WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Over the course of about a month, the students delved into multi- ple aspects of why conflicts happen and how communities heal after- ward. In art class, they analyzed war propaganda, including WWI and WWII posters, as well as the contemporary artwork of Shepard Fairey, creator of the iconic Barack Obama HOPE poster—to con- sider how art is used to incite nationalistic pride, anger, and hope. In English, they studied the rhetoric of war all the way back to the days of Charlemagne and the language of peace expressed in contempo- rary poetry and essays. And, they watched TED talks on conflict reso- lution. In science, they studied the mechanisms of warfare; in social studies, how war negatively impacts indigenous people. The students often ventured out of the school building for further investigation. With a bucket of flowers in hand, they visited the vet- erans' section of the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellesley, paying respect to town residents, including David George Ouellet, a veteran who was granted the Medal of Honor for his service in the Vietnam War. They also visited war memorials across Greater Boston, including the Armenian Heritage Park, Irish Famine Memorial, Crispus Attucks 107 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Scenes from the public ceremony where Wellesley High School students honored their school's alumni and staff military veterans

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