Bicentennial Events

Join us as we celebrate 200 years of Thetford Academy.

Over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, Thetford Academy will celebrate our 200th birthday with a series of Bicentennial Events. This milestone is about community: our faculty, staff, students, families, alumni, friends, and neighbors of the last 200 years who have supported us every step of the way. We hope you will join us in celebrating 200 years of Thetford Academy.

Bicentennial Community Speaker Series

All Bicentennial Community Speakers will be speaking at Thetford Academy’s Martha Jane Rich Theater, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 @ 7 p.m. – Sonu Bedi, J.D., Ph.D.

Joel Parker 1811 Professor in Law and Political Science and Associate Professor of Government and the Hans ’80 and Kate Morris Director of the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College.

“Why Rights Are Not the Defining Feature of the U.S. Constitution” 

“We often consider our constitutional rights as central to the U.S. Constitution,” Prof. Bedi said. “We may debate what rights we have or how we should interpret them but the idea that rights are the defining feature of the document is a widely held view. This talk challenges this view. It draws primarily on the text and structure of the document to explain why rights are not the defining feature of the document.”

Prof. Bedi has been teaching at Dartmouth since January 2007. He is the author of three books: Political Contingency (NYU Press: 2007) (co-editor), Rejecting Rights (Cambridge University Press: 2009), and Beyond Race, Sex, and Sexual Orientation:  Legal Equality without Identity (Cambridge University Press: 2013). His research interests are in the areas of contemporary political theory, constitutional law and theory, and race, law and identity.

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 @ 7 p.m. – Derrick E. White, Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of History / African & African American Studies at Dartmouth College.

Prof. White is a scholar of modern Black history with an emphasis on intellectual, political, and sports history. He is the author of The Challenge of Blackness: The Institute of the Black World and Political Activism in the 1970s (Florida, 2011) and co-editor of Winning While Losing: Civil Rights, The Conservative Movement and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama (Florida, 2014). He is currently working a book tentatively titled, Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Florida A & M and the Rise and Fall of a Black College Football Dynasty. 

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 @ 7 p.m. – Mark Breen

Senior Meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury Vt.

Along with weather forecasting, Mark Breen’s work at the Museum involves teaching weather and science, as well as serving as the Planetarium Director in Vermont’s only public planetarium.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.Scott Finn

President and CEO, Vermont Public Radio

Scott Finn holds an M.A. in Journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.A. from Harvard University.  Prior to coming to VPR Scott was CEO and Executive Director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. 

Finn is an active contributor to the national dialogue about public media’s future and is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Future Business Strategies Initiative and NPR’s Collaborative Coverage Committee, which is creating a more robust local/national news network in public media.

March 28, 2019 @ 7 p.m. – Scott Shipman, M.D., M.P.H. 

Director of Clinical Innovations and Director of Primary Care Initiatives, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute.

Shipman works with a wide range of health system leaders to promote effective innovations in ambulatory care delivery and teaching.

April 10, 2019 @ 7 p.m – SpeakOut, moderated by Caitlin Birch 

Throughout the past year the Dartmouth College Library has been conducting an oral history project dedicated to documenting the history of Dartmouth’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) community.  The project, called SpeakOut, trains undergraduate students to conduct and record interviews that become part of the oral history collection at Dartmouth’s Rauner Special Collections Library, where they are available for teaching and research. 

Digital Collections and Oral History Archivist Caitlin Birch will provide a  brief intro to SpeakOut and the evening will then move into a moderated discussion of LGBTQIA+ history with a panel of Dartmouth student interviewers.

Alumni Mountain Day

SAT/SUN Sept. 8-9, and SAT/SUN Sept. 15-16, 2018

Celebrate Mountain Day wherever you are! Join a hike near you and show your TA pride with your fellow alumni and TA community members. FIND YOUR HIKE.

Homecoming Games and Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
TA Soccer Fields

Come cheer on TA’s varsity soccer teams as they take on People’s Academy. Join the TA community for a fun-filled day and don’t forget to wear your Panther blue!

Asa Burton Bicentennial Blitz (5K History Run!)

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 @ 10 a.m. 
Dan Grossman Woods Trail

Join the TA community for a 5K Fun Run/Walk with a twist! Runners will learn about TA history as they make their way through the iconic Woods Trail 5K cross country course. Pay attention, because there’s a quiz—and prizes—at the end of the race!

Alumni v. Students Basketball Game

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 @ 1 p.m.
Vaughan Alumni Gymnasium

Relive your TA basketball glory days with a fun-filled afternoon game in the Vaughan Alumni Gymnasium. Extra points for retro uniforms!

Bicentennial Founders’ Day All-School Banquet

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 @ 1 p.m.

Join us for a very special Founders’ Day celebration. All alumni and community members welcome to join TA’s traditional Founders’ Day all-school banquet on its 200th birthday.

Bicentennial Gala and Birthday Celebration

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
Vaughan Alumni Gymnasium

Let’s start 200 off right! Join the TA community for an evening celebration of TA’s rich history and bright future. RSVP required.

Bicentennial Commencement Ceremonies

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m.
Thetford Academy Front Lawn

Help us welcome TA’s 200th class into the ranks of our distinguished alumni. All alumni encouraged to join the alumni procession.