10th Grade

History/Humanities

At Moses Brown, tenth graders take a semester-long course in religious studies and one in 20th-century world history.

Students begin with an introduction to the academic study of religion, focusing on the five major religious traditions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.  They explore the plurality of traditions within each religion, and learn from scholars, sacred texts, and practitioners about the lived experience of these religions.  This course enables students to become active, skillful, and ethical participants in dialogue about religion in the classroom and home, on social media, and in other spaces of the public sphere.

In the other half of the year, students dissect the events and political forces at work from the 1930s through the Cold War.  They read primary and secondary sources to confront the Holocaust and genocide, the moral ambiguity of the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Vietnam War, and independence movements in post-colonial Africa, Afghanistan, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  They will consider the way groups of people support or suppress one another’s rights, and how Quaker values inform their belief about valid and invalid systems of government.

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Students will conduct extensive research and write formally-structured analytical essays that illustrate cause-and-effect relationships, making clear arguments with well-documented evidence.  They’ll also use their abilities to distill a message–and draw–to generate political cartoons that convey a thesis in a glance.  They will use context to shine light on the nuances of important historical events, and identify and describe patterns of continuity and change.  Ultimately, they will come to understand the modern world and the forces that shaped it.

Faculty

Beth Lantz

Director of Student Life

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Beth Lantz

College of the Holy Cross – B.A.
Simmons College – M.A.
Framingham State University – M.Ed.

Gara Field

Interim Head of Upper School/Dir. of Global Education

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Gara Field

University of Hartford – B.A.
University of Hartford – M.A.
Harvard University – M.Ed.
University of Connecticut – Ph.D.

Elena Mansolillo

Upper School Humanities

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Elena Mansolillo

Providence College – B.A.
Providence College – M.A.
Southern New England School of Law – J.D.

Sarah McShane

Associate Director of Athletics

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Sarah McShane

University of Hartford – B.A.
Plymouth State University – M.Ed.

Jonathan Pitts-Wiley

Upper School Humanities and Upper School Humanities Department Chair

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Jonathan Pitts-Wiley

Yale University – B.A.

Kelena Reid

Upper School History and Psychology

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Kelena Reid

Wesleyan University – B.A.
Harvard Divinity School – M.T.S.
Rutgers University – Ph.D.

Jennifer Stewart

Upper School Humanities and Senior Dean

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Jennifer Stewart

University of Chicago – B.A.
University of Chicago – M.A.

Kelly Joseph

Upper School Humanities

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Kelly Joseph

College of the Holy Cross – B.A.
New York University – M.A.

Barbara von Salis

Director of Friends Education

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Barbara von Salis

Smith College – B.A.
Hunter College – M.A.

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