Dear Galloway Community,

This is the second year in my role as head of community engagement. In that capacity, I meet with alumni and alumni parents, participate in the work of the Admissions Office, and write for various publications of The Galloway School. I will continue to teach the European History course in Upper Learning as well as several electives in Middle Learning.

Last year I helped the school in its collaboration with several organizations in Atlanta, The High Museum, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, The King Center, and The Atlanta History Center among them. If you have suggestions for other institutions that I should visit on behalf of the school, please send those ideas my way.

I also visited area schools to learn about various programs they offer and to discern what programs Galloway could develop. This year I will visit several area schools that end with Kindergarten and eighth grade to cultivate a relationship in conjunction with the Admissions Office.

Last year I initiated a monthly book club for parents of current students, led by teachers who discussed books which constitute part of their curriculum. Parents whose students were in particular teachers’ classes or will take the classes in the next year enjoyed getting to know their children’s teachers over book discussions. I will continue the faculty-led book discussions this year. Among the offerings are three different “types” of book discussions: a play by Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun; a graphic novel, Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, and an introduction to specific pieces of music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony #5, Symphony #13, and the Festival Overture. Come join us!

Last summer I accompanied members of the alumni and alumni parent community on a week- long tour of Central Europe. We began in Prague, with a drive through the southwest Czech Republic to Passau, where we boarded a boat for a Danube river cruise to Budapest.

I kept a blog about our experiences on the trip. I plan to continue the blog during the 2017 – 2018 academic year about community engagement at The Galloway School.

I look forward to my second 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

Community Engagement sponsored Book Clubs

7:00 PM McKerrow Conference Room (except 05/09/18)

  • September 6: Megan Cramer, A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
  • October 4: Sam Biglari, Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  • November 1: Mark McCandless, Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  • November 29: Sarah Armstrong, Queen Bees and Wannabes, Rosalind Wiseman
  • January 3: Kerren Berz: Symphony #5, Symphony #13 “Babi Yar,” and Festival Overture, Shostakovich
  • February 7: Lauren Holt, Hamlet, Shakespeare
  • March 14: Tara Vito, City on the Verge, Mark Pendergrast
  • April 4: Jennifer Salerno, Blessings of a Skinned Knee, Wendy Mogel
  • May 2: Scottie Belfi and Gordon Mathis, Candide, Voltaire
  • May 9: Performance of Bernstein’s Candide at the Alliance Theater/Atlanta Symphony

Gordon's Blog

Gordon Mathis has worked at The Galloway School since 1986 as a teacher and principal of Upper Learning and as the head of community engagement. His blog highlights happenings around Galloway and beyond!

Chastain Arts Center: Cosmo Whyte

On Thursday, September 14, Upper Learning students and teachers visited the Chastain Arts Center to meet Cosmo Whyte, an artist whose work is currently on display. Mr. Whyte teaches visual arts at Morehouse College. A native of Jamaica, his work is suffused with themes based on the vestiges of …

Posted by gmathis on Monday September 18, 2017
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Holocaust memorials in Budapest and Berlin

When the Galloway group was in Budapest, I visited the memorial to the people murdered on the banks of the Danube. They were forced to take off their shoes, before they were shot and fell into the river. The memorial is haunting and powerful.

Before the Galloway trip, I visited Berlin with my wife. …

Posted by gmathis on Tuesday August 29, 2017
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application of European trip in the classroom

When we were in Prague, we toured the Prague Castle. All European history teachers love to tell the story of the Defenestration of Prague, which started the Thirty Years War in 1618. Two representatives of the Catholic Habsburg emperor in Vienna and a servant were thrown out of a window in the …
Posted by gmathis on Monday August 14, 2017
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Morning on our own: some walked or ran along the Danube - trees and open countryside on one side, the blue Danube on the other. Others visited museums (the art history museum, the Albertina, the Jewish Museum). Here we are in front of the opera house.

The afternoon was a walking tour of Bratislava, …

Posted by gmathis on Friday June 30, 2017
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On Wednesday, June 28, the Galloway group completed a walking tour of the Innenstadt - the "inner city" in Vienna, Austria. We saw the Gothic cathedral. We listened to music composed by Mozart, Dvorak, and Haydn in a vaulted room in which Mozart played in the 18th century. We enjoyed Sachertorte at …

Posted by gmathis on Thursday June 29, 2017
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Adventures continue

Drive through southwestern Czech Republic to Passau in southeastern Germany.

Passau was destroyed by fire in 1662 and completely rebuilt in the Baroque style -- the city is the same consistent architectural style -- impressive!
All aboard the boat for the trip down the Danube.

Members of the Galloway …

Posted by gmathis on Wednesday June 28, 2017
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Prague walking tours

Saturday, June 24th, included walking tours of Prague -- buildings where Johannes Kepler lived in the seventh century to a building where Frank Kafka lived in the early 20th century.
And a tour of the concert hall where Mozart premiered Don Giovanni.

Sunday, June 25th, included a tour of the Jewish …

Posted by gmathis on Wednesday June 28, 2017
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First days on the river

Dinner aboard the river ship Amadeus Brilliant as it makes its way down the Danube River.

Posted by gmathis on Tuesday June 27, 2017 at 03:30PM
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Travel to the Blue Danube

Posted by Claire Horn on Tuesday June 27, 2017 at 11:24AM
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