Episode 09: A Conversation on Coeducation

Louise Kennedy ’76 and Nancy Sizer reminisce about coeducation and Andover’s evolution in the seventies.

Earlier this year Every Quarter had the privilege of hosting a special conversation between Nancy Sizer and Louise Kennedy, Class of 1976. Sizer taught at Andover in the seventies and eighties and was the spouse of the renowned educational reformer and Phillips Academy’s 12th Head of School, Ted Sizer. Kennedy came to Andover in the first year of coeducation and went on to serve as the first female editor of The Phillipian, the Academy’s student-run newspaper.

This episode is like listening in on old friends reuniting after many years apart. They discuss the merger of Phillips and Abbot Academies, what life was like on campus in the early seventies and how students and faculty adapted to the transition. Their wide-ranging and fascinating talk is filled with personal stories, random tangents, and perspective that can only be gained from looking back on their experiences some forty years later.

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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