Our Second Annual Homecoming Weekend was a great success! About half of our graduates, along with scores of parents, board members, friends, and current students and teachers, shared a memorable two days in DC.
This week we confront one of the most challenging topics in the world: the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. We began on Monday morning with a PowerPoint overview of the conflict, in order to ensure that everyone had a basic understanding of the dispute.
This week was one of the more fulfilling case studies in SEGL’s history. After a Monday morning session that got students reflecting on differences within our community (political, racial, socio-economic, geographic, and more), we spent time on Tuesday evening’s Flex period (the evening without homework before Ethics and Leadership Wednesdays provides an extra opportunity for learning) watching and discussing the PBS documentary Ghosts of Rwanda.
Windswept, wet, and none the worse for wear, the 21 students of Fall 2011 are here, and they are fantastic. Hailing from California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Vermont, they have already distinguished themselves by their enthusiasm, conviviality, and thoughtfulness.
What can eight students from an extraordinary set of backgrounds accomplish in seven days? Our inaugural cohort of Summer at SEGL students found out last week in a jam-packed, enlightening, and meaningful session.
On the afternoon of April 11, 2011, at 2nd and Constitution Avenue, there was a protest against Congress’s decision (as part of a budget deal) not to allow government-subsidized abortions for low-income women in the District, even though the DC government approved them and uses its own tax money to pay for them.
If you were to walk into the SEGL Director’s Office, you would soon notice a prominently displayed photograph. The picture (left) shows the civil rights legend John Lewis in a tan overcoat at the front of a long line of protestors who have just crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the now-famous Selma-to-Montgomery March on March 7, 1965: “Bloody Sunday.
Should the government cut funding for organizations (at home and abroad) that provide abortion services? Congress is debating this issue vigorously this month, with passionate speeches from both sides of the aisle.