Head of School Holiday
Watch students react to Mr. O'Neill's announcement.
Welcome Back 2015-16
See what students and faculty are looking forward to in the 2015-16 school year, plus the Contra Dance and opening Convocation.
5/29/15 See the highlights or the full version of the day's events. Watch.
Now That's What I Call Music: Volume 1891
4/14/15 Take a musical ride with members of the Hotchkiss community. Rock on!
2015 Lufkin Prize Winner: Sarinda Parsons Wilson
4/10/15 In 2006, Dan Lufkin '49 established the prize 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 Sarinda Wilson's reflections on teaching and learning, or read her speech.
2014 Beal Lecture on "The Wisdom of Crowds"
10/30/14 Author and New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki shares his thoughts on how the collective wisdom of a crowd may be more accurate than the smartest guy in the room. Watch highlights or the full talk.
Senior astronomer of the Center for SETI Research gives the annual Augur Lecture
Wondering about life beyond our planet? See what scientist Seth Shostak has to say about the existence of ET in the universe.
Honor in the New Global Century
9/26/14 Part of the Fall Reunion, this discussion among members of the Class of 1964 discuss current issues on the global stage. Watch and learn.
The 2014 Alumni Award
9/26/14 Since 1931, the Hotchkiss Alumni Association has honored 82 alumni with the Alumni Award. This year, Hotchkiss celebrates Forrest E. Mars Jr. '49.
Inaugural George Van Santvoord '08 Lecture
9/18/14 Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Classics and History at Yale, gave the first in the George Van Santvoord '08 Lecture Series. Both highlights and the full lecture are presented.
9/2/14 Convocation celebrates the achievement of returning students and marks the official beginning of the school year. Watch the festivities.
9/1/14 The Contra Dance kicks off the school year. Do Si Do!
5/30/14 Graduation highlights from a perfect day... Enjoy!
5/12/14 The holiday tradition continues, with enthusiasm. Watch the students sing for a holiday, as Head of School Kevin Hicks and his family witness the performance.
Tributes for Retiring Faculty
5/2/14 More than 200 people gathered to honor four retiring faculty members: Robert Barker; George Faison; Nancy Gaynor; and Sandy Mirabile. See highlights of the tributes.
2014 Community Service Awards
4/25/14 Two remarkable alumni, Beth Schmidt '02 and David Shields '73, discuss what inspires their service to educational equality and environmental conservation. See the full ceremony.
Poet Paul Muldoon enthralls
4/24/14 Described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War," the Pulitzer Prizewinner shared his work with an engaged audience. See his reading.
2014 Lufkin Prize
4/22/14 Dr. Richard Kirby, instructor in chemistry and 2014 Lufkin Prize winner, brought the Elfers Hall audience to its feet with his inspiring talk. The full ceremony can be seen here.
Eco Day Activities
4/17/14 The annual Hotchkiss tradition continues, with trash cleanup, invasive species removal, and planting at Fairfield Farm. See highlights.
Alex Amidon '10 returns to Lakeville
4/8/14 Alex returns to Hotchkiss to speak with prospective athletes. Watch a short interview.
Blue Notes and Calliope
4/2/14 Our two a capella groups offer a concert in the Student Center. We hope you share the live audience's enthusiastic response. Enjoy!
Yale Professor Laurie Santos shares her research
2/25/14 Yale Associate Professor of Psychology Laurie Santos, who is doing groundbreaking work in primate and canine cognition studies, gave a fascinating presentation to students, faculty and staff in a recent Auditorium. Watch her lively talk.
Stu-Fac Basketball Tradition Continues
1/29/14 The annual Stu-Fac Basketball Game, held each year just before long winter weekend, resulted in a 33-30 win for the students. See the highlights.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Auditorium
1/20/14 Dr. Christina Greer, assistant professor of urban studies at Fordham University, speaks about "Building on the Dream." Watch her Auditorium presentation.
1/20/14 The Hotchkiss community comes together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. See excerpts from the program.
The Hotchkiss School: 2013 in Perspective
We wish everyone in the community and our friends the joys of the season and a happy new year. See what inspired us in 2013.
Susan Cheever on her latest work: a biography of E. E. Cummings
November 20, 2013 Author Susan Cheever shared some observations about poet E. E. Cummings with an overflow audience in Harris House. Hear her perspective.
Zubin Sharma '09 inspires students to action
November 7, 2013 Prior to the Upper Mid Class Themes dinner, Zubin Sharma gave a short speech, then got students into activities that reinforced the content of his talk. Here's what he said.
Dr. Oliver Barry '01 on appreciating the challenges of intercultural experiences
October 28, 2013 Oliver Barry has done HIV/AIDS research in South Africa, spent a Princeton fellowship year in Zambia working for Africare, and helped to found the Kucetekela Foundation in 2006, which provides educational opportunities for Zambian children. The Kucetekela Club at Hotchkiss helps sponsor student scholarships through fundraising events. His advice to the the class is informed by his experiences. Hear his talk.
Yale professor shares research from his
October 13, 2013 Professor Stephen Pitti, Yale Professor of History and American Studies, Director of the Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, and Master of Ezra Stiles College, visited Hotchkiss on October 18, 2013. His visit honored Hispanic Heritage Month.
Learn about Ceasar Chavez.
Parents' Weekend Opening Reception
October 10, 2013 If you missed the performances of the drill team, Blue Notes, Calliope and the Gospel Choir, here's the next-best alternative.
Get ready to rock.
Business as a Change Agent for Society
October 8, 2013 Esquel Group CEO Marjorie Yang P'99 leads a Hong Kong-based global textile and apparel manufacturer that produces over 100 million cotton shirts every year.
See her talk on how the business founded by her grandfather has evolved into a company of 55,000 employees.
2013 Alumni Award Ceremony
October 4, 2013 T. Russell Shields -- aptly described in The Hotchkiss Record as a tech trailblazer -- talks about his experiences at Hotchkiss, a career path abounding with innovation, and where technology is headed. Be inspired.
October 1, 2013 No explanation required. Share the joy.
Prep Class Theme Dinner
September 30, 2013 Leslie (Cakey) Worthington '09 talks about her path to environmentalism. From unearthing potatoes at Fairfield Farm in her upper-mid year to working for a land trust and pursuing a master's degree in environmental management and forestry, this Hotchkiss graduate had a great story to share. Watch her presentation.
Carol Muske-Dukes Shares Her Work
September 25, 2013 Poet, novelist, essayist and professor of creative writing Carol Muske-Dukes reads from her work and talks about her inspiration. See the video.
Wild Things! Princeton's English Department Chair Discusses the 2013 All-School Read
September 24, 2013 Dr. William Gleason, who teaches children's literature at Princeton University, shared his thoughts about Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's iconic book. See Dr. Gleason's exploration of the cultural moment of the book's origin, why it has endured, and how its design impacted the book's message.
Annual Beal Lecturer Explores Media
September 17, 2013 Each year, the Thaddeus Beal '35 Speaker Fund sponsors a lecture on a current event topic. David Pakman, who comments on news in his radio, television, and Internet broadcasts, presented a talk on "News and Media: Journalism or Public Relations. Hear his take on how news gets aired in mainstream media.
First Auditorium of the School Year
September 6, 2013 Dr. Kevin M. Hicks addresses the Hotchkiss community in his first Auditorium as Head of School. Hear his inspiring words.
September 4, 2013 Another Hotchkiss tradition, convocation is the first all-School meeting of the year. See the entire Hotchkiss community sing "Fair Hotchkiss together.
September 2, 2013 Coinciding with the day that all our students returned, a great Hotchkiss tradition continued. Tap your feet!
June 13-15, 2013 We offer four highlights of the weekend. Fay Vincent '56 discusses The Gift of His Example, his book about George Van Santvoord; Robert McCormack '58, Ralph Watson '58, Tim Litle '58, and Art Hebard '58 talk about technology; Julie Parker Benello '88, Aleca Hughes '08, and Lisa Brown '78 present "Back to the Classroom: Women in Leadership;" and Bennett Rathburn ’03, Steve Byrns ’73, Harriet Rogers Linskey ’78, and Robin Sobolewski ’93 talk about their community involvement in the Social Entrepreneurship Panel.
June 1, 2013 On a perfect, hot summer day, the Hotchkiss community celebrated the Class of 2013. Enjoy.
Thank you, Mr. McKenzie
May 28, 2013 In the last Auditorium before graduation, students shared this "thank you" video to Malcolm H. McKenzie, 12th Head of Hotchkiss. At graduation ceremonies, Mr. McKenzie remarked that it was one of the most touching tributes he had ever received.
Satirist and author Christopher Buckley
May 22, 2013 Christopher Buckley entertained an enthusiastic audience with stories of his father and other family members. Enjoy!
South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool
May 21, 2013 His Excellency Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the United States of America, visited Hotchkiss on May 21, 2013. Watch his address in the Faculty Room.
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.
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 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.
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.
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...
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.
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)
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).
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.
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.