The second annual Troutbeck Symposium was held in late April/early May this year, showcasing student research projects which highlight under-told histories of BIPOC communities. Troutbeck lies in Amenia, New York, and has a long history as a gathering space for critical thought leaders in politics, civil rights, and the arts. 

IMS students participated alongside more than a dozen area schools to present their projects, as well as listen and discuss a range of topics related to social justice. IMS Mountain Voices kicked off the event with a strong rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” by James Weldon Johnson. Alan L. and Paisley D. from Mr. Vorenberg’s  “History Geeks” X-Block elective presented their documentary chronicling the unusual story of the institution first called “The Lakeville School For Imbeciles” upon its opening in the middle of the 19th Century. 

This annual event is a powerful gathering, where our students can learn and challenge thinking in a safe space known for its history of creativity and activism.