Panelists Needed for “One School, One Question” on Sept. 23

Our One School, One Question event is coming up on Friday, Sept. 23, and we could use a little help! This year, we are offering 12 separate panel discussions centered around the question “Who has power in America’s democracy?” We still need panelists for two discussions (see below); if you or someone you know has expertise or insight into those topics (and might be interested in coming into South from about 8:30-11AM on Sept. 23) please email Brian Baron as soon as you can: brian_baron@newton.k12.ma.us.

Islamophobia
G. Willow Wilson said she wrote Ms. Marvel to give power to a minority group that historically hasn’t had it. How does that message resonate in Newton with the backdrop of the 2016 election? A panel of Muslim students and community members will discuss.

Technology=freedom?
Does technology free us or enslave us? Marcus Yallow in Little Brother uses his technological know-how to triumph, but his opponents use a lot of the same tools. Which way is the real world headed? A panel of experts will discuss.

Students will be able to choose their panel choices early this week (either through Schoology or in advisory on Tuesday). We’re excited to have Harvard senior Ana Barros as our keynote speaker to kick off the event. Ana is the past president of the Harvard First Generation Student Union and an advocate for first-generation and low-income students, and she will be sharing the insights into power and democracy she’s gleaned from her advocacy work.