Sunday, 22 May 2011
Greetings Upper School Parents:
I hope prom weekend finds you rested and well. It is great to have a brief respite from the spring rains, perhaps allowing some of those mythical ‘May flowers’ a chance to grow! With the hopes of conjuring some spring good-humor, here is a late spring set of “Articles of Interest” as we speed towards the closure of May.
This Thursday, the MVS chapter of Amnesty International will show the award winning documentary, “Pray The Devil Back To Hell,” which chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks.
Our Amnesty Group has written discussion questions, which will be reviewed by Advisory Groups following the movie.
The link to the film is: http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/activists.php
In this season of graduation speeches, Mr. Munhofen forwarded David Foster Wallace’s memorable 2005 Commencement Address at Kenyon College. A gifted writer, Mr. Wallace reflects upon many of the important life lessons in his characteristic humorous style: http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/david-foster-wallace-in-his-own-words
Word is circulating that Garrison Keillor will step-down from his duties as writer and master of ceremonies of “A Prairie Home Companion” within the next two years, leading to a discussion of who could aptly fill his renowned red tennis shoes:
In this Sunday’s New York Times Opinion Page, Ben Schott (author of one of my most favorite books, “Schott’s Original Miscellany”) created a chart of terms of service for various world leaders; an interesting visual, to be sure: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/05/22/opinion/20110522_Schott_World_Leaders.html
With sincere regards,
Head of Upper School