Community Engagement

Dear Galloway Community,

The 2018 – 2019 academic year marks the third year in my role as head of community engagement. In that capacity, I meet with alumni and alumni parents, assist with the work of the Admissions Office, and write for various publications of The Galloway School. I help plan programs at the school and teach European History in Upper Learning as well as several electives in Middle Learning.

Two years ago I initiated a faculty-led book club; last year I assumed the organization for the Parents’ Association book club as well. This year we will have the opportunity to read thirteen different books, among them Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Twelfth Night by Shakespeare, and Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni, about the college admissions process. The new director of diversity, Anthony Miller, will lead a discussion of Class Matters, written by correspondents of the New York Times. Join us for stimulating discussions led by members of the Galloway faculty and staff.

On Monday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. the school will sponsor a panel discussion, “All Politics is Local.” Members of the Galloway parent, alumni, and alumni parent communities who are elected officials in the Atlanta area will discuss their experiences in local politics. During the afternoon of March 30, the school will sponsor a bus tour of the Belt Line. Mark Pendergrast, the author of City on the Verge, a narrative about the origin of the Belt Line, will accompany us. In June of 2019, we are planning another European river cruise up the Rhine River, from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. In the spring I will give a series of lectures about the history and culture surrounding this important river-road in Europe.

I look forward to my third year as head of community engagement — and I hope to see some of you at the community events this year!

All the best,
Gordon Mathis

Upcoming Book Club meetings

  • Tuesday, September 10 : Under Pressure, Lisa Damour
  • Tuesday, October 15: Hard Ball, Chris Matthews
  • Tuesday, November 12: Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Tuesday, January 21: Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari
  • Tuesday, February 18: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
  • Tuesday, March 17: Blindspot Hidden Biases of Good People, Mahzarin R. Banaji, Anthony G. Greenwald
  • Tuesday, April 21: Under Pressure, Lisa Damour

Gordon Mathis
Head of Community Engagement
404.252.8389 x 294