A group of faculty and students attended the Connecticut Forum’s virtual event “Favorite Authors” on March 25, featuring a moderated conversation, with Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson, and Lauren Groff.
All Loomis Chaffee freshmen are reading Red at the Bone by Ms. Woodson, and students have read both The Nickel Boys and Underground Railroad by Mr. Whitehead in English classes. Loomis seniors Hannah Adler, Julie Chung, Cooper Raposo, and Janus Yuen — and English teacher Fiona Mills attended a pre-Forum virtual meet-and-greet, sponsored by Trinity College with Colson Whitehead and about 30 other guests, who were specially invited by the Connecticut Forum. During the meet-and-greet, Fiona, who is a self-described “big fan” of Mr. Whitehead and has taught some of his books, asked him about where he finds joy in his writing when so much of his subject matter deals with trauma. The Forum author discussion was moderated by journalist Alison Stewart, host of “ALL OF IT,” a radio show broadcast on WNYC.
Founded in 1992 by parents of alumni Doris and Richard Sugarman, the Connecticut Forum “is a nonprofit organization serving Connecticut and beyond with live, unscripted panel discussions among renowned experts and celebrities, and community outreach programs.” The Forum’s annual conversation series usually takes place at the Bushnell theater in Hartford, Connecticut, but moved to a virtual format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Loomis’s participation in the Connecticut Forum was sponsored this year, in part, by the Ralph M. Shulansky ’45 Lecture Fund.