Aaron Smithson ’15 is the New York State winner of the United States Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest for 2014. A rising senior at Trinity, Aaron has been interested in international relations for as long as he can remember. He discovered the contest by searching online, looking for something additional to do his junior year at Trinity. He decided that it would be interesting, and challenging, to write about security sector reform in Somalia and Sierra Leone.

Aaron’s research into the topic, as well as his work on his winning essay, gave him fascinating insights into security sector reform in developing nations. His interview is thoughtful, insightful, compelling, and riveting. Listen in, you’ll be amazed.

Read Aaron's complete essay here.

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This episode of podmissum features Trinity School's commencement ceremony for the class of 2014, with senior speakers Eleanor Strauss '14 and Tom Lin '14, commencement speaker Katie Couric—the parent of Elinor, class of 2009, and Caroline, class of 2014—as well as The Reverend Timothy L. Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain, John Allman, the head of school, Emily Mandelstam, the president of the board of trustees, and Jessica Bagby, the Upper School principal.

Commencement 2014 was held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. We begin with The Reverend Timothy L. Morehouse, Trinity’s chaplain, who introduces the morning’s program.

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This episode of podmissum features Gloria Steinem, a prominent American feminist, political activist, and author. A leader of the women’s liberation movement in the 1960s and 1970s, Ms. Steinem co-founded Ms. magazine, and has written for New York Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and many other domestic and international publications. In 2005, along with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan, she co-founded the Women’s Media Center.

Ms. Steinem is the author of Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, and Marilyn: Norma Jean, a biography of the actress. She is currently writing Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered, a book about her experiences as a feminist organizer. In addition to her activism in the pursuit of gender equality, Ms. Steinem also writes and lectures on other progressive social issues such as racial equality, LGBT rights, abortion, and the death penalty.

A recipient of many awards and honors, Ms. Steinem was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993 and was the American Humanist Association’s 2012 Humanist of the Year. In 2013 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ms. Steinem was invited to speak at Trinity's Upper School Community Time on the morning of 5 May 2014 as a guest of the Feminist Club. Jessica Bagby, Trinity's Upper School principal, introduces the morning's program and she is followed by Feminist Club members Miranda Coombs ’14 and Caroline Monahan ’14. Television journalist Katie Couric—the parent of Elinor Monahan ’09 and Caroline Monahan ’14—conducted the interview.

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This episode of podmissum features Dr. Anne Marie Albano, who is an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry and director of the Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. In 2001 Dr. Albano was named a Beck Institute Scholar. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and she is the president of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Albano helps children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with anxiety and depression to master their concerns and embrace life's challenges instead of fearing them. She is the author of the book You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life. Dr. Albano conducts clinical research, supervises the research and clinical development of postdoctoral fellows in psychology and psychiatry, and is involved in advanced training of senior level clinicians in the application of cognitive behavioral approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Albano was invited to speak at Trinity on the morning of 29 April 2014 as a guest of the health and parenting committee of the Parents’ Association. She spoke about helping children cope with anxiety and took questions from an audience of Trinity parents.

 

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This episode of podmissum features a conversation with representatives from some of the most popular social media platforms. The conversation was moderated by CNN’s Chris Cuomo and he was joined by Andrew Fitzgerald, a member of the News and Journalism Partnerships team at Twitter, Jordan Goldman, the founder and CEO of Unigo, Ed O’Keefe, the editor-in-chief of NowThis News, and Victoria Rogers, who performs outreach on behalf of Kickstarter, working with creators and the institutions that support their work.

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In this episode of Podmissum you will hear from some of Trinity's third grade authors as they read from their real-life stories and discuss their writing processes. Hear about “tired words,” learn why “said is dead,” and discover the rich diversity of experience in the lives of eight-and nine-year-old boys and girls.


Featured in this episode: Grade Three Teacher Lindsay Baker, Anna Fuchs '23, Tess Gray '23, Finn Guillemin '23, Perry Hefferren-Harkless, Farah Husain '23, Isaac Kruger '23, and Everett Yum '23.

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This episode of podmissum features Jackson Katz. Dr. Katz is an anti-sexist male activist, as well as an educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist. He is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He is the co-founder of the Mentors In Violence Prevention program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics. Dr. Katz is also the creator and co-creator of educational videos for college and high school students as well as the author of two books: The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood.

Dr. Katz spoke at Trinity’s Upper School Community Time on 10 February 2014 and made an evening presentation to parents and students on 11 February 2014. This podcast is mostly drawn from the evening presentation, although some parts of the Community Time presentation have been woven in. The evening presentation was jointly sponsored by Trinity School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Riverdale Country School. We begin with John Allman, Trinity's head of school, who introduces the evening’s program, followed by Mariama Richards, director of progressive and multicultural education at Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Trinity student Jon Rodriguez '14.

This episode deals with mature topics including sex, sexual assault, and rape and has a few instances of sexually-explicit language. Listener discretion is advised.

 

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This episode of podmissum features John K. Werner ’88. John is the project innovator for the Camera Culture Group at MIT Media Lab. He is working on new imaging platforms, developing hardware and software technologies for augmenting human vision. John is also working on large scale online learning, bringing young people from around the world together to solve some of the most important problems through rapid prototyping and helping to foster an environment of entrepreneurship to take ideas into the real world. He is a founder of TEDxBeaconstreet.com, an All-American Triathlete, a Harvard Loeb Fellow, and one of the founding members of Citizen Schools.


John spoke at Trinity’s Upper School Community Time on 6 January 2014. We begin with Upper School Assistant Principal and Global Travel Coordinator Chance Sims, who introduces John.

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This episode of podmissum features Kathy Spillar, the executive vice-president of Feminist Majority Foundation and the Feminist Majority, national organizations working toward women’s equality, empowerment, and non-violence. In addition, she is the executive editor of Ms. magazine. Ms. Spillar has been a national leader in the struggle to counter the effects of extremist anti-abortion groups that target women’s reproductive health clinics and has fought to bring such extremists to justice. During her tenure as executive editor of Ms. magazine that publication has increased its investigative reporting, exposing sweatshops, forced prostitution, and forced abortions in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, and has uncovered connections between Dr. George Tiller’s convicted murderer, Scott Roeder, and anti-abortion extremists who promote violence.


Ms. Spillar spoke at Trinity’s Upper School Community Time on 9 December 2013. We begin with Aniqa Rahman ’14, a member of the community time council, who introduces Ms. Spillar.

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This episode of Podmissum features the Stella Shout out, which began at Trinity in 2009 when Upper School English Teacher Cindy Muñiz started the tradition as a way to encourage students to speak in her Grade Eleven English class.

Featured in this episode: Upper School English Teacher Cindy Muñiz, Upper School History Teacher Michael Berkowitz, Upper School Performing Arts Teacher and Physical Education and Athletics Teacher Thomas Bolster, Administrative Assistant in the Office of College Counseling Ethna Flaherty, Jordan Ofek '15, and Sarah Shim '15.

This episode is hosted by Kevin D. Ramsey, director of communications at Trinity School.

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