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-Steiner, Head of School
Good neighbors and good work
Next Thursday, October 2, Duke School will host Michele Stephenson, filmmaker of American Promise, the film that catalyzed intense and multilayered conversations among DA faculty and families last year.
Michele and her husband Joe spoke with our faculty last August about their film, their family, and the 12-year journey of their son through New York’s Dalton School. After screening the film again for students and parents in April, we struggled to find additional time for conversation and processing. Here’s a good opportunity.
Click here to see my earlier post about American Promise. Or here to see more information about the Duke School event, to which DA families have been warmly invited.
Two weeks from today, DA will host the annual Triangle Diversity Alliance (TDA) Conference for area independent school students in grades 8-12.
This year's theme, "Media Remixed" will explore how media representation shapes and reflects our respective identities. The TDA conference offers a place for students of color and their allies to affirm their identities and cultivate their skills to become culturally competent and courageous leaders. More than 100 students will be joining us from Cary Academy, Carolina Friends School, Charlotte Country Day, Ravenscroft, Saint Mary's, and DA.
- Bill Bell (Mayor of Durham)
- Dr. Blair Kelley (DA parent and Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University)
- Dr. Mark Anthony Neal (Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University)
In addition, students will participate in workshops offered by faculty members – including several of our own:
- A Culture of Stereotypes - Jordan Babwah & Owen Bryant (Durham Academy)
- Beyond High School: Making a Difference - Derek Rhodes (DA alumnus, Duke '15)
- Our Voices: Are they Being Heard? - Constanza de Radcliffe, (Durham Academy)
- Girl Talk - Leslie Williams, (Cary Academy) and Naa Adom, (Durham Academy)
- Danger of a Single Story - Jason Franklin (Cary Academy)
- It’s OK to be You – LBGTQ - Donnie Smith (Knox School, NY)
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