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Our planet often can seem otherworldly.  Case in point, consider these pictures of trees completely cocooned in the webs of an infinite number of spiders following the record floods that hit Sindh Pakistan at the end of last year.

Because of the amount of flooding and the time that it took for the water to begin to recede, the spiders took to the trees.  To add to the mystery, the people in the area report that there appeared to be fewer mosquitoes than they expected, especially given the amount of standing water that there had been.  Their thinking was that the webs caught the mosquitoes, thereby reducing the risk of malaria.  Amazing.


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The Davids Live

The Event of the Year (Decade?)
June 10, 2010 – 7PM
Gaston Hall – Georgetown University

Please join current and past Burke celebrities and stars, including students, alums, faculty, parents and friends – to celebrate the incredible body of work that was crafted, directed and performed over the past 12 years by the wonderful cast and crew of the Edmund Burke School.

We’ll say goodbye to David with a party that Irving Thalberg himself would die to be invited to, and honor the staff and faculty who have made Burke such a unique place ever since Russell Crowe won the Oscar for Gladiator.

Come with your family to share in a night of comedy, drama, song, dance, laughter and tears (but mostly laughter) and speeches that will be cut off by the band.

RSVP now by clicking here.

And make sure to stay up-to-date with Davids news by checking The Davids Live Website.

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The first space at Burke that most people connect with is the Atrium.  It is Burke’s home within a home.  At any given moment it is Burke’s meeting place, social network, stage, study hall, town square, cathedral, coffee house, sanctuary, etc.  Enter the Atrium alone at night – and you can almost feel the echos of the prior day vibrating from the white brick wall.

Deriving from Latin, atrium refers to the central court or main room of an ancient Roman house.  It also may descend from an early European word for the “place where smoke from the hearth escapes.”  Certainly, Burke’s Atrium could not be any more central to the daily life and love of Burke.  Like a kitchen that sustains and warms a family, the laughter, buzz, music and bonds of friendship of the Atrium have warmed and nourished the community.

Amy’s science classes learn every year that the atria are also the two chambers into which blood enters the heart.  No wonder, then, that the Atrium is for many of us the place that we keep inside as we remember what we have heard and seen and felt at Burke.

Speaking of hearing – here are two songs from a recent assembly in the Atrium.  Thanks to Sam Judson, John Howard and Alex White for filming, arranging and posting the songs.

Chicago by Sujan Stevens

Forest Whitaker by Brother Ali

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Tengwar is the name of the alphabet used in several languages in Middle-Earth. Tengwa is a word in Quenya (the Elvish dialect we teach) meaning “sign” or “symbol,” so plural Tengwar comes from that. Within Tolkien’s mythology, the Noldo elf Fëanor invented the Tengwar, to replace Sarati, the previous, more limited system. (Fëanor was also, among other things, the elf who made the Silmarils, so he was pretty talented.)


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Janine and her bro, Omar at graduation

Burke alum, Janine Khraishah was an unforgettable member of Burke world, excelling in school, on the field and in service to the community.  After graduating from Burke in 2008, Janine went to Brown University where she was recently welcomed, as a Junior, into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.  Here’s what she has to say about her experience so far at Brown and how life at Burke helped prepare her for Brown:

What are you studying at Brown?
I am studying International Relations with a focus in Political Economy and Middle Eastern Studies. My coursework is varied: Economics, Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology, which is good because I think it is really important to take a variety of classes as an undergrad However, I’m concentrating in Middle Eastern Studies so that I will have in-depth knowledge about a particular area as well. Best of both worlds!

Favorite classes at Brown?
My favorite class at Brown so far is “Globalization and Social Conflict” taught by Professor Heller. You know a class is good when you are not looking at your watch every five minutes! This class really shaped how I perceive poverty and inequality in the world. Everything we learned was so relevant to what is going on in the world today.

Other things you’re working on at Brown?
In addition to my studies, I am on the Board of the Brown Muslim Students’ Association. Currently we are renovating the Brown Muslim Students’ Center: we have raised $12,000 so far! We also organize social events for Muslim students and other events that seek to educate the Brown community about Islam. I am also president of the Open Arms Initiative, a student group that works with immigrants (mostly Iraqi) in the Providence area, tutoring them in English and generally help them navigate life in the US.

What role did Burke play in your preparation for college?
Burke prepares you well to approach professors outside the classroom with confidence. At Burke, you are encouraged to talk to your teachers and  build relationships with them outside the classroom, which is a really important skill to have when you are one of five hundred students in a lecture-based class. I also developed strong writing skills and learned how to approach writing research papers at Burke, both of which are crucial college skills.

J9 and Bob K. and H.

What were some of your favorite classes at Burke?
Favorite classes at Burke included Chemistry with Bob and AP English with Robbie. Really good, challenging classes. Also both Robbie and Bob are really passionate about their respective subjects and it really shows through in their teaching.

Softball Senior Day

I am really glad I played sports at Burke. It was definitely integral to my experience at the school, and I made some of my best friends on those teams. I learned a lot of skills from playing sports that I still carry with me. I learned how to manage and organize my time better from balancing sports and school. I think its important to challenge yourself in different ways outside of the classroom, and being involved in athletics allowed me to do that. Nothing teaches you more about discipline like a 6:00 in the morning practice with Pam, or perseverance like trying to climb out of a 6-0  hole in a softball game!

What did the Burke community mean to you?

Softball Crew

I found that the community at Burke was strong and intimate. It is nice to go to a school where you are familiar with most everyone, and everyone knows you. Burke’s faculty facilitates this sense of community in a strong way. The teachers I had at Burke really cared about their students and would go out of their way to get to know them. That doesn’t stop when you graduate either. Last year I got a care package from Rachel Braun, went out to coffee with Robbie, and sent a few French papers I had written to Tamara for feedback. Whenever I come by something that I know will be interesting to a Burke teacher, I’ll email them about it. It’s nice to know that I’ll always have the support system I had at Burke.

Burke’s celebration and valuing of people’s differences also helped my transition to college. At Brown, I was really surprised by the diversity I encountered. I’m not just talking about racial diversity, which there is quite a bit of here. I also mean the diversity of interests that I have encountered. I have met potters, singers, poets, cricket players, breakdancers, and a lot more. I love belonging to a community where I experience such a mélange of people on a day to day basis. In high school, I found that my friends were quite similar to me, but at college that is definitely not the case

What does the Phi Beta Kappa honor mean for you?
I was really honored to receive Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa is not solely a reward that reflects the grades you receive. It also reflects the strength and variety of the coursework one chooses to take. At a school that offers its students an extraordinary amount of flexibility and liberality in the courses they choose, it is nice to receive a reward in recognition of how carefully and thoughtfully I have constructed the curriculum I have chosen to follow.

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Just saw the Falls Church premiere of I AM http://iamthedoc.com/ . Check it out. Will be at E Street starting Friday.  Heart-centered it had all my favorites: Thomas Merton, Albert Einstein, Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and new insights on how we are biologically and spiritually hard-wired for cooperation.


From the director of BRUCE ALMIGHTY, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR and ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE comes something completely different.

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Take a look at what a cool group of folks did in the Antwerp Train Station. Let’s meet in my office (M&Ms always available) to figure out how we can pull off a similar terrific-ness at Union Station. Doh!!

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