due to inclement weather. Thanks to the magic of technology, students were able to practice French pronouns, review lessons on America's founding documents and even rehearse for an upcoming play. Read More


Students launch diversity-focused

discussion series at Upper School

Durham Academy senior Faith Couch describes her school as a "multifaceted community," representing diversity in nearly every sense of the word. Even so, in such a tolerant environment, it's easy to avoid discussing certain issues of importance with people who are different from one another. So the Upper School Diversity Club has launched What Matters to Me, an initiative that encourages just those kinds of deep, sometimes controversial conversations on campus. Read More


Cavs swim well at state meet;

girls hoops begins NCISAA play

Durham Academy swimmers made a splash at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships on Monday, with senior Nathan Greeley's first-place medal in the 200 individual medley one of several medals brought home by Cavaliers from Greensboro. The varsity girls basketball team was to face Ravenscroft School in a first-round NCISAA game on Thursday. Read More


DA in the News

Elon University News:
Alumnus Lowell Oakley '14 competes on NBC's The Voice, premiering Monday

The Herald-Sun:
DA debate team advances to Sweet 16 of NYU International Public Policy Forum debate competition

Alumna Lauren Blazing '11, Duke field hockey goalkeeper,
is ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Yahoo! Sports:
Alumnus Mike Musante '93 among Duke alumni who worked to honor Dean Smith with 'DEAN' T-shirts


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Grades 7 & 8 Drama Performance
- Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Taylor Hall 

No School: Parent-Teacher Conferences (All-Day Care Available)
- Friday, Feb. 20 

Winter Varsity Athletic Awards Program
- Monday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building (Lower School campus)

Documentary Screening: 
I'm Not Racist ... Am I?

- Wednesday, Feb. 25, 
6:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

Grades 5 & 6 Band and Chorus  Performance 
- Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Order Deadline for DA Night at the Hurricanes
- Monday, March 23 

DA Night at the Hurricanes
- Sunday, March 29, PNC Arena (order tickets in advance)

Spring Break
- Monday, March 9-Friday, March 13 

No School: Faculty Work Day
- Friday, March 27 

No School: Good Friday
- Friday, April 3

No School: Faculty Professional Development
- Monday, April 6
* Tentative make-up day, only if inclement weather necessitates another snow day

Videos and Photos

Video: Lower School
ReadDA Kick-Off

Photos: Valentine's Day

Photos: Upper School Musical, 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'


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