2020 BOWDEN FELLOWS SHARE THEIR PROJECTS
The 2020 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities met the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak with determination and creativity: The pandemic scuttled their travel plans, interview schedules and original objectives, but it did not upend their projects. The 11 fellows recast and refocused their work, weathering delays but avoiding derailment. At an all-school assembly on November 23, the fellows shared their inspiring accomplishments during the summer and into the fall – as most continued work on their revised projects.
While all of the Bowden fellows spent their summers creating original work, their activities and ideas did not emerge without the input and inspiration of others. We are extremely thankful to Jeffrey Miller ’79, whose generous endowment gift to the school has created opportunities for our students that, in the words of one fellow, have been “life changing” and “otherwise would not have been possible.” We appreciate the work of the fellowship committee members — Dean of the Junior Class Tom Dughi, Associate Head of School John King, Humanities Department Chair Jen Nero, Assistant Dean for Student Activities Corinne Rhyner, Upper School History & Social Sciences Department Coordinator Jonathan Scholl, and Advisor to the Head of School Mr. Bowden himself, who took an active role in the fellowships until his death on Sept. 14, 2018 — as well as that of the parents, professionals, artists and alumni who engaged our fellows.
Dan Leslie Bowden’s sharp intellect and sense of humor, his high expectations coupled with caring and compassion, the humility of his teaching and the honest way he lived, and his deep curiosity about the humanities and his lifelong quest to come closer to knowing what is really meaningful made possible these fellowships. He also enhanced the lives of so many by encouraging them to hold themselves accountable to higher truths and to wonder. He helped to create the culture of learning at Ransom Everglades, where we all strive to help others be their best selves — intellectually, morally, aesthetically — that is, to embody at all times, the best of what it means to be human.