Groton School Peabody Press February 2014
A Presidential Scholar
on Presidents' Day

Ted Widmer, a presidential scholar, history professor at Brown University, and former speechwriter for Bill Clinton, delivered an all-School lecture on Monday—Presidents' Day—about the American presidency and how past presidents are perceived.

"Groton is a fitting place to remember the presidents," Widmer told the audience in the Campbell Performing Arts Center (CPAC). "It would be difficult to find a school that has contributed more to the service of the executive branch of our country."

Widmer went on to discuss President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Groton Form of 1900) and numerous public servants who attended Groton, including... continued

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Headmaster to Receive
Desmond Tutu Award

Groton Headmaster Temba Maqubela will receive the 2014 Desmond Tutu Social Justice Award on Saturday, April 26, along with South African human rights activist and former judge Albie Sachs. The award, presented by South Africa Partners, honors those who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice and to a free and democratic South Africa. The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is expected to last 3-4 hours.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit and click on "2014 Itheko Tickets." If you purchase tickets, in the "Community Guest" field, please indicate that you are associated with Groton School.

February Faceoff

Just one week remains in the Annual February Faceoff competition for the Forms of 2004-13! Which school will achieve the highest young alumni participation? Any gift made to Groton's Annual Fund before February 28 will count toward the competition and help support financial aid, faculty salaries, and 10 percent of the daily operating budget. Make your gift today!

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Your Circle Trivia

This Month's Question
Groton School has had only two snow days in its history. Most recently was the winter of 2011. In what year was the first? The winner, chosen at random from correct entries, will receive a Groton T-shirt. Submit your answer here.

Congratulations to W. A. Lawrence II '51 for answering last month's question correctly! We had many entries, but William was the only person to identify the mountain range west of the Circle as Mt. Watatic.

Iris Fistula Project:
Q&A with
Ade Osinubi '14 and KT Choi'14

In 2011, KT Choi '14 and Ade Osinubi '14 learned about obstetric fistula—an injury that occurs during childbirth, plaguing thousands of mothers in Ethiopia and up to 2 million worldwide. In response, Ade and KT started the Iris Fistula Project, which helps women recover from their condition, which, without treatment, can cause pain and ostracism for life.

How did you become aware of obstetric fistula?
Ade: During the summer of 2011, I attended the annual Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas conference. One symposium was on women's health. I watched A Walk to Beautiful, a documentary that showcases obstetric fistula in Ethiopia. I left the documentary inspired and motivated to do something in regard to women's health. KT learned about obstetric fistula after attending another medical conference in Boston. continued


February 23, 2014
Groton's Jazz Ensemble
"Soul Sauce" and student jazz combos perform at the historic Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, from 5-7 p.m.

February 28-March 1, 2014
Musical: Hairspray

March 8-31, 2014
Spring vacation

Join Headmaster
Temba T. Maqubela and
Mrs. Vuyelwa Maqubela at a reception in Asia.

March 15, 2014

March 17, 2014

March 19, 2014

March 20, 2014
Hong Kong

For more information,
contact Betsy Lawrence.

More Calendar Information

During 18 years teaching at Groton, Bob Gula became known for the General Knowledge Tests that he created and proctored each spring. Test your knowledge with questions from 1981:

1. What is a kangaroo court?

2. Fort Knox is in what state?

3. Narcissus fell fatally in love with _____.

4. What was the Manhattan Project of the late 1940s?

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