Bow Tie Bowl
May 13, 2013 A Hotchkiss tradition since Headmaster Rob Oden's tenure, the Bow Tie Bowl culminates in a competition between the two final teams in a field that began with 32. For those who missed the livestreamed event, we offer it here.
Eco Day, 2013
April 22, 2013 We have two videos of Eco Day. Jeff Goodell, environmental writer and contributing editor at Rolling Stone Magazine, kicked off the day by speaking about climate change in an all-School meeting in Katherine M. Elfers Hall. After an outdoor barbecue, students and faculty fanned out to various places on campus to work on removing invasive species, picking up trash, and planting at the farm. Highlights here.
2013 Community Service Award
April 12, 2013 Since 1992, 57 alumni have received the Hotchkiss Alumni Association's Community Service Award. Recipients are selected by the Nominating Committee of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and are honored at an award ceremony on campus. The 2013 awards were presented to Diego H. de Sola '91 and K. Elizabeth Waitkus '79 at an all-School assembly on April 12, 2013.
Wayne Gaynor, 2013 Lufkin Prizewinner
Established in 2006, the Lufkin Prize is given in recognition of faculty members who make a significant contribution to character development within the Hotchkiss community and thus serve as role models for the students. Watch Mr. Gaynor's address to the community.
The Stu-Fac Basketball Game
The 2013 version of a wildly popular tradition. Enjoy!
Isaac Normesinu Interview
3/11/13 In February, Isaac Normesinu was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Connecticut Boys Soccer Player of the Year, the first-ever selection from Hotchkiss. Here's his interview with Boys Soccer Coach Toby Elmore. Also on the page is "Love It Here," a moving documentary by Grace Gellman '12 about some of the students who came to Hotchkiss from the Right To Dream Academy and their effect on our soccer program, and on Hotchkiss in general.
RDFZ Marching Wind Band Performs
2/14/13 Valentine's Day included a stirring performance by the Marching Wind Band of our Confucius Classroom partner school in China, The High School Affiliated to RenMin University of China. Enjoy excerpts from their performance!
2/5/13 The Headmaster's Holiday, announced in a special early-morning Auditorium, was named in honor of Raymond McGuire '75. One group of students took part in a special activity that generations of Hotchkiss alumni have enjoyed.
2/4/13 This new interview series, in which faculty members and others in the Hotchkiss community share a conversation with a visiting scholar or expert in his or her field, allow all of us to learn more about an area of special interest, a topic in the news, or current scientific research.
Reading Poetry in our Native Languages
1/31/13 Students and faculty who attended this Chapel Talk were asked to "listen for sound and sense," as students from around the world recited poems in their native tongues. Hear the sounds of poetry in many languages (translation provided).
Visiting actor and director Janet Suzman
1/31/13 Artist in Residence Dame Janet Suzman taught classes, coached cast members of the upcoming HDA production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing," and gave an all-School talk. See highlights.
Hotchkiss Remembers Martin Luther King, Jr.
1/21/13 With the theme, "I Am," adopted from the Tremaine Gallery exhibition that featured the collection of Ray McGuire '79, alumni returned to share the day with current students. See two videos of the day's events.
In an interactive class that, due to technical difficulties, is only hinted at in the video, Instructor in English Geoff Marchant leads a discussion on the poetry of Dunbar and Burns at a special event sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations. See the connections between the two poets.
Chip Kidd reads from his work
Chip Kidd is a graphic designer at Knopf Publishing whose covers have earned him worldwide acclaim (Jurassic Park is just one example from his 26-year career). But he's also an author, and he addressed a packed Harris House living room, discussing his design work and reading from his first book, The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters. Here's his talk.
"There's no better way to learn about yourself than to travel," says Dan Heyman '05
Since leaving Hotchkiss, Dan Heyman has earned a degree in math and economics, worked for MIT's Jameel Poverty Action Lab in Sierra Leone, set up and evaluated a micro-credit product for rural farmers, and co-founded a business with West African artisans. More about gaining a global perspective
"Students today, leaders tomorrow; how you can help to promote global peace and democracy"
Jose Ramos Horta, former president of the Democratic Republic of East Timor and 1996 Nobel Peace Prizewinner, shared stories about two of his heroes. His talk illuminated the importance of humility, service, and selflessness. Who are his heroes? Find out here.
John Humphrey '67, 2012 Alumni Award Recipient
Since 1931, the Hotchkiss Alumni Association has honored 80 alumni with the Alumni Award. Meet 2012 award recipient John Humphrey '67, who has devoted his career to promoting the study and dissemination of knowledge about ancient Rome and its vast empire. Mr. Humphrey founded theJournal of Roman Archaeology(JRA). Now in its 25th year, JRA has become the premier international outlet for Roman archaeology, with 3,500 contributors published since the journal's founding. Watch John's address to the Hotchkiss community.
How We Know What We Think We Know about the Middle East
9/18/12 Rob Oden, Middle East scholar and Hotchkiss headmaster from 1989 to 1995, shared his thoughts on Egypt, a place with which he's very familiar. Hear his Beal Lecture presentation to an all-School meeting.
Contra Dance, an Opening Days Tradition
9/5/12 A string band, a dance caller, and nearly 600 exuberant students combine to make the contra dance a recurring favorite at Hotchkiss. Begun in the late '70s by math teacher Art Eddy, the dance brings the entire campus together for a night of fun before classes start. Tap your feet!
6/1/12 A perfect spring day greeted the graduates and families who celebrated the completion of their Hotchkiss careers. View the day's pomp and circumstance.
Aleca Hughes '08 on Service
May 2012 She’s won awards by the bucketful. But her story is all about humanity. Hear the advice the Wooden Award-winner gave students at the spring athletic awards.
"My Flag" Documentary Garners Multiple Awards
Ji Hwan “Brian” Ryu ’13 and co-director Danielle Jacobs ’13 created the award-winning film around the discussions about hanging the Tibetan flag that took place in the 2010-11 school year. In September, their documentary, “My Flag,” won Best Short Film in the student film category (winning over 27 other entries in the final round from high schools and universities) at the Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival. More recently, “My Flag” won Best High School Documentary in the International Student Film Festival in Hollywood, second place in the Student Documentary category at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and many other awards. Read more about "My Flag." Watch the film.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/15/12 Devin White '13 captured the spirit of a day filled with reflection, community, workshops, dancing, and poetry in this short video.
A Sm&shing Day at Hotchkiss
10/17/11 If you happened upon Walker Auditorium during October’s announced holidays, you might have seen a giant Rubik’s cube whirling about on the oversized screen before an audience of local sixth-graders. The Hotchkiss Math Club, along with faculty members Marta Eso, William Fenton, and Nina Otterson, plus Gayle Shanley from Indian Mountain school, hosted a math and science exploration day called SM&SH. See the keynote.
A school service assignment offers a glimpse into the Dining Hall
10/27/2011 For his School Service assignment, George Day-Reiss '13 works in the communications office. When we asked this thoughtful upper mid what video he thought website visitors would like to see, he responded immediately -- "the Dining Hall!" Here is George's completed project, with narration by Assistant Head of School and Director of Environmental Initiatives Josh Hahn.
Four Alums Featured in a video by Anna Hinck '08
Anna Hinck, who worked in the Alumni and Development Office this summer, interviewed four young alumni who also returned to Hotchkiss during their breaks.
Reunion 2011: Highlights of a talk by Porter Goss '56
6/11/2011 Former Director of the CIA and Former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Porter Goss ’56 gave a talk at Hotchkiss Reunion weekend called “A Matter of National Security.” Highlights of that talk are here. Please note that viewing of this video is restricted to Hotchkiss alumni.
5/27/11 Perfect weather crowned the celebration as Hotchkiss graduated the class of 2011. See highlights and James Moorhead '97's address to the students.
Panel of Experts Discusses the Middle East and North Africa
4/23/11 Paula Russo, instructor in history at Hotchkiss and a specialist in Middle East studies, moderated the discussion by this panel of experts that included Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, author of Mobilizing Islam; John Edwin Mroz, president of The EastWest Institute; and Karen Linehan Mroz, president of the Middle East Children's Institute. Watch their discussion.
The 2011 Community Service Awards
4/8/11 Jonathan S. Canno ’66, philanthropist and Founding Director of The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), gives his time and support to this international organization dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research; David Carleton ’85, is National Director of FareStart, and Founder of Catalyst Kitchens. Hear their presentations at an all-School meeting.
Richard Howard Reads
4/14/11 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, translator, and literary critic Richard Howard, author of ten volumes of poetry, has garnered myriad awards for his work. His visit was sponsored by Hotchkiss English Department and the P. Christopher Lambert Jr. ’76 Fund. Hear his reading.
Blue Notes and Baseball: A Winning Combination
4/17/11 Singing the National Anthem in a baseball park was a first for the Blue Notes, whose director, Laurie Myers Ellington '83, took the boys on quite a field trip! Now, please remove your hats.
Ambassador reflects on middle east and more
As part of a trip to campus to meet with history students, former Ambassador Robert Beecroft '58 also met with a small group of faculty members and shared his thoughts on his career with the Foreign Service in areas as diverse as the Egypt and the Balkans. A focus of the evening was on the revolts spreading across the Middle East. Watch here.
Civil War Historian Recounts Opening Act of the Civil War
4/6/11 Edwin Cole Bearss, Chief Historian of the National Park Service, offered his perspective on the attack on Fort Sumter. Watch this timely lecture.
Alumni and Students Lift their Voices Together
3/26/11 Hotchkiss in Harmony brought choral alumni back to campus to share their love of singing. This concert is the joyful culmination of their two-day reunion. Turn up your speakers and enjoy the show.
Foundation Head Discusses Poetry
1/25/2011 John Barr, president of the Poetry Foundation, explains the work of the organization and shares some of his own work. Watch and listen here. (~174 MB, 36 minutes).
Two lectures by Jonny Epstein: Shakespeare, poetry, and acting
Shakespeare as a young man as told through his sonnets
1/10/2011 On campus for a weeklong series of workshops, Jonny Epstein also gave an entertaining and enlightening tutorial on Shakespeare's sonnets and how they reflected the Bard's life as a young man. Learn about Shakespeare in love as interpreted by a seasoned Shakespearean actor.
A new approach to playing Shakespeare
1/24/2011 Epstein returns to discuss different ways of performing Shakespeare's work, illustrating his talk by offering variations of a scene from Julius Caesar (with the help of William Kinsolving).
A conversation with John Medina
11/18/2010 Rebecca Sobel '11, who is currently studying neuroscience, interviews Augur lecturer, research consultant, and author John Medina about his brain research. Enjoy their lively discussion.
A panel discussion in New York City on Media and Technology
11/9/2010 Panelists Shelby Bonnie '82, Tim Sullivan '81,
Eric Hixon '84 and Andrew Anker '83 share their experiences and views on
the current state of new media. Hear what the experts think.
From Hotchkiss to Time-Life: The Rise of Henry Luce
11/5/2010 Alan Brinkley, the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia, and author of The Publisher: Henry Luce and his American Century, brought the well-known Hotchkiss alumnus from the class of 1916 to life for an enthusiastic group of history students. Hear about Luce's life and work.
Fall 2010 Reunion Faculty Panel
10/31/2010 Dean of Faculty Kevin Hicks and instructors Katie Forrestal, Charlie
Noyes '78, Bridget Dixon Moon, and Paul Oberto talk about learning at
Hotchkiss with the 50th and 60th reunion classes. What they shared with alumni...
An environmental message aimed at children (but enjoyed by all)
Sam Lardner '82 and his band, Barcelona, packages his powerful messages
in pleasing tunes that had local elementary school kids and their
parents dancing and singing along. His performance of "Oceans Are
Talking" at Hotchkiss was part of a wide-ranging U.S. tour. Please enjoy!
William Kennedy discusses his writer's life.
9/30/10 After a day in Hotchkiss English classes, the renowned author gave a talk in the Faculty Room about what it takes to be a writer. Watch or download the video here.
2010 Beal Lecture
9/14/10 Beal Lecturer Jon Meacham, former Newsweek editor and host of PBS's Need to Know, offers his perspective on the mid-term elections. Watch excerpts here.
June Reunion "Blue Review"
6/11/20 On Friday night of Reunion Weekend, alumni participated in a first annual open-mic night. Watch the performances!
2010 Commencement Exercises
5/28/10 On a perfect day and in great spirits, the Class of 2010 celebrated their graduation from Hotchkiss. Hear remarks by Head of School Malcolm McKenzie and Instructor in English Sam Prouty here.
The Bow Tie Bowl, 2009
As competition in the 2010 Bow Tie Bowl heats up, we share the final match from last year's six-week series, shot and edited by Annie Wymard '11.
The 2010 Community Service Awards
4/26/10 Since 1992, 51 alumni have received the Hotchkiss Alumni Association's Community Service Award. Recipients are selected by the Nominating Committee of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and are honored at an award ceremony on campus. The 2010 recipients are Jennifer L. Case '80, founder and president of Cradles to Crayons in Philadelphia, and and the Honorable Julian T. Houston '62, Superior Court Justice who has devoted himself to improving the relationship between Boston's inner-city residents and local institutions. Watch the ceremony here.
This year's EcoDay observance began with an all-School meeting featuring an address by Kirk Talbott '74, an environmental lawyer with 30 years of global experience who is currently president and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America. Then work groups scattered around the area to pick up trash, remove invasive species, plant trees, and prepare herb gardens. The day continued with a vegetarian lunch on the Science Center lawn. Watch the address here.
Alumni Return to Coach Preseason Lacrosse
3/20/2010 Members of the lacrosse team returned early from spring break get some pointers from alumni players who went on to excel at Division I universities. Matt Striebel '97 (Princeton '01), Anthony Perna '99 (Princeton '03), Oliver Barry '01 (Princeton '05) and Eric Pittard '03 (Cornell '07) shared their skills with an eager squad in the full-day session. It was the team's first practice on the renovated Sprole Field, which was dedicated last fall. Click here to watch highlights.
Kim Ives '74 on Haiti
2/25/2010 Kim Ives '74 is a journalist for the Haitian newspaper Haiti Liberte. An expert on Haitian politics and culture, Ives recently returned from the devastated country. He came to Hotchkiss to explain the political and economic background of the country and its status in the wake of the earthquake's massive destruction. Click here to watch the video (436 MB, about 45 minutes).
Rivers of Ice
2/2/2010 Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, Orville Schell 'P10, is a long-time China observer, author, journalist and former dean and professor at the University of California, Berkeley. David Breashears, an accomplished mountaineer and filmmaker, is currently Project Leader for the Asia Society's Glacier Research Imaging Project. Together, they shared a powerful statement on climate change and the melting glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau. Click here to watch the video. (276 MB, about 45 minutes)
1/30/2010 Author Susan Cheever's day at Hotchkiss culminated with a lecture about her path to becoming a writer and her most recent book, American Bloomsbury. Click here to watch the video (~202 MB, 45 minutes)
Listening to my Soul
1/18/2010 Lloyd Zuckerberg '80 was the keynote speaker for "Our Community Stories," the 2010 Martin Luther King Day commemoration held on January 18th. Click here to watch the video (40 minutes, 296 MB).
David Yezzi Reads from His Work
1/13/2010 The English Department invited poet David Yezzi to share his work with the Hotchkiss community in January. In addition to attending classes, he gave this reading (40 minutes, 192 MB).
Science Research Presentations
12/10/09 Students in Paul Oberto's science research course presented their independently-designed research projects on various aspects of molecular biology. Students researched, designed and executed their projects from the second week of classes until Thanksgiving break. Three of them are featured here in videos shot and edited by Dillon O'Connor '10.
Interview with Ambassador Carolina Barco
In October, Carolina Barco, Colombian Ambassador to the United States, presented a seminar to the Hotchkiss community about Colombia, its history and its relationship with the U.S. Ambassador Barco's visit was the third in the Ambassador's Speaker Series sponsored by the Center for Global Understanding and Independent Thinking. While she was on campus, the Ambassador sat down for an interview with Jack Dickinson '11, which was taped and edited by Dillon O'Connor '10. Watch the video here.
The Alumni Award
Since 1931, the Alumni Association has honored 78 alumni with the Alumni Award. Selected by the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association, each recipient, through personal achievement, has brought honor and distinction to him or herself and Hotchkiss. We share videos from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 ceremonies here.
An opening days tradition: Contra Dance 2009
Since the 1970s, the School-wide contra dance has been held in the field house on the first night of orientation. Returning students look forward to the dance each year, and new Bearcats get quite an introduction to Hotchkiss fun. Enjoy!
Democracy Outside the Voting Booth
Students at Hotchkiss and Instructor in Video Bob Haiko teamed up with award-winning filmmakers from Global Village Media to produce this ten-minute documentary on the strength of individuals to effect change locally. The piece won Best Picture at The 2009 Williston Northampton School Film Festival 2 out of a field of more than 70 films.