22-23 Visiting Scholar: Michelle Purdy, PhD

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During the 2021-2022 school year, we successfully launched our inaugural visiting scholar program. We were pleased to welcome Dr. Andy Butler, the Chair and Associate Professor of Education and Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University. Andy worked twice with our faculty on issues of curriculum design and shared a presentation with families on brain development and student learning.

This year, we are pleased to welcome as our visiting scholar Dr. Michelle Purdy, who is an Associate Professor of Education, Director of the Undergraduate Program in Educational Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the African and African-American Studies and Urban Studies Department at Washington University. Dr. Purdy's specialties include the history of US education and the history of school desegregation. Later in the semester, Dr. Purdy will join us on Friday, November 11th, for the return of our Diversity Dinner and Dialogue series, with a presentation focused on her book, Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools. 

These evening events, which have been on hiatus over the last two years, generally include a lecture from a visiting expert followed by small group discussions over dinner. The most recent Diversity Dinner event in 2019 featured a panel of alumni and teachers (including two from New City's very first school year!), who discussed the importance of diversity at New City School since our beginnings in 1969. We are so excited to be bringing these events back this school year—the Diversity Dinner and Dialogue evenings are a great way to forge connections across our community through rich discussion and exploration.