The 2019 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities shared the full scope of their summer work during an intimate and lively gallery night at the Solomon Art Gallery on Nov. 18. Dozens of members of the RE community ambled through the gallery, perusing the fellows’ photographic exhibits and art work, viewing their documentaries and studying digital presentations.
The evening, which attracted alumni, trustees, parents and students, showcased extraordinary projects that touched on race, anti-Semitism, dance, culture, poverty and vision impairment, and more. The fellows – Olivia Byrd '20, Mia Williamson '20, Jolie Dreiling '20, Diego Duckenfield-Lopez '20, Becca Fisher '20, Mia Landman '20, Kate Menninger '20, Sofia Mora '20, Charith Reddy '20 and Zoe San Martin '20 – described their projects to assembled crowds and answered questions.
Among those in attendance was trustee Jeffrey Miller ’79, whose 2016 donation established the Dan Leslie Bowden Endowment in the Humanities, which honors the legacy of the legendary educator who devoted 63 years of his life to Ransom Everglades. The 2019 Bowden fellows – the third class of fellows to receive support from the endowment – each devised a summer project whose ultimate goal was to explore what it means to be human.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.