Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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Franklin, Marshall, Porterfield, and lunch

A half-dozen sophomores, a few of their teachers and I had lunch with Dr. Dan Porterfield, President of Franklin and Marshall University.

Not every day can we have such immediate and relaxed access to university presidents. But Elizabeth Everett (DA's Co-Director of College Counseling) made Dr. Porterfield and our students feel right at home. Over lasagna, they talked about the distinctions of a liberal arts education, the contemporary lives of university students, and the ways in which today's teenagers can most energtically "catapault" (a favorite word of Dr. Porterfield) themselves into leadership roles in the world.

As Dr. Porterfield puts it, "Liberal arts education is the single finest form of cultivating emerging human talent and character that this world has ever known."

Click here to see a 3-minute video of Dr. Porterfield in action on the F&M campus. Or here to see his remarkable biography.

Posted by in Upper School on Wednesday March, 19, 2014


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