For the past twelve years, we have enjoyed an extraordinary exchange with the Steiner School in Stuttgart, Germany. As a result of the efforts of people like Colwell Center Director Glenn Ehrean, hundreds of Academy students and a dozen faculty have traveled to Stuttgart and have hosted students and faculty from Germany in exchange. Furthermore, in preparation for their studies abroad, these students and faculty have learned some German and some key aspects of German culture. Programs like these make the world seem a little bit smaller and help the Colwell Center spread its message that "different doesn't necessarily mean wrong" and "what unites us as human beings is far more powerful and important than what divides us"—two ideas that our world urgently needs to understand and act upon.
The second speaker of the season is Elise Lawson, naturalist and wildlife biologist. Elise will talk about her research on wolves in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada, her research on moose in northern Ontario, Canada, and her current work in the Randolph Community forest.
This Saturday night, as students and their parents celebrate Parents' Weekend, I will have the privilege of joining a table of Northeast Kingdom residents as we celebrate alumnus and now Academy teacher/coach Taylor Coppenrath's induction into the University of Vermont's Hall of Fame.