The discovery of blue pigment in the teeth of a medieval skeleton in Germany is challenging widespread assumptions about the production of illuminated religious texts. It has long been assumed that monks, rather than nuns, were the primary producers of books throughout the Middle Ages. Recent historical research, however, has challenged this view, revealing that religious women were not only literate but also prolific producers and consumers of books. Read More.»
“Previous Moon missions have landed on the Earth-facing side, but this is the first time any craft has landed successfully on the unexplored and rugged far side.” Learn More. »
On this day in 1872, the HMS Challenger set sail from England on a four-year scientific survey that laid the foundations of modern oceanography. This week, the “Five Deeps” mission will complete the first dive in a yearlong expedition, piloting a titanium-alloy, 12.5-ton submersible down 8408 meters to the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean,
Advanced photography students visited the recently-expanded galleries of the remarkable contemporary art museum MassMoCA, which is only an hour away from campus, in North Adams. Students used digital and analog cameras to document the experience and generate potential portfolio pieces for College Board submission and art supplements to colleges. View selected student work from the
Captain Jamie Sands ’88 visited Deerfield this week to accept the 2018 Heritage Award. Jamie has had a distinguished career in the Navy, where he has led SEAL teams in special operations around the world. The Heritage Award is presented annually to a Deerfield alumnus or alumna whose professional and personal achievements represent a special contribution to the betterment of society.
Watch the award ceremony and interview led by Nathan Hu '19 on Vimeo.
"This past Tuesday several hundred attendees — including religious leaders, scholars, ambassadors, members of Congress and the UN’s Secretary General — braved a chilly night to come to the National Cathedral to see King Abdullah receive the 2018 Templeton Prize for his work in calling Muslims — and all people — to identify and pursue common purposes.
Designed to be larger than the Nobel Prize, the Templeton Prize was established in 1972 to honor those who affirm life’s spiritual dimension through insight, discovery, or practical works."
The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or expression that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance. Read More. »
Liam Holowesko ’18 signed a professional cycling contract with Hagens Berman Axeon to finalize their 2019 roster. Holowesko is a two-time Class A New England individual champion (2015 & 2016) and helped the Deerfield cycling team capture the Class A New England title in 2016. Read more. »
The basement of The New York Times, lovingly known as “the morgue,” has an impressive archive of some six to eight million photographs dating back to the late 1800s. And with the help of Google Cloud, these historic images and the data, much of it hand written, will soon be digitized.
Members of the Deerfield community gathered for a candlelight vigil on Sunday evening to honor the lives of those lost in the senseless shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 27th, 2018. Student-members of the Jewish Student Alliance read remembrances about each of the 11 victims and led those gathered in the Mourner's Kaddish prayer.
On Friday, October 26, at 2:30 pm, students, employees, trustees, and distinguished guests will participate in the official Athletics Complex dedication ceremony. We invite you to be a “virtual attendee” via livestream—our way of sharing this momentous occasion with all of you. http://deerfield.edu/athletics-complex-dedication
Deerfield teacher and coach Brendan Creagh was inducted into the New Hampshire Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 21. Creagh is a science teacher at Deerfield and recently took over as the Big Green’s golf coach. He served as Deerfield’s head hockey coach from 2003-2004 to 2015-2016, and coached current NHL players Ben Lovejoy ’03
Reserve tickets now for Deerfield’s fall play: deerfield.edu/play. Showing nightly in the Reid Black Box Theater from Tuesday, October 30 through Saturday, November 3.
After months of anticipation, Deerfield’s new Athletics Complex is now open. Enjoy this first look inside!
Little Brown House Review, a journal of student writing, is now available to read online.
Small in numbers, but mighty in service to the community, The Deerfield Farm Team harvested carrots with local farmers at Riverland Farm, in Sunderland this week. Deerfield students have been helping out on this farm for the past ten years!
For the first time this weekend, the Big Green hosted the Big Red for St. Paul’s Day at Deerfield. It was a fun-filled afternoon of athletics with food trucks, cotton candy, s’mores, and plenty of school spirit! View the photo album.»
The exhibition, "Whispers of the Infinite: Woodcuts and Monotypes," by artist Keiji Shinohara opened last Sunday in the von Auersperg Art Gallery. Students docents will offer tours from Oct 8 until the end of the show on October 29. Student docents have met with the artist, and they hope to share some of the stories behind the work that they learned during their workshop.
Handouts are available in the gallery with suggested visual exercises to do in connection to this exhibition. The exercises are designed to encourage observation, reflection, and possible conversations.
"Calculating ratios for different types of pronouns in civil rights speeches. Counting the frequency and proximity of vowel sounds, consonant sounds and rhymes in rap music.
Those are just two examples of the projects students have taken on in Peter Nilsson, Anna Gonzales, and Ben Bakker's “Distant Reading” course at Deerfield Academy." Read More.