Over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, Suffield’s students and faculty will explore the topic of solitude. Information and media are at everyone’s fingertips and distraction is more prominent today than ever before. As these advancements emerge rapidly, the challenge of remaining connected to one’s self and spirit is a constant in everyday life. This year’s school theme embraces solitude and recognizes its importance to maintaining balance in a high-paced infrastructure of daily living. To this end, we have selected, Silence: In the Age of Noise (2017)
as our all school read.
In 1993, Norwegian explorer, lawyer, art collector, publisher and author Erling Kagge spent 50 days walking solo across Antarctica, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out. His book Silence: In the Age of Noise
is an astonishing and transformative meditation in which Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to sanity and happiness—and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. Current Parents:
The Cordes’ P’16, ’18, ’20 Jen
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. Note: All dates and times are tentative and subject to change.