2010 Lamont Poet Comes to Campus

Hass's most recent book of poetry

Robert Hass, the 2010 Lamont Poet, will come to Phillips Exeter on November 4th for a free and open to the public reading at 7:30pm in the Assembly Hall. Hass, who was the 1995-1997 U.S. Poet Laureate, as well as a National Book Award winner and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, is known for much more than just his poetry. Hass has also been a crusader for American literacy as well as a champion of environmental causes,  which won him the 1997 Educator of the Year by the North American Association on Environmental Education.

The Library of Congress offers an online resource guide to Hass, where you can find links to more information about the poet, including audio and video excerpts.

You can learn more about the Lamont Poetry Program here.

Looking for Harmony: Technology and Music Instruction

Jung Mi Lee instructing a student

Any discussion of technology in the music classroom is bound to include thought-provoking commentary and intriguing anecdotes. The abundance of software programs and Web-based social media outlets available today intensifies the opportunities and challenges of incorporating technology into teaching. While some music teachers have embraced these offerings as a way to diversify their instructional methods, others have proceeded more slowly, questioning the role of technology in a process that has long been characterized by face-to-face interaction. While it appears that most classroom music teachers have come to terms with technology as a teaching tool, there is still considerable debate over its proper role in the private teaching studio.

Charlie Jennison

Recently Drew Gatto, the academy’s music librarian, interviewed two PEA adjunct music faculty members, Jung Mi Lee and Charlie Jennison, to find out how technology—specifically sound recordings, digital music files and notation software — has impacted their private teaching studios.

Please click here to read the complete interview.

2010 Lamont Poet, W.S. Merwin, named the new U.S. Poet Laureate

Just two months after giving a reading at the Academy as part of the Lamont Poetry series, W.S. Merwin was named Poet Laureate of the United States. You can read the official Library of Congress press release here, and a recently published New York Times article about  Merwin here.

To read a handwritten poem by Merwin, as well as those of the other Lamont Poets, please see the Library’s special online exhibit.

The new U.S. Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin (photo by Brian Crowley)

A New Library Brochure in Praise of George Bennett, Class of 1923

With funding provided by the Friends of the Academy Library, a new publication has been produced celebrating English instructor George Bennett ’23 (1905-1965) and the writing fellowship that was created in his honor. The booklet features essays by alumnus and writer, Elias Kulukundis ’55, and Charles Pratt ’52, who administered the fellowship for over three decades. The brochure, entitled “An Invisible Mentor: George Bennett, the Man Behind the Fellowship,” is available in Rockefeller Hall in the Library.

Fall 2010 Lamont Poet Selected

Poet Robert L. Hass

The Lamont Poetry Committee has just announced that Robert L. Hass will be next fall’s Lamont Poet. Hass is an American poet who served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. He was awarded both the 2007 National Book Award and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for “Time and Materials.” He’s scheduled to be on campus November 4th-5th for a reading that will be open to the public, and to meet with with students.

The 2009-20010 Lamont Poetry Committee. Back row, left to right: Todd Hearon, Brooks Moriarity, Matt Miller. Front row, left to right: Jane Cadwell, Jackie Thomas, Eimer Page, Tanya Waterman, and Ralph Sneeden.

Academy Librarian to Retire

Academy Librarian Jacquelyn H. Thomas

After having taken the fall term off for a sabbatical , the Academy Librarian, Jacquelyn H. Thomas has returned to work, but sadly, only until the end of the school year. Having held the position for over 30 years, Thomas’s value to the Library, as well as to the Academy as a whole, cannot be overestimated.

Thomas will work on special projects through the spring, while Academy Archivist Edouard Desrochers will handle the day-to-day duties of running the Library.

A Taste of Academy History

Ed_junior_studies_archivesAs part of Junior Studies, the required course that all ninth-graders take, all 17 sections heard a 50-minute presentation on the Academy Archives.  Students enjoyed a rare opportunity to view first-hand items such as the original deed of gift, early trustee minutes, faculty minutes, school catalogs and view books, sheet music for school songs, club records, student diaries, and scrapbooks, as well as first copies of student publications like The Exonian, The PEAN and the E-Book.  The period ended with excerpts from student letters and a selection of images from the vast collection of archival images.

More pictures from the Archives presentation