Forty-nine individuals from 24 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens at a federal ceremony held at Loomis Chaffee on Tuesday, October 22, taking their oath of citizenship before an all-school audience.
This year’s all-school theme will explore — through the Hubbard Speakers Series and other events — the importance of belonging: why and how we seek it and create it, what are our responsibilities to others as they search for it; and what it means — for us individually and collectively — to truly belong.
Emily Esfahani Smith author of The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World that is Obsessed with Happiness, spoke at an all-school convocation in the Olcott Center on Monday, September 16.
with David French
Senior Writer, National Review
David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a contributor to Time. David is a New York Times bestselling author, and his next book, The Great American Divorce, will be published by St. Martin’s Press later this year.
He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the past president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and a former lecturer at Cornell Law School. He has served as a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance Defending Freedom.
David is a former major in the United States Army Reserve. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq, serving in Diyala Province as Squadron Judge Advocate for the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
He lives and works in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife, Nancy, and his three children.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The Honorable Alfred Covello '50, presiding
Keynote Address by Dang Phan '79
Loomis Chaffee will once again host a Naturalization Ceremony for people who will become new American citizens. A special session of the U.S. District Court of Connecticut will convene in the Olcott Center for the occasion. Dang Phan '79 will give the keynote address.
Dang arrived 44 years ago at Loomis Chaffee as a 14-year-old who spoke little English and had just fled Vietnam as a political refugee and a “boat person”. He is currently Managing Director and USA Country Head for CapitaLand, the ninth largest global real estate platform headquartered in Singapore. Dang had served as a Loomis Chaffee trustee from 2002 to 2014 and makes his home in New York City with his teenage son, Revel. He was a trustee of the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City from 2010 to 2016 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pacific Links Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower and enrich the lives of at-risk youths in Vietnam, including combating the trafficking of girls and workers, and funding thousands of scholarships in poor provinces. He has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 2003.
Dang's personal journey is a story of resilience, hard work, and helping hands. He and his family lived in Vietnam until 1975, when they fled in a small cargo boat after the fall of Saigon. Rescued by the U.S. Navy in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the family eventually made its way to the United States and Windsor, Connecticut.
The Role of Belonging in a Meaningful Life
with Emily Esfahani Smith
The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters
Monday, September 16, 2019
Ms. Smith's work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TIME, and other publications. Her TED talk, "There's More to Life Than Being Happy," was one of the 10 most popular TED talks of the year in 2017.
Ms. Smith is a former instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a columnist for The New Criterion, as well as an editor at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University to build meaning in local communities. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Ms. Smith grew up in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a master's degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.