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DA Muslim Chaplain Fights Stigma Around Islam

On Tuesday, January 19, Deerfield students had the opportunity to explore the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. through diverse workshops centered on themes of inclusion. One of many adults to share his knowledge and interpretation of inclusion was Hassan Awaisi ’07, who ...


When One Suffers, We All Do: Muslim Students Speak Up

Jihad. Bombs. Extremism. Hijab. These are just a few of the words three other Muslim students and I spoke — the air in the room heavy with tension — as we shared our stories in front of one hundred DA faculty members in January. We’d been invited to speak by Ms. Marjorie Young, ...


Jihad: Striving to be Virtuous, Not Violent

On March 22, sadness and fear swept the globe in the aftermath of the Brussels terrorist attacks, which killed 31 people and injured hundreds more. ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, took responsibility for the attacks, just months after taking responsibility for the November Paris attacks ...


Separating Radicalism from Religion: ISIS Is Not Islam

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, more commonly known as ISIS, ISIL, IS, or Daesh, is a terrorist group believed to have begun operating in 1999, whose actions escalated after the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. ISIS split off from another radical group, Al Qaeda, in 2014, and the two groups have ...


New Perspective Arrives in Vatican

Benedict XVI officially resigned as pope on Thursday, February 28, 2013, marking the first time in nearly 600 years that a pontiff has retired. After his announcement on February 11 of his intention to resign at the end of the month, a conclave was quickly scheduled to elect a new pope in time for ...


Avatars Among Us

It has become apparent to me that, in a secular tone, all of us here at Deerfield Academy have many personal avatars. Think of the times in our lives when something other than our physical presence represents us.