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Gray Day at St. Mark's
Gray Day at St. Mark's

On Wednesday, April 13, students and faculty spent the School's biennial "Gray Day" engaged in discussions focused on this year's Gray Colloquium theme of "Democracy in the 21st Century." The day began with a keynote address via Zoom from former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and founder of the St. Mark's Gray Colloquium, C. Boyden Gray '60, and concluded with closing remarks to the community from Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts Karyn Polito, P '24, in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of '45 Hall.

In addition to Mr. Gray and Ms. Polito, a number of St. Mark's alumni and parents participated in Gray Day by leading breakout sessions for students and faculty, including:

  • "A Participatory Democracy" with Armstrong Robinson '96
  • "Maintaining Freedom of the Seas: How the U.S. Navy Confronts 21st Century National Security Challenges" with Catherine Long '03
  • "The United States, NATO, and the Baltic States" with Gregory Garland '72, P '25
  • "Money in Politics–Can the United States Remain an Independent Country?" with Richard Painter P '25
  • "Democracy in the 21st Century" with Stu Patrick '57

Organized by Director of the Gray Colloquium Sarah McCann and the Gray Colloquium Student Committee, Gray Day celebrated the culmination of a yearlong speaker series at St. Mark's, one which has included two professors, two political activists, two attorneys, an environmental advocate, a multilingual conservationist, a historian, a businesswoman, a former brigadier general in the U.S. Army, and a former candidate for president of the United States. These impressive speakers traveled to campus from as far afield as Alaska and Italy to speak with our School community.

"We had a successful Gray Colloquium Day, bringing in alumni, parents, and scholars in various fields to discuss how and when their work focused around 'Democracy in the 21st Century,' our speaker series theme for the year," shared McCann. "The speakers gave the whole community a lot to consider and discuss long after they left campus, and we were all grateful for the opportunity."

C. Boyden Gray '60, former St. Mark's board of trustees president, has committed $1.5 million to fund this annual learning exercise. Through the Gray Colloquium speaker series, St. Mark's students and faculty will continue to explore one complex global issue annually; hear from outside speakers with varying viewpoints; participate in small group discussions; write about and debate the issue; and take part in several all-community events.

Learn more about the Gray Colloquium at St. Mark's here.

See more photographs of Gray Day on SmugMug here.

Photograph by Al Williams Photography