Phillips Exeter Academy’s 2013 Bennett Fellow, Molly Bashaw, will perform a reading of her work on May 7th in the Library’s Periodicals Room at 7pm.
Molly Bashaw grew up on small farms in Massachusetts and Upstate New York. She holds degrees in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany, in addition to a degree in English from the University of Rochester. For the last twelve years she has been living and working as a freelance bass-trombonist in Germany. Her poetry has appeared recently in Beloit Poetry Journal, and Crazyhorse, where it was awarded the 2011 Lynda Hull Memorial Award. Molly will be attending the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference in August on a work-study scholarship. Please join us to hear her perform her work!
The Friends of the Academy Library kick off another series of summer concerts, held in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall. This year’s series consists of six free concerts held on consecutive Wednesdays, each beginning at at 7 p.m. The first is “Paul Sullivan and Friends” on June 30th. Sullivan, a 1973 alumnus of the academy, is an accomplished pianist, composer, director, conductor and performer in jazz clubs, on- and off-Broadway theater, and in concert halls throughout the world.
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.
As a special thank you, the Friends of the Academy Library recently received a new brochure on our magnificent building. In a letter to members, Robert N. Shapiro ’68, chair of the Friends, shared his thoughts on the new publication:
“[The brochure] features the story of the philosophy and design of the building, insights about the great architect Louis Kahn, explanations of the original construction and renovations over time, schematic diagrams and enthralling photos. The brochure meets a constant need, as visitors arrive from around the world to see the structure and understand its iconic power. Over a decade ago, in 1997, the building was recognized by the American Institute of Architects with its important Twenty-Five Year Award for the “enduring significance” of its design and its contribution “to American life and architecture” – if there were a thirty-five year award, it would be residing in Exeter as well, as would some day a fifty year award. I found that reading the brochure yielded fresh discoveries about the Academy and the design process that turned educational principles and aspirations into both an extraordinary structure and a vibrant home of thinking and learning.”
You can find out more about the Friends of the Academy Library on our main website.
The Friends of the Academy Library kick off another summer of musical concerts, held in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall. This year’s series consists of five free concerts, beginning at 7 p.m. The first is “An Evening with Paul Sullivan” on June 24th. Sullivan, a 1973 alumnus of the academy, is an accomplished pianist, composer, director, conductor and performer in jazz clubs, on- and off-Broadway theater, and in concert halls throughout the world.
A new brochure giving an overview of the library’s history, features, and mission, was published in May. Replacing one that was created over a decade ago, the new brochure features updated imagery and text, which better represents today’s academy library. Its creation was made possible by the Friends of the Academy Library, a group established in 1930 to help maintain the vitality of the Library.