Friday Message from Lee – October 16, 2020


Dear Country Day Families,

This week, our senior English classes were treated to an in-depth literary discussion with Dr. Tameka Cage Conley. The discussion surrounded the students’ study of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel exploring the story of a formerly enslaved woman, her daughters, and the destructive legacy of slavery.

Dr. Cage Conley is an expert literary scholar and acclaimed poet with an especially deep personal and academic connection to Morrison’s work. She began the Zoom meeting by reading an original essay on the book and its importance to her personally, and how even today the book’s theme’s echo through our society. 

Following her introduction, the group engaged in an intimate discussion where students were able to query Dr. Cage Conley on her interpretations of themes, characters, and passages in the book. Dr. Cage Conley’s expert analysis will surely help our students as they begin to write their own essays about the novel.

I want to thank Dr. Cage Conley for sharing her insights with our students and I especially want to thank the generous alumni donor who made her visit possible.

I am proud to be part of a school where students are challenged to examine their own critical thinking and expand their understanding through deep and meaningful conversation.


Lee Thomsen
Head of School