Summer 2022

Adventure Calls

Taking a gap year before college can be a life- shaping enterprise. Here, five Sidwell Friends graduates recount five very different experiences— from studying in Nepal to professional ballet— with one overwhelming conclusion: Totally worth it.

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Galaxy Quest

NASA’s Andrea Johnson Razzaghi ’78 on the vastness of deep space, practicing for failure, the scariest seven minutes in engineering, and why you should always stop and smell the science.

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The City Across the Street

With Wegmans, the International Baccalaureate, and a slew of new buildings, apartments, and shops moving in, the Sidwell Friends neighborhood on Wisconsin Avenue is about to see big changes.

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Department Articles

Unified Field Theory

Soon, the development across the street from Sidwell Friends’ Wisconsin Avenue campus will open. The School community will likely begin to swarm the new Wegmans and other shops across the street—from teachers squeezing in some quick shopping to students grabbing a snack. But did you know our students used to make that same trek across Wisconsin Avenue for… sports practice?

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The Bend of History

Steven Steinbach P ’12, ’14 has been teaching U.S. history and government at Sidwell Friends for more than 15 years. Now he has merged these subject-matter and pedagogical passions in a new book, With Liberty and Justice for All? The Constitution in the Classroom, published by Oxford University Press. 

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On Campus News

Time to be Da22led

The latest entrants in the Sidwell Friends Alumni Network exuded radiance as they get ready to invent the stories of their lives.

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2022 Commencement Speaker: Baratunde Thurston ’95

This year’s Commencement speaker will be Baratunde Thurston ’95. Humorist, author, television host and producer, podcaster, journalist, and more, Baratunde is both an insightful and witty commentator on matters of race, technology, democracy, and how we as citizens can be more engaged in building a better and more equitable future.

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Sidwell Friends Alumni Magazine is published three times a year for the community. It features School news, stories, profiles, and alumni Class Notes.

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