Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery, December 2nd - 9th
A group of Tibetan Monks will visit The Hun School this December for a series of programs and workshops celebrating their history and culture. The Monks of Drepung will share sacred Tibetan traditions as demonstrated through art, living ritual, dance, cuisine, and prayer. Their teachings center on their ancient traditions and beliefs in global peace, non-violent conflict resolution, compassion, and wisdom.
The programs will include a Sand Mandala Demonstration, Tibetan Cultural Pageant, Hands-on Art Workshop, Cooking Demonstration and Dinner, and a Closing Mandala Dissolution Ceremony.
The Virtual Choir with Eric Whitacre,
, 9:30 a.m.
people together and creates community. Eric Whitcare’s Virtual Choir extends
that goal to the digital world, merging the voices of thousands of
international singers into a global choir that transcends geography, class, and
background. The original Virtual Choir has received over 3 million hits on
YouTube and won plaudits for both its awesome emotional power and technical
accomplishment. The premiere at TED of Virtual Choir 2.0 has been viewed online
more than 3.5 million times in the last year. Virtual Choir 3 was launched in
April 2012 at the Lincoln Center where Eric was joined by the curator of TED, Chris
Anderson, and Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano for a
discussion on music, technology and the future.
In today’s diverse
but interconnected world, where every business is likely to have employees
spread across the globe, it’s important to embrace technology’s potential for
bringing people together and fostering collaboration. Mr. Whitacre offers both
a deep understanding of the power of participation and a vivid example of the
leadership that makes this all possible.
Mr. Whitacre attended the Julliard
School. He has enjoyed a meteoric career
that has seen him writing for the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra,
Chanticleer, Julian Lloyd Webber and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin
Rundfunkchor, and The King’s Singers.
His musical, Paradise Lost: Shadows
and Wings, won both the ASCAP Harold Arlen award and the Richard Rodgers Award,
and earned 10 nominations at the Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. As
a conductor, Eric has performed in the US, Japan, Australia, China, Singapore,
South America, and much of Europe.
In Spring 2012, his album Light &
Gold won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance. His current album, Water Night,
went straight to No. 1 in the classical iTunes chart on the day of release.
Eric has been a Composer in Residence at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
University, UK. He currently lives in London.
Following the Ninth with Kerry Candaele, February 5th and 6th
Following The Ninth: In The Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, is a documentary film taking us on a cinematic journey across five continents and into the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest works of art. Director Kerry Candaele will screen the film at The Hun School for several days and then present the inspiration behind his process to an all-school audience on Friday, February 6th.
Completely deaf and adrift from the people he loved, Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Ninth Symphony as an act of transcendence near the end of his life, in 1824. Today, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony resonates still as the international anthem of hope. The Ninth buoyed the protesters in Tiananmen Square, provided solace to those struggling for freedom in Pinochet’s Chile, and continues to fill seats in symphony halls and karaoke bars from London to Tokyo and Cape Town. Following The Ninth captures the power and beauty of Beethoven’s grand and world-transforming achievement, touching the lives of people around the world for nearly 200 years.
Noorjaha Akbar, February 17th, 9:30 a.m.
Noorjahan Akbar has emerged as a leading figure in the fight for women’s rights in Afghanistan. She works to inspire both men and women to recognize the importance of gender equality and to act against violence and unfair treatment of women in Afghanistan, often at great personal risk. Ms. Akbar has worked with many women’s rights organizations and media institutions in her country. Young Women for Change, a women’s rights organization that Ms. Akbar cofounded, is actively participating in helping the women of Afghanistan stand up and claim their rights in addition to inspiring many to support their efforts. Ms. Akbar has been a TEDx speaker; was named by Forbes as a Top Woman Changing the World; and as a Top 10 College Women to Watch 2013 by Glamour Magazine. Ms. Akbar has also collected and published a book of women's writings and two storybooks for children in Afghanistan. Her books have been distributed throughout her country. She currently runs a social media campaign called Freewomenwriters that supports female poets and writers in Afghanistan.
Noorjahan Akbar is currently a student at American University in Washington, D.C.
Being a Catalyst with Scott Bachovich
, March 24th at 9:30 a.m.
Social media fanatic, pop-culture enthusiast, student leadership expert Scott Backovich will visit on March 24th. Mr. Bachovich has a quirky, yet powerful style, whose youth allows him to speak to students where they are, helping them to understand the true potential they hold. After recognizing the monotonous cycle that students can fall into while in school, Mr. Bachovich decided to dedicate his life to helping them break it and endeavors to inspire a generation to action. By the age of 21, he had already presented to hundreds of thousands of students, appeared as a guest on television and international radio, and gained positive recognition around the continent for his compelling message.
May 12th at 9:30 a.m.
Robbert Dijkgraaf has been the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study and Leon Levy Professor since July 2012. Dr. Dijkgraaf is a mathematical physicist, who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education. His research focuses on the interface between mathematics and particle physics. In addition to finding surprising and deep connections between matrix models, topological string theory, and supersymmetric quantum field theory, Dr. Dijkgraaf has developed precise formulas for the counting of bound states that explain the entropy of certain black holes. For his contributions to science, he was awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands, and was named a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2012.
The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The Institute exists to encourage and support curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities—the original, often speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world. It provides for the mentoring of scholars by Faculty, and it ensures the freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute. Albert Einstein was a member from 1930 until his death in 1955.
The Institute’s more than six thousand former Members hold positions of intellectual and scientific
leadership throughout the academic world. Thirty-three
and forty out of fifty-six
, as well as many winners of the Wolf and MacArthur prizes, have been affiliated with the Institute.