By Dr. Claire Andrade-Watkins '70
Claire Andrade-Watkins '70 with Head of School Julia Russell Eells
The curving driveway at 301 Butler Avenue remains a vivid and indelible memory of that last dash to get to those red doors on time, and if I was late, hopefully not run into Ms. Schaffner. Somehow 40 years have passed since my last sprint up the driveway, this time welcomed by a young ambassador who, in a flashback, could have been me and, in a flash forward, might be the me of the future. Regardless of the Benjamin Button moment, the ambience of Lincoln—the intelligent engagement in life, dedication to learning, knowledge and community—remains timeless.
Returning to Lincoln for Morgan Stone Day was an honor, and it was a privilege to show my work as a filmmaker in an event that commemorates the life of Morgan Stone, a remarkable young woman who personified the values and principles that are instilled in all of us who pass through the doors of Lincoln. I remember Morgan from the year my daughter attended Lincoln in the 3rd grade and was her classmate. I like to think that her education at Lincoln enriched Morgan’s life, as it did mine. The seeds of who I would become as an historian and artist were first planted at Lincoln, where my love for history and the story of people were brought to life by our gifted history teacher, Mrs. Leverett. Morgan was taken from us too soon, however her legacy of caring, passion and community engagement continues. And indeed, like Lincoln, it is timeless.
Claire shared her documentary Hi, Neighbor with the Lincoln community as part of our program for Morgan Stone Day. The film addressed the displacement and vulnerability of the immigrant, but ultimately highlighted the power of close-knit immigrant communities in Providence and beyond. Claire commented from the Cape Verdean and Fox Point perspective, but she also spoke to the broader immigrant issues and challenges of the 21st century.
About Claire Andrade-Watkins '70
"Dr. Andrade-Watkins is Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College in Boston, MA, a 2010-2011 Visiting Scholar at Brown University in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA), and a 2010 Swearer Community Fellow. She is the director of the Fox Point Cape Verdean Project, which is currently based at the CSREA. Dr. Andrade-Watkins was a 1996 Fulbright Scholar in Cape Verde and has received numerous grants for her documentary work including the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the LEF Foundation. She was a recipient of a 2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council, Artist Fellowship. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Emerson College, on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and is currently First Vice-President of CABO, Inc. (Cape Verdean American Business Organization), a member of the Cape Verdean American Progressive Center, and co- founder and Executive Committee member of Common Threads, a grassroots Cape Verdean community organization."
For more about Claire and her work, please visit SPIA Media Productions, Inc.
Souce: SPIA Media Productions, Inc. 2011. Web. 14 Dec. 2011. http://184.108.40.206/~spiamedi/