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Memory of The Civil War Through Film

By Isabelle Titcomb, VI Form
Memory of The Civil War Through Film

The History Fellowship class began the unit studying the memorialization of the American Civil War. This unit ended with a final project that investigates a specific example of Civil War memorialization and its impact on society. I decided to explore the memorialization of American slavery and the Civil War by comparing the political and social undertones of the film Gone With The Wind (1939) and the film 12 Years A Slave (2013).

Please access the video by clicking to this Google Drive file.


Prep School Youth Coalition for Health Opportunities Infographics: Bronchitis, Altitude Sickness, & Emphysema

By Nathan Laudani, Mary Flathers, and Danny Ciccarello

Prep School Youth Coalition for Health Opportunities Infographics: Bronchitis, Altitude Sickness, & Emphysema

Editor’s Note: In an effort to educate our community on common physiological conditions, the St. Mark’s chapter of the Prep School Youth Coalition for Health Opportunities (PSYCHO) is sponsoring an informational poster competition and invites submissions from all current Biology students. Poster submissions are to explain the science behind an ailment caused by a traumatic event. Posters will be assessed based on informational accuracy, detail, clarity, originality, and workmanship.









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Quel rôle est-ce que la technologie joue dans la communication en 2017?

By Luc Cote, V Form


Quel rôle est-ce que la technologie joue dans la communication en 2017?

La technologie d’une génération définit comment chaque génération communique. Avant 1844 tout le monde communiquait en s’écrivant et en se parlant. En 1844, Samuel Morse a inventé le télégraphe. Pour la première fois, les gens pouvaient communiquer à tout le monde instantanément, le télégraphe a changé la façon dont les gens communiquaient. Tout le monde utilisait la nouvelle technologie de communication, c’était brilliant.

Mais, en 1876 Alexander Graham Belle a inventé le téléphone, et pour la première fois on pouvait écouter et parler en temps réel avec une personne loins de soi. Alors que la technologie facilitait la communication, la communication devenait moins officielle. (more…)

The Beauty of Carnatic Music

By Anishka Yerabothu, IV Form

The Beauty of Carnatic Music

I was first drawn to Carnatic music when I heard a friend singing and I loved listening to the different songs and melodies.  I would go home humming the tune and even make up some of my own!   I feel privileged to learn this art form from my Guru, Mrs. Tara Anand, who is considered one of the best Carnatic music teachers in the country.

In the words of Yehudi Menuhin, who is considered the greatest violinist of the 20th century, “I knew neither its nature nor its richness, but here, if anywhere, I found vindication of my conviction that India was the original source. The two scales of the West, major and minor, with the harmonic minors as variants, the half-dozen ancient Greek modes, were here submerged under modes and scales of (it seemed) inexhaustible variety.”   Carnatic music is an intricate and complex classical music system from South India that dates back to the 12th century.

This music system is based on four core concepts: swaram, ragam, talam and sruthi.  Swarams are solfa syllables sung much like the do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti and do of Western music.  A ragam is a scale that can have up to seven different swarams in various patterns.  Talam is the rhythmic beat structure to which compositions are set and is maintained by the vocalist’s hand while singing.  Sruti is the pitch at which one sings.  This is maintained by the Tanpura, a stringed drone instrument.         (more…)

A Quest for Purity: The Nuances Between Stalin’s Great Purge and Mao’s Cultural Revolution

By Sophia Liu, V Form


A Quest for Purity: The Nuances Between Stalin’s Great Purge and Mao’s Cultural Revolution

In the 20th century, the concept of an intentional and permanent revolution for the proletariats called Communism spread across the continent. Although the philosophy of Communism is the true embodiment of the people, they in fact became oppressed under a number of the Communist regimes, such as Stalin’s Russia and Mao’s China. In 1922, Joseph Stalin rose to power after the death of Vladimir Lenin. He established a totalitarian regime based on terror and propaganda throughout the next three decades; especially during the Great Purge, when an estimate between 600,000 to 3 million people were killed, having been labelled ‘counter-revolutionary.’ Meanwhile, a parallel event was taking place south of the Soviet Union. After a long power struggle both externally and internally, the Chinese communist party came to power under the lead of Mao Zedong, who also imposed a totalitarian regime upon the country. Similarly, Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution (1966-1967) radically oppressed any ‘counter-revolutionary’ ideas, culminating with the death of hundreds of thousands of people. Many of those killed were intellectuals, ‘bourgeois’, and political opponents of Mao. The two revolutions surprisingly had very different outcomes. After the death of Stalin in 1953, Khrushchev rose to power and openly denounced Stalin in his ‘On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences. Similarly, the public perception of Stalin were generally negative immediately after the end of his regime. In the long term, the Soviet Union collapsed. (more…)

The AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church: Explained!

By Jenny Tang, IV  Form

The AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church: Explained!

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