The Williston Northampton School will present its fall play, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, October 21 -23 and October 28-30, 2010. All performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Williston Theatre, 18 Payson Avenue, in Easthampton.
One of the most famous comedies of all times, The Importance of Being Earnest tells the story of two men who decide to take on hidden identities in order to win the women of their dreams. Set in the London countryside at the turn of the last century, the play is full of witty dialog and sly criticism of the status quo.
The Williston Northampton School’s Writers’ Workshop Series will host author Debra Monroe for a public presentation on Thursday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center. This event is free and the public is welcome.
Declared “required reading” by Vanity Fair and picked by People Magazine and Salon.com, Monroe’s memoir On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain tells an unsentimental story about a white woman who adopts a black baby in small town Texas. Published in June 2010, it has since been on the “Top 10 Books to Pick Up” in O: the Oprah Magazine.
International humanitarian and author Greg Mortenson will be a special guest on campus this fall. In preparation for his visit, students, teachers, staff members, parents, alumni, and friends are invited to participate in an all-school read of Mortensen’s co-authored first book, Three Cups of Tea, which tells the story of his experiences after a mountaineering trip up Pakistan’s K2.
While recovering in a nearby village, Mortenson promised children he met to help them build a school. As of 2010, he has established over 141 schools, and another five dozen temporary refugee schools, that provide education to over 64,000 children, including 52,000 girls, in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where few education opportunities existed before.
The 13th Writers’ Workshop Series series kicks off with author Suzanne Strempek Shea on September 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m. in the Dodge Room in the Reed Campus Center. Winner of the 2000 New England Book Award, Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of three memoirs and five novels, including Selling the Lite of Heaven, Hoopi Shoopi Donna, and Lily of the Valley.
Robert W. Hill III will be installed as The Williston Northampton School’s 19th head of school as part of the school’s annual Convocation Ceremony at 6:00 p.m., September 24, on the campus quadrangle in front of the Reed Campus Center.
Convocation, which marks the official opening of school, will begin with a procession of Williston faculty and special guests. Students, alumni, community members, and friends of the school will attend the event, which will also be webcast at www.williston.com/investiture.