Award-winning poet and Dartmouth professor Joshua Bennett has been named a scholar-in-residence at Thayer Academy. He will begin his residency this fall for the 2022-23 school year.
In this role, Bennett will lead discussions and poetry collaborations throughout the year across the entire Thayer community. The collaborative endeavors promise to be broad in nature, touching upon topics in literature, history, music, film, and the sciences.
Bennett is not new to Thayer; in February he was the visiting author for the sixth annual Bailey-King Author Series. He met with classes and clubs and also performed works from his books of poetry, first during a student assembly and later that night at a reading held in Southworth Library, all to enthusiastic audiences.
Thayer Academy’s Scholar-in-Residence Program was created in 2021 by Head of School Chris Fortunato P ‘26, ‘28 to “bring the world to Thayer,” part of efforts to develop curricula and training around critical communication and leadership skills that students need to navigate a changing global landscape. Harvard University professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy, an award-winning historian, educator, and social activist, served as the inaugural scholar-in-residence and will continue as a scholar for the 2022-23 academic year. In his first year at the Academy, McCarthy led professional development of faculty and staff, facilitated two roundtable discussions — one on media bias and the other on LGBTQ+ rights — and worked with Fortunato to develop the course The Art of Communication, a senior English elective. McCarthy also led a master class on leadership and communication for more than 40 students and faculty/staff.
Bennett is the author of two collections of poetry, Owed and The Sobbing School, as well as a book of criticism, Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man. His first work of narrative nonfiction, Spoken Word: A Cultural History, is forthcoming from Knopf. To learn more about Bennett, please click here. To read about Bennett’s visit to Thayer as part of the Bailey-King Author Series, please click here.