As part of our ongoing and collective work as an educational institution dedicated to student thriving and a commitment to free and open inquiry and expressive freedom, Head of School John Austin and the Deerfield Academy Academic Affairs Office are pleased to present an inaugural event: Facts, Falsehoods, and the Future: A Deerfield Forum. This year’s Forum, an All-Academy event, will take place on April 19 at 7:00 pm in the Hess Auditorium.
As an institution, Deerfield has long believed that diverse perspectives fuel creative and innovative thinking and build empathy and consideration. To continue to encourage school-wide discussion and ensure diverse perspectives on issues of contemporary urgency, we introduce the “Deerfield Forum,” which was first proposed by longtime Academy history teacher Joe Lyons, to provide regular, sustained, and, in some instances, required opportunities for listening and conversation among the student body.
The Forum will model scholarly and civic engagement; and, by staging conversations among scholars, professionals, and civic leaders, promote constructive dialogue and active open-mindedness—a defining feature of Deerfield’s intellectual culture.