Episode 04: Internment – America’s Dark Chapter

Sam Mihara describes life inside a Japanese internment camp with Andover’s Damany Fisher.

In early 1942, two months after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast. Nine-year-old Sam Mihara and his family were among the approximately 120,000 people who were sent to internment camps across the country. The Miharas, who lived in San Francisco, landed at Heart Mountain, a camp in northern Wyoming, where they would live for the next three years.

Sam Mihara visited Phillips Academy in October 2016 to share his story of what life was like inside the camp and how he was affected by those years of confinement, intolerance, and discrimination. Andover Instructor and historian Damany Fisher talked with Mihara and his wife Helene about their experiences for Every Quarter. Fisher is an authority on the American history of residential segregation and housing discrimination. His paper, “No Utopia: the African American Struggle for Fair Housing in Postwar Sacramento, 1948-1967,” was recently published in the academic journal Introduction to Ethnic Studies.

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Episode 03: 10 Years of Need-Blind Admission

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Jim Ventre ’79 discusses Phillips Academy’s game-changing financial aid initiative.

The need-blind admission initiative is the single most distinct feature for which Phillips Academy is recognized around the globe. This episode dives into Andover’s progressive financial aid policies and the history of need-blind admission. On the eve of celebrating a decade of its existence, Neil Evans from the Office of Communication sits down with Jim Ventre ’79, dean of admission and financial aid, to discuss the game-changing initiative, what “Big Blue Nice” means, and why socioeconomic status plays no part in how students are admitted to Andover.

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Episode 02: Born Digital

Head of School John Palfrey and Harvard Researcher Urs Gasser moderate a conversation on the lives of tech-savvy teenagers.

What does it mean to be born digital? How are adults and children navigating the ever-evolving and complex technological landscape of modern life? Are students spending too much time on devices or are they using modern innovations to develop crucial life skills? Phillips Academy Head of School John Palfrey and Harvard Researcher Urs Gasser have spent years researching these topics and you might be surprised at what they’ve discovered.

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Episode 01: From Andover to F/A-18s

Lieutenant Commander Laurie Coffey ’95 and Commander Becky Dowling Calder ’94 sit down for a conversation on basketball, the Navy, flying F/A-18s and choosing lives of service.

Non sibi—not for self: The motto is inscribed on Andover’s seal, the Naval Academy’s chapel and in the minds of two women who were classmates at both. Commander Becky Dowling Calder ’94 and Lieutenant Commander Laurie Coffey ’95, two of Phillips Academy’s legendary athletes, could have played college basketball anywhere they wanted. They each chose Annapolis and went on to fly F/A-18 Hornets at the highest level, selflessly serving and protecting our country for the past 20 years. Why? How did Andover prepare them for the rigors of military life and contribute to their successes?

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