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World War I Primary Sources Collection at the Library

By Marion Donovan, Assistant Librarian

World War I Primary Sources Collection at the Library

As a librarian at St. Mark’s this fall, I have begun to “weed” through our history collection and have taken a deep dive into time travel. In the past, I was a history teacher myself, so the primary sources that bring the past to life call out to me. A particular section in the library especially rich in those sources covers World War I. Both of my grandfathers fought in WWI on the Allied side, one as a doctor and the other as an engineer, so I grew up with stories and artifacts of “The Great War,” as it was first known. When I applied to graduate school for history at the University of Chicago, I discovered that La Verne Noyes, an American inventor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, book holders, and windmills, had left the bulk of his fortune to scholarships for Allied veterans of WWI and their direct descendants. These scholarships have now expanded to include 48 colleges. April 6, 2017 will be the one-hundredth anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWI. The European side of the war began in 1914, so many newspaper and magazine articles have already examined new and old perspectives on those events. More will be coming with April 6 in view. We at St. Mark’s are lucky to have an extensive collection of first-hand material (diaries, letters, memoirs, news reports, propaganda, art, photographs) from marshals and generals to privates and civilians on wide-ranging aspects of this war. (more…)

La Crise des Réfugiés: Une Comparaison

By Jenny Deveaux, VI Form
La Crise des Réfugiés: Une Comparaison
Editor’s Note: The assignment in Advanced French–Francophone World:“Create an infographic screenshot-2016-11-08-00-55-47that makes a comparison between the refugee crisis during and after the second world war and the current crisis in 2016. You may identify some guiding questions of your own.”

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1946 et 2016: Deux Crises des Réfugiés

By Lucy Cao, Keely Dion, Nick Hadlock, and Michael Nantais, VI Form; Summer Hornbostel, V Form; Selina Wu, IV Form

1946 et 2016: Deux Crises des Réfugiés

Editor’s Note: The assignment in Advanced French–Francophone World:“Workingscreenshot-2016-10-24-21-53-50 together you are going to create an infographic that makes a comparison between the refugee crisis during and after the second world war and the current crisis in 2016. You may identify some guiding questions of your own. (more…)

Un jour typique

By Kitty Chen V Form, Stephanie Moon III Form, and Rosanna Zhao III Form

Un jour typique

French 2 assessments this year have been largely project-based, and following each project, students submit video reflections through Voicethread. After finishing a video project this fall, their reflections offered three pieces of feedback: 1 – “We’d like to do bigger projects over longer periods of time. Sometimes it feels like we just do one project after the next.” 2 – “Working with others is fun, but sometimes it would be nice to do our own projects.” 3 – “What if we had more choices in HOW we present what we know?” Armed with this information, all 16 students and Ms. McCulloch brainstormed. (more…)

En français: Madagascar & Bruxelles, Belgique

By Laura Drepanos and Rosanna Zhao, III Form & Michelle Li and Alex Song, IV Form
En français: Madagascar & Bruxelles, Belgique
tana_skylineThe following descriptions are written by French 2 students who engaged in abrussels-pinned-map-europe-photo-may-be-used-as-illustration-traveling-theme-43571434 project making brochures that detailed different Francophone countries.

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Advanced French: Two Pieces on Francophone Art

By Candice Wang, VI Form (L’Art Vietnamien et Le Thi Luu) and Chloe Ene, V Form (L’art au Sénégal

L’Art Vietnamien et Le Thi Luu

L’art du Viêt Nam a une histoire très longue. Il a commencé dans l’âge de pièrre. Les hn07tVietnamiens ont fait de poterie et des tambours décorés avec l’argile et le bronze. Dans le règne chinois du première siècle avant Jésus-Christ jusqu’au dixième siècle, l’art vietnamien a été influencé par l’art chinois pendant une mille années. Les Vietnamiens ont fait des objets en céramique et avec du bois. Les motifs ont compris des thèmes du confucianisme, du bouddhisme, et du taoïsme. Depuis le dix-neuvième siècle, le style français influence l’art vietnamien. Donc, l’art moderne au Viêt Nam ressemble à l’art occidental. Au début du vingtième siècle, les Écoles Supérieures des Beaux Arts ont été fondées dans les grandes villes vietnamiennes comme Hanoi et Saigon. Les étudiants vietnamiens ont suivi les cours d’art occidental avec les professors français. Les artistes ont employé les techniques françaises et (more…)