Please read Head of School Kai Bynum's letter to the community regarding the killing of George Floyd. The letter is broken up among seven slides beginning with an excerpt from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.
We, at Hopkins, stand united against bias, hate and violence. We refuse to remain silent when Black people are criminalized and killed. When one of us suffers, we all suffer. In light of this truth, we re-commit ourselves to working together to bring about a world that is safe and welcoming for Black Americans as well as for everyone. #blacklivesmatter
Over the past two weeks, we've celebrated our incredible Seniors in a variety of ways...and there's still more to come! In case you missed any of it, visit www.hopkins.edu/2020.
Over the last few months, Black people have not only watched their friends and family die at higher rates from COVID-19, they have also watched people who look like them be gunned down while jogging, threatened while bird watching, and mercilessly choked on camera. We, at Hopkins, stand united in this legacy against bias, hate and violence. We refuse to remain silent when Black people are criminalized and killed. When one of us suffers, we all suffer. In light of this truth, we re-commit ourselves to working together to bring about a world that is safe and welcoming for Black Americans as well as for everyone.
Join us tonight at www.hopkins.edu/2020 to watch the Hopkins Class of 2020 Awards & Closing Ceremony! This premiere will be embedded directly on this page at 7 pm, and no software such as Zoom will be required for viewing. Please note, you may need to refresh the page at 7 PM to access the premiere.
Twenty-eight members of the Class of 2020 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society this evening during a virtual ceremony. Following introductions by Head of School Kai Bynum and Dean of Academics Kristine Waters, guest speaker Carter Banker '10 spoke to the students and their families. Congratulations to the new inductees!
On Friday, May 15, students in Chinese 5 classes were joined by Arieh Smith, known by most as "Xiaoma in New York", who is a YouTuber and social media personality known for his Chinese language abilities. With over 2 million subscribers on YouTube, he inspires people from around the world to learn languages. In the virtual class, Xiaoma spoke about his language learning experience, his life when living in China, and his passion for film. Knowing that most of the students are graduating high school, Xiaoma also talked about how learning foreign languages is helping him to adapt to new environments and keeping him open-minded. He also encouraged the student to try learning new languages, and take on new challenges. He highlighted that language learning is a life-long journey which goes beyond the academic study, and a skill that the students can use throughout their lives. Check out his videos on his Youtube channel: @xiaomanyc #hopathomect #hopathome
I love the privilege of being able to mentor and supervise so many projects in a year; some projects move past mentoring into genuine collaboration. When Cici asked me to collab on an animation project, I was excited and cautious. Cici's ability, speed, and command as a visual artist was not a question: she designs all sorts of professional-quality posters and won a Golden Key. Her interest in my side-project comix, "Those Poetix," was enticing and scary. I had never thought about how those cartoon characters sound and move, how their hair looks from the back, what colors they are. Cici's confidence was infectious, and we wrote a script with Mr. Thom Peters and Margaret '21 as voice talent. And then, real life: during cramped isolation, Cici's computer was accidentally hit with a big glob of glue, and weeks of work was gone. Our little collab looked like it would reduce to a valuable small etude, and I settled in to that reality. But Cici dug very, very deep and created a fully animated, two-minute FULL COLOR CARTOON. I have seen animation grad-students who weren't this thorough in eight weeks of glue-free work. Cici managed to dispel, for two beautiful minutes, all the cloud of these weeks of isolation, and make me feel like we were back in the Hop Cafe having a no-joke, full-on collab. And for that, I will always be grateful. ~ Ian Melchinger, Chair of Senior Projects