John Werner ’88 is vice-president of strategic partnerships at Meta, where he works with leading organizations in healthcare, education, government, technology, and business to find opportunities for augmented reality innovation. Previously, he was head of innovation and new ventures at the Camera Culture Group at MIT Media Lab.

John spoke at Upper School Community Time on the morning of 7 May 2018. He talked with the Upper School about the future of computing and augmented reality.

 

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Nancy Reyes ’93 has had a nearly twenty-year career in advertising and is one of the most respected professionals in her field. She is currently the managing director at TBWA\Chiat\Day New York. Prior to TBWA, Nancy was vice-president of marketing for Verizon, responsible for 360-degree creative product for the brand’s wireless business, which included advertising, retail, and social marketing under the “Better Matters” brand platform. She has worked in advertising agencies in New York City and San Francisco.

Nancy attended public schools in Long Island City and, after graduating from Trinity, attended and graduated from Harvard College. She came to Trinity, in the new building on the site of the old "turf," to talk about her time at the School and to describe her experience being "a minority in the minority of minorities" at Trinity.

 

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This episode of podmissum features Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. An international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author, and respected moral voice, Rabbi Sacks was awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Since stepping down as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth—a position he held between 1991 and 2013—he has held a number of professorships at several academic institutions including Yeshiva University and King’s College London. Rabbi Sacks currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University. He has received seventeen honorary doctorates.

Rabbi Sacks is the author of over thirty books. His most recent work, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence was awarded a 2015 National Jewish Book Award. Past works include: The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning; The Home We Build Together; The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations; To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility; and A Letter in the Scroll: On Being Jewish, winner of a National Jewish Book Award in 2000. His "Covenant & Conversation" commentaries are read in Jewish communities around the world.

As part of the Rudin Foundation Lecture series, Rabbi Sacks was invited to speak at Trinity on the evening of 15 March 2018 to discuss his book, The Home We Build Together and to share his thoughts on covenant and community. The podcast begins with an introduction by Head of School John Allman.

 

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This episode of podmissum features Commencement 2017, with senior speakers Laura Claire Glesby ’17, Isaac Orlando Longobardi '17, commencement speaker John McEnroe ’77—the parent of Ava, class of 2017—as well as The Reverend Timothy L. Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain, John Allman, the head of school, Matthew McLennan, the president of the board of trustees, and Stephen M. Kolman, the Upper School principal.


Commencement 2017 was held at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. We begin with The Reverend Timothy L. Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain, and his invocation.

 

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This episode of podmissum features Commencement 2016, with senior speakers Vanessa Chung ’16, Samuel Ezra Puopolo '16, commencement speaker Douglas McGrath—the parent of Henry, class of 2016—as well as The Reverend Timothy L. Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain, John Allman, the head of school, Matthew McLennan, the president of the board of trustees, and Jessica Bagby, the Upper School principal.


Commencement 2016 was held at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. We begin with The Reverend Timothy L. Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain, and his invocation.

 

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This episode of podmissum features Performing Arts Department Chair Jim Cifelli. Mr. Cifelli was born in Yorktown Heights, New York. A seasoned post-bop/hard bop trumpet player, his musical career spans decades. His musical education formally began in music camp during the summer of fourth grade when he was given his first trumpet to play, though it was said his passion for the instrument was evident even as a toddler. Catching the music bug, he went on to study music at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, and eventually enrolled at New York University where he received a degree in jazz and commercial music. He currently serves as the director of Performing Arts at Trinity, a position he’s held since 2012. This conversation with Mr. Cifelli took place at Trinity in the autumn of 2015.

 

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This episode of podmissum features Judy Glantzman ’74 who lives and works in New York City. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. A 1978 graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Judy was active in the East Village art scene in the 1980s. After receiving a number of grant and awards, including the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Grant in 1997 and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 2001, Judy held a thirty-year retrospective of her work in 2009 with Dactyl Foundation. For Judy the artistic process reveals as well as obfuscates—she has defined art as a dialogue that goes back and forth, a “paradoxical dynamic” like ying and yang—a spiritual principle that she enjoys lending to her work.

 

The podcast took place at Judy's most recent show in October 2015, at Betty Cuningham Gallery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. In the course of the conversation three of the works in her show are discussed. The first is rather large with sixteen separate framed and mounted works of acrylic and paper hung next to each other to create a group of separated panels. Each panel is approximately one foot square and may have a representational image, such as a depiction of the earth, or may be nearly abstract with few recognizable images. The other works that are discussed are groups of small portraits. Some of the portraits are Judy’s interpretations of works by other artists, such as Winslow Homer, while other portraits depict the actor Peter Falk, perhaps best known for his role as television’s Columbo.


To see some of the works in the show please visit: http://www.bettycuninghamgallery.com/artists/judy-glantzman

 

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This episode of podmissum features Laura Glesby ’17. Born and raised in New York City, Laura provides insight into the creative process from the perspective of a young writer. An avid reader from an early age, Laura discovered she could read in preschool, an accomplishment that separated her from most of her peers at the time. This discovery transformed her budding educational experience and shaped an identity strongly informed by books, and eventually, by writing. Wishing to take on a more structured approach to the craft, Laura enrolled in classes in the non-profit organization Writopia Lab, considered to be one of the premier programs in New York City for writers between the ages of six and eighteen. It is at Writopia that she continues to hone her writing skills and develop her creative process under the tutelage of published authors and a community of young writers. The conversation with Laura took place at Trinity in the autumn of 2015.

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This episode of podmissum features Commencement 2015, with senior speakers Lucia Pilar Ryan ’15, Arnab Banerji '15, commencement speaker David Saltzman ’80—the parent of Jacob, class of 2014, and Edward, class of 2015—as well as The Reverend Timothy L. Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain, John Allman, the head of school, Emily Mandelstam, the president of the board of trustees, and Jessica Bagby, the Upper School principal.


Commencement 2015 was held at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. We begin with The Reverend Timothy L. Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain, and his invocation.

 

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This episode of podmissum explores the most recent addition to the Kindergarten curriculum...Spanish. Every week during the 2014-2015 academic year, all sixty students in Trinity's Kindergarten learned Spanish in their homerooms and during sessions with Lower School Spanish Teacher Jessica Linares.


Learn about the new program from Kindergarten Teacher Kerrie Coates, Assistant Teacher Tyler Paul '04, Lower School Spanish Teacher Jessica Linares, as well as from Kindergarten students Brynn Eilers '27, Fahad Husain '27, Benjamin Malone '27, Dilan Nasta '27, Aidan Rosenblatt '27, Charlotte Rotonda '27, Lily Royce '27, and Shaleen Sheth '27.

 

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This episode of podmissum features Mr. J. Tom Morgan. Mr. Morgan was the first prosecutor in Georgia to specialize in the prosecution of crimes against children and teenagers. Prior to his current career, Mr. Morgan was the district attorney of DeKalb County, Georgia. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Morgan is a recognized authority on the protection and education of young people. He is in wide demand as a public speaker for schools, churches, and community groups. He has appeared on many television programs, including CNN’s Talk Back Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the Today Show.

Mr. Morgan has published a book, Ignorance is No Defense: A Teenager’s Guide to Georgia Law. The book is an approachable explanation of the law, using real-world examples to illustrate its points.


Mr. Morgan was invited to speak to the parents at Trinity School on 9 December 2014. He is introduced by Assistant Head of School and Upper School Principal Jessica Bagby.

 

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This episode of podmissum features Dr. Mark Crawford. Dr. Crawford is a partner in an outpatient practice in Atlanta, Georgia and is a consulting psychologist to The Westminster Schools and Pace Academy. He is also team psychologist for the Atlanta Hawks basketball team.


Dr. Crawford has published many works on the psychological challenges facing adolescents, with topics including substance abuse, parent-child conflict, and the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. He has been a guest on Good Morning America, World News Now, House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and CNN Headline News.


Dr. Crawford was invited to speak to the parents at Trinity on the morning of 19 November 2014. The title of Dr. Crawford’s talk is Parenting with Perspective: What is our Most Important Goal?

 

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This episode of podmissum features Dean of Harvard Divinity School David Hempton. Named the outstanding teacher of the year in 2008, he was recently granted a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and has given the F.D. Maurice Lecture at King’s College London and the Cadbury Lecture at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Prior to his appointment at Harvard in the spring of 2007, Hempton was a professor of christianity at Boston University and director of the School of History at Queen’s University Belfast. At Harvard’s Divinity School, he has encouraged more discourse with the Arts and Sciences faculty leading to a broader intellectual dialogue on religion.

 

Hempton studies evangelicalism on a global scale, with a focus on the early modern period. He has written numerous books and articles; his latest titles include Methodism: Empire of the Spirit (Yale, 2005), Evangelical Disenchantment (Yale, 2008), and The Church in the Long Eighteenth Century (Tauris, 2011). He is currently working on a study of the secularization of Europe and America from the eighteenth-century to the present day.

 

Dean Hempton was invited to speak at Trinity on the morning of 11 September 2014 at the opening Upper School Chapel of the 2014-2015 academic year. He is introduced by Calista Lee ’11 and after his talk there is a brief question and answer period with Upper School students.

 

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Aaron Smithson ’15 is the New York State winner of the United States Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest for 2014. A rising senior at Trinity, Aaron has been interested in international relations for as long as he can remember. He discovered the contest by searching online, looking for something additional to do his junior year at Trinity. He decided that it would be interesting, and challenging, to write about security sector reform in Somalia and Sierra Leone.

Aaron’s research into the topic, as well as his work on his winning essay, gave him fascinating insights into security sector reform in developing nations. His interview is thoughtful, insightful, compelling, and riveting. Listen in, you’ll be amazed.

Read Aaron's complete essay here.

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This episode of podmissum features Trinity School's commencement ceremony for the class of 2014, with senior speakers Eleanor Strauss '14 and Tom Lin '14, commencement speaker Katie Couric—the parent of Elinor, class of 2009, and Caroline, class of 2014—as well as The Reverend Timothy L. Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain, John Allman, the head of school, Emily Mandelstam, the president of the board of trustees, and Jessica Bagby, the Upper School principal.

Commencement 2014 was held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. We begin with The Reverend Timothy L. Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain, who introduces the morning’s program.

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This episode of podmissum features Gloria Steinem, a prominent American feminist, political activist, and author. A leader of the women’s liberation movement in the 1960s and 1970s, Ms. Steinem co-founded Ms. magazine, and has written for New York Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and many other domestic and international publications. In 2005, along with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan, she co-founded the Women’s Media Center.

Ms. Steinem is the author of Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, and Marilyn: Norma Jean, a biography of the actress. She is currently writing Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered, a book about her experiences as a feminist organizer. In addition to her activism in the pursuit of gender equality, Ms. Steinem also writes and lectures on other progressive social issues such as racial equality, LGBT rights, abortion, and the death penalty.

A recipient of many awards and honors, Ms. Steinem was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993 and was the American Humanist Association’s 2012 Humanist of the Year. In 2013 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ms. Steinem was invited to speak at Trinity's Upper School Community Time on the morning of 5 May 2014 as a guest of the Feminist Club. Jessica Bagby, Trinity's Upper School principal, introduces the morning's program and she is followed by Feminist Club members Miranda Coombe ’14 and Caroline Monahan ’14. Television journalist Katie Couric—the parent of Elinor Monahan ’09 and Caroline Monahan ’14—conducted the interview.

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This episode of podmissum features Dr. Anne Marie Albano, who is an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry and director of the Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. In 2001 Dr. Albano was named a Beck Institute Scholar. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and she is the president of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Albano helps children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with anxiety and depression to master their concerns and embrace life's challenges instead of fearing them. She is the author of the book You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life. Dr. Albano conducts clinical research, supervises the research and clinical development of postdoctoral fellows in psychology and psychiatry, and is involved in advanced training of senior level clinicians in the application of cognitive behavioral approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Albano was invited to speak at Trinity on the morning of 29 April 2014 as a guest of the health and parenting committee of the Parents’ Association. She spoke about helping children cope with anxiety and took questions from an audience of Trinity parents.

 

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This episode of podmissum features a conversation with representatives from some of the most popular social media platforms. The conversation was moderated by CNN’s Chris Cuomo and he was joined by Andrew Fitzgerald, a member of the News and Journalism Partnerships team at Twitter, Jordan Goldman, the founder and CEO of Unigo, Ed O’Keefe, the editor-in-chief of NowThis News, and Victoria Rogers, who performs outreach on behalf of Kickstarter, working with creators and the institutions that support their work.

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In this episode of Podmissum you will hear from some of Trinity's third grade authors as they read from their real-life stories and discuss their writing processes. Hear about “tired words,” learn why “said is dead,” and discover the rich diversity of experience in the lives of eight-and nine-year-old boys and girls.


Featured in this episode: Grade Three Teacher Lindsay Baker, Anna Fuchs '23, Tess Gray '23, Finn Guillemin '23, Perry Hefferren-Harkless, Farah Husain '23, Isaac Kruger '23, and Everett Yum '23.

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This episode of podmissum features Jackson Katz. Dr. Katz is an anti-sexist male activist, as well as an educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist. He is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He is the co-founder of the Mentors In Violence Prevention program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics. Dr. Katz is also the creator and co-creator of educational videos for college and high school students as well as the author of two books: The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood.

Dr. Katz spoke at Trinity’s Upper School Community Time on 10 February 2014 and made an evening presentation to parents and students on 11 February 2014. This podcast is mostly drawn from the evening presentation, although some parts of the Community Time presentation have been woven in. The evening presentation was jointly sponsored by Trinity School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Riverdale Country School. We begin with John Allman, Trinity's head of school, who introduces the evening’s program, followed by Mariama Richards, director of progressive and multicultural education at Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Trinity student Jon Rodriguez '14.

This episode deals with mature topics including sex, sexual assault, and rape and has a few instances of sexually-explicit language. Listener discretion is advised.

 

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This episode of podmissum features John K. Werner ’88. John is the project innovator for the Camera Culture Group at MIT Media Lab. He is working on new imaging platforms, developing hardware and software technologies for augmenting human vision. John is also working on large scale online learning, bringing young people from around the world together to solve some of the most important problems through rapid prototyping and helping to foster an environment of entrepreneurship to take ideas into the real world. He is a founder of TEDxBeaconstreet.com, an All-American Triathlete, a Harvard Loeb Fellow, and one of the founding members of Citizen Schools.


John spoke at Trinity’s Upper School Community Time on 6 January 2014. We begin with Upper School Assistant Principal and Global Travel Coordinator Chance Sims, who introduces John.

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This episode of podmissum features Kathy Spillar, the executive vice-president of Feminist Majority Foundation and the Feminist Majority, national organizations working toward women’s equality, empowerment, and non-violence. In addition, she is the executive editor of Ms. magazine. Ms. Spillar has been a national leader in the struggle to counter the effects of extremist anti-abortion groups that target women’s reproductive health clinics and has fought to bring such extremists to justice. During her tenure as executive editor of Ms. magazine that publication has increased its investigative reporting, exposing sweatshops, forced prostitution, and forced abortions in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, and has uncovered connections between Dr. George Tiller’s convicted murderer, Scott Roeder, and anti-abortion extremists who promote violence.


Ms. Spillar spoke at Trinity’s Upper School Community Time on 9 December 2013. We begin with Aniqa Rahman ’14, a member of the community time council, who introduces Ms. Spillar.

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This episode of Podmissum features the Stella Shout out, which began at Trinity in 2009 when Upper School English Teacher Cindy Muñiz started the tradition as a way to encourage students to speak in her Grade Eleven English class.

Featured in this episode: Upper School English Teacher Cindy Muñiz, Upper School History Teacher Michael Berkowitz, Upper School Performing Arts Teacher and Physical Education and Athletics Teacher Thomas Bolster, Administrative Assistant in the Office of College Counseling Ethna Flaherty, Jordan Ofek '15, and Sarah Shim '15.

This episode is hosted by Kevin D. Ramsey, director of communications at Trinity School.

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This episode features Najla Said, Trinity class of 1992. Najla is a writer, comedienne, and actress who has appeared in numerous plays, in film, and on television. The daughter of Edward Said, a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and an advocate for Palestinians, Najla grew up as a Palestinian Lebanese American and attended the Chapin School before coming to Trinity. Najla graduated from Princeton University, studied acting in New York City and created a one-woman show, Palestine. In her new memoir, Looking for Palestine, Najla chronicles her journey to become an Arab American on her own terms.

Najla was recorded speaking in the Hawley Chapel for Upper School Community Time.

We begin with an introduction by Stephanie Phen, Trinity class of 2016, and a member of Trinity’s Community Time Council.

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This episode features Jeff Orlowski the director, producer, and cinematographer of the Sundance Award-winning film, Chasing Ice, which has been screened at the White House, the United Nations, the United States Congress, on all seven continents as well as on a ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It has received over thirty awards from film festivals around the world.

As founder of exposurelabs, a production company dedicated to making socially relevant films, Mr. Orlowski has served as director and producer of short film projects and commercial work. His work has aired on the National Geographic Channel, CNN and NBC and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, and on NPR. He has traveled representing the Sundance Institute, President Obama's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mr. Orlowski was recorded speaking with Lower and Upper School students during two separate presentations in the Hawley Chapel. This program is a combination of those two presentations. The program runs for about thirty minutes. We begin with an introduction by the Reverend Timothy Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain.

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This episode features the memorial service for Douglas Tobin, a Classics Department teacher at Trinity since 1987. Mr. Tobin lost his brave fight against lymphoma on 26 August 2013. He was sixty-three years old. The memorial service was held on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 in the Hawley Chapel of Trinity School. The program runs for about eighty minutes and includes Head of School John Allman, Classics Department Head Donald Connor, Doug's best friend since childhood Dan Jusko, English Teacher Saul Isaacson, retired English Teacher Jane Mallison, Head of the Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics Department Andrew McCarron, Classics Teacher Kaori Miller, Classics Teacher William Pagonis, alumna and Dan Jusko's daughter Christina Rumpf ’00, and a letter from Doug's older brother Ron Tobin. Music at the memorial was performed by James Cifelli, on trumpet; Brian Glassman, on bass; Reid Jenkins ’10, on violin; and Pete McCann, on guitar.

The program begins with the Reverend Timothy Morehouse, Trinity's chaplain.

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This episode features Rosalind Wiseman, author of the acclaimed book on the social world and lives of girls titled Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World. In this episode she discusses her long-awaited companion book on the social world and lives of boys titled Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Your Son Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Realities of Boy World.  

Ms. Wiseman was recorded in the Hawley Chapel at Trinity to a full house of parents, faculty, and others from Trinity as well as from other schools in the city. The program runs for just about eighty minutes. We begin with the introduction by Jessica Bagby, Trinity’s Upper School principal.

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