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Broadway is shuttered but the Upper School play will go on. Director Lexie Frare gives a preview of “She Kills Monsters,” a play reimagined for a digital format. We can’t wait! Watch video.

On the front page of the Riverdale Press, a story about Ernie Roberston ’18, at Columbia, and Una Darrell ’18, at Wesleyan, who started a remote mentoring program for children. Read story.

Yves Pasquarelli ’14 is the writer, director, and producer of this UNESCO film for children about COVID-19. His sister, Cate Pasquarelli ’16, also worked on the project. Watch video.

Dr. Cristián Baidal, who teaches French and Spanish at Riverdale, gave the annual “Why Learn?” address to the Upper School on Tuesday. A native of Costa Rica who studied in French schools, Baidal described how education improves lives. “The creation, construction, and transfer of knowledge is an act of communion that requires humility, gratitude, and generosity,” he said. “It’s also an act of love.” Watch video.

Audrey Wisch ’19 is co-founder of the student-led Curious Cardinals Tutoring Program at Stanford University. Audrey and Ava Frankel ’21 were interviewed on CNN about the program, which offers classes and mentoring for students in elementary school through high school and seeks to create learning spaces that are inclusive, equitable, and diverse. Watch video.

Kellen Blair of Riverdale’s Theater, Drama, and Film department and his creative partner, Joe Kinosian, have a new musical in the works. It’s about space aliens. Watch video.

Milton Sipp, Assistant Head of School and Head of the Middle School, and Tom Taylor, Head of the Upper School, condemned systemic racism in remarks to students this week after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Learn more.

“Mafia Mixup,” a screenplay by Andrew Noah ’23, received an honorable mention in the Theater Mania Young Playwrights Contest. It was performed this weekend. Watch video.

Wes Moore ’96, the CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, talks about his new book, “Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City.” A native of Baltimore, Moore describes how systemic racism shaped the life of Freddie Gray and how Gray’s death in 2015 galvanized the city. He is interviewed by David Westin P ’13, ’20, chair of the Riverdale Board of Trustees and co-anchor of Bloomberg: Daybreak Americas and Bloomberg: Balance of Power. Watch video.

Stephanie Okun ’18 has written a screenplay, “Cookie Cutter,” which is featured on the Irvington Theater YouTube channel. Among the performers are Charlotte Jones ’18 and Alex O’Shea ’15. Watch video.

An exhibit by Nicky Enright of the Visual Arts Department at the Hunter East Harlem Galley responds to questions about race and ethnicity in the U.S. Census. Learn more.

Pablo A. Martinez, a French and Spanish teacher, writes about how his search for a school with a strong sense of community led him to Riverdale. Learn more.

Riverdale’s Statement on Campus Discourse provides a framework for difficult conversations in the classroom and in the Riverdale community. Learn more.