Welcome to the second digital edition of The Cortile!
As many cities and countries begin to open up and are in various stages of vaccinating their citizens, Italy has once again opened to tourism from America and many other nations. At least half of Italy has been vaccinated, and, as we look toward the fall, those rates will increase substantially.
In our latest issue, we set the stage by looking back at events in the U.S., including the political upheaval and social unrest of 2020, and examine whether internet culture is driving America to extremes. Alumni and student articles add perspective on social justice matters, with analyses of George Floyd's murder and the rise of hate crimes against Asian-Americans. In addition to various views from students and teachers about the pandemic, there is also advice for teens on responsible social media use and an update on a longstanding service project in the Congo run by Dr. Helen Pope.
As in every edition of The Cortile, our creative writing section stands apart. Creative Writing teacher Moira Egan's students' work is showcased, as is the school's only student-run literary and artistic magazine, INK. We also get a glimpse into what students are streaming online, and we feature some of our own special online events we held throughout the year. Our Arts section provides a selection of student video performances, digital photography, and art. And in Departments, we highlight the latest news of The Lyceum and our City of Rome course.
Completing this issue is the School's Annual Report and our Alumni Spotlight series, which is nothing short of spectacular. Six amazing interviews with St. Stephen's alumni show inspiring innovators and creators who are blazing new trails and making an incredible impact all over the world.
In these unprecedented times, St. Stephen's students, alumni, guest contributors, and teachers continue to excel and shine in countless ways. I hope you'll join us for this wonderful edition of The Cortile.
Eric Mayer, Head of School