Dr. King is remembered today and every day for struggling against the cultural legacies of American race-based slavery. He is also remembered for advocating the inclusion of equal rights for all people in the Declaration of Independence, the document that began the United States of America. In 1776, the Declaration was broadcast to the world as a message of hope. It spoke of human potential and the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yet for much of the history of the United States, that ideal was allowed to tarnish badly. The cotton boom of the early 19thcentury not only revived slavery but also established the first industrial revolution focused on the production of inexpensive cotton textiles. Exploitation of free labor increased in the North as human beings were forced to work to the quickening tempo of cotton-mill machinery. Antebellum Southern writers frequently referred to so-called Northern free workers as “wage slaves,” who had no recourse when maimed on the job by dangerous machinery. The Civil War of 1861-1865 resulted in the legal abolishment of slavery. It also freed up all restraints to entering the machine age at full speed, whatever the consequences.
At the very end of his life, Dr. King was broadening his focus to include the dignity of labor. He was assassinated while in Memphis to support a strike of garbage workers. King realized that slavery comes in many forms, some of which can demean the meaning of free labor. Had he lived beyond 1968, he would have seen the emergence of the global economy that is now repeating the U.S. story of labor in the 19thcentury in many far-away places. This new development affects modern American labor as well.
Over the course of this century, it is my sincere hope that Dr. King’s ideals may become actualized everywhere and that Webb students and graduates can play a meaningful role in bringing this about. As Webb's educational philosophy is devoted to encouraging the light of human potential, we need to remember what Dr. King stood for, so that not only the work of our own institution but the cause of education everywhere can expand opportunity both here and throughout the world.
On January 12, 2019 five accomplished alumni returned to campus for our first ever Networking Essentials with Webb Alumni session. The panel of speakers represented several industries including law, real estate, green energy and marketing. Eager students spent their Saturday afternoon with our incredible alumni learning about the vital skills needed to effectively network and succeed in the increasingly complex job market. Each panelist spoke about a different aspect of networking and gave a brief background of their journey after Webb.
During the first week back from winter break, students and parents had a chance to hear from young alumni about their experiences at college including managing academics and being away from home, maintaining a healthy mind and body, as well as a panel on college athletics.
USA Water Polo has announced Marcelo Leonardi '94 as the Midwest Zone recipient of the Sandy Nitta Distinguished Coaching Award. Leonardi is the Head Coach of the women's water polo team at the University of Michigan.
“The process of finding the right college is more often than not riddled with anxiety for both students and their families. It is paradoxically both increasingly complex and more streamlined than ever. Technology allows students to simply add multiple colleges to the Common Application with a few clicks. And yet the convenience doesn’t reflect the intricate web of criteria that factor into applying to one college over another.”
So opens the feature to our recent issue of WEBB Magazine. Reported and written by Christopher Michno, the piece delves into the myths and truths intertwined in the college admission process. He also offers up a series of personal success stories from recent Webb alumni now thriving at Stanford, Columbia, UC Berkeley and beyond. Part two follows young alumni who chose colleges related to their avocations—like art, business, engineering and others. The feature photography is done by Elisa Ferrari and focuses on the beautiful and varied architecture of the Claremont Colleges.
The Winter Dance Show 2019 UN / covered - is an exploration in what it means to cover and uncover - in music, dance, costuming, and text. Featuring choreography by dance coach and Webb faculty member Michael Szanyi and senior dance students, the show highlights self-expression through movement. How do we make something known? How do we bring that to light? By uncovering dance, the show asks audience members to explore how the study of movement informs their human experience.
It is no accident, I believe, that at this very moment there is a riveting tale in The New Yorkerabout the art and science of decision making. Or, at least, not an accident that I found it and read it. Here at Webb, at this time of year, there is no shortage of students and families making some of the most important decisions (they believe) of their lives--from admission to and enrollment at Webb, to college admission for our seniors. Joshua Rothman rights beautifully about it here, bringing in examples from Darwin, Tolstoy, the modern parent and more. Read it in The New Yorker.
Augustyn Family Curator and Director of Research & Collections Andrew Farke is quoted today in The Washington Post on the impact of the federal government shutdown on fieldwork planning for paleontologists. Beyond the impact on visitor centers at such places as Dinosaur National Monument and the Petrified Forest National Park, research and fieldwork on federal lands has been dramatically affected, too. Read more in The Washington Post.