Last year, the History Department launched a post-AP option for seniors who wished to engage more deeply in topics introduced previously or their own intellectual passion. The goal was to produce publication-quality papers and submit them to The Concord Review. In our first attempt, we reached our goal.
Nine seniors worked with History Department Chair Anne Gardiner on topics that they developed. She says, “The one-sentence descriptions provide a hint at what they explored, but they do not really characterize the breadth of what they learned about their regions, eras, or the research process.”
Chris Mills wrote about early resistance in Nazi Germany.
Liz Seero explored the political landscape of South Boston and its effect on desegregation of Boston schools during the 1970s.
Daisy Ye analyzed the historiography of Chinese political decline in the period leading up to the Opium War.
Mathew Carvalho studied the historical context of the publication and early public debate of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.
Mao Matsuo traced the evolution of Shinto during the Meiji Period.
Phoebe Dias compared the motivations and strategies of the key Congolese political leaders during de-colonization.
Liv Pachla evaluated the degree to which Truman’s perceptions of Stalin influenced his decision to drop the atomic bomb.
Jackson Reydel critiqued the accuracy of Michael Lewis’ history of sabermetrics, baseball analytics.
Gary Qin ’19 is among the eleven authors featured in the 2020 spring edition of The Concord Review. His research paper on the regional effects of the Pax Mongolica was selected to accompany papers on topics ranging from court-packing to monastic culture. The Concord Review has been published since 1987. Typically, the papers published are twenty pages in length, fully cited, and represent exceptional research skill. About five percent of the papers submitted are published. In the realm of history education, publication is a tremendous accomplishment. The list of peer schools selected is a who’s who from across the globe.
“Mongol Cosmopolitanism: The Lasting Social and Cultural Influences of the Mongol Empire” is a lovingly-crafted explanation of the cultural transmission which occurred thanks to Mongol attitudes about interconnectivity. For the paper, Gary selected four regionally specific primary sources and illustrated how each demonstrates the exchange of art, religion, language, and social custom. For example, he used an Italian fresco to show how Mongol script traveled across Eurasia and into the imagination of Europeans. The paper drew heavily upon the writings of Jack Weatherford, with whom Gary corresponded.
This year, Rosella Liu ’20 and Gary Chen ’20 are working on the final drafts of their papers. Despite the shift to distance learning, they are on-target to submit their papers to The Concord Review.
If you are interested in Carolingian Reliquary or the economic transition of southern China during the 1980s, we would be interested in inviting you to an online presentation of their papers in mid-April. You can get invited to the zoom presentation by emailing Anne Gardiner (email@example.com).
In lieu of Prize Day this year, we will launch a webpage on 5/27 that will include a video greeting and speech from Eileen Marceau, Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs. Below that will be a brochure outlining the prizes and their winners. Several prizes will be held for distribution during the Celebration of Seniors event on May 29. After that event, all the prizes will be included in the brochure, which will be printed and mailed to prize winners as a keepsake.
Please join us at www.taboracademy.org/celebrate for a fun virtual celebration of the Class of 2020. There will be music, speeches, a walk down memory lane, awards, and more. We hope you and your friends can join us. The live stream will begin with a countdown and some student musical numbers at 9:30 AM. The program will begin at 10:00 AM.