The author of Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion, Nishta Mehra will speak on “Brown White Black: Living Authentically” at a virtual Society of Skeptics on September 22, beginning at 7 p.m. History department chair Jason Beck will email a private webinar link to Blair community members on the morning of the presentation, and Blair will post a recording publicly on its website the following day.
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Blair alum Niki Applebaum ’01 took the reins of the college counseling office this summer, bringing extensive experience on both sides of the college admission process.
It is perhaps no surprise that Tys Sweeney ’17, founder of the student-run Blair publication The Oracle and Oracle Radio, has gone on to create a new project management software called “StoryDesk” as an economics and political science major at Tufts University. The college senior developed the software to expedite the process from assignment to publication of a written piece, in newsrooms, communications offices and many other settings.
“The Afghan Peace Process” was the topic for the evening when Islam scholar and retired Army major Jason Howk once again visited the Society of Skeptics. Mr. Howk is a regular Skeptics presenter, who has shared his expertise on foreign policy, Islam, the Qur’an and Afghanistan with the Blair community over the past several years.
The Society of Skeptics is one of Blair’s most storied programs, a fact that can undoubtedly be attributed to the vision and deep commitment of former history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, who helmed the program from the 1980s until he retired last June. Upon Dr. Miller’s retirement, history department chair Jason Beck took the reins after years of working closely with Dr. Miller and supporting the development and execution of the program.
Blair Academy welcomed 152 new students at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, including 96 freshmen in the class of 2024. The School received more than 1,300 applications for admission during the 2019-2020 admission cycle, the highest number in its history. Now that the academic year is underway, each new student has the opportunity to uniquely contribute to the Blair community and make the most of all that the School has to offer.
Having fled war-torn South Sudan with his family in 1990, Luol Deng ’03 entered Blair Academy nine years later as a freshman from the United Kingdom and went on to a storied basketball career that took him to the highest echelons of the sport. Today, the former two-time NBA All-Star is a global philanthropist and leader of the Luol Deng Foundation, a nonprofit he founded in 2005 that uses basketball and education as tools to give hope to all South Sudanese in Africa and around the world.
Blair’s 173rd year opened on August 30 with an outdoor Convocation that brought the community together, both in person and virtually, on the eve of the academic year. Head of School Chris Fortunato set the tone for a year that will surely hold a special place in School history as he encouraged faculty and students to keep trying no matter what challenges they face and no matter what the world throws their way.
Orientation is a much-loved Blair tradition that brings students and faculty together at the start of each new school year. This year, as the community endeavors to stay safe and well amid the coronavirus pandemic, Orientation has expanded and taken on a different look, yet its goals remain the same.
The health of our students, faculty and staff is Blair’s highest priority, and limiting our community members’ exposure to others is critical to our plans to stay safe and on campus this fall. That’s why, out of an abundance of caution, Blair, along with all five other schools in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL), has decided to cancel the fall 2020 MAPL season.
The Blair Bulletin is mailed to Blair alumni, parents and supporters every spring and fall.
Each issue of the magazine informs readers of campus happenings through the Head of School column, alumni profiles, feature articles and regular sections. "Class Notes" includes alumni updates by class; this section is available in the printed editions of the Bulletin and on the password-protected "alumni" section of this website.
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The Blair Review is an annual compilation of essays written by members of the Blair community, and co-edited by history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, and Director of Timken Library Ann Williams.
Below is a PDF archive of the Blair Review since 2010. The files are quite large and may take some time to download. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.
Throughout the course of the 2018-2019 school year, Blair Academy, its students and its faculty have appeared in a wide range of news stories spotlighting their work inside and outside of the classroom, their successes on the athletic front, and their impact on a host of industries well beyond graduation.