The Ecole in the Media

Freitag, 25. Oktober 2013

by Daniel Davis Wood

There will be a few days of silence here on the Ecole website as staff and students prepare to take a break from life on the Hasliberg and enjoy a four-day long weekend elsewhere in Europe. News updates will resume on Wednesday, one day after the beginning of the Ecole’s annual Intensive Week. During Intensive Week, all academic classes are put on hold so that students can devote themselves full-time to arts, crafts, and skills-based projects which they complete over a period of four days.

Before our short break begins, however, I’d like to call your attention to this article by Martin Kämpchen, published last week in the Calcutta broadsheet The Statesman. Kämpchen, an Ecole alumnus, recounts a recent visit he paid to the school and also spends some time detailing the connections between the Ecole d’Humanité and the Santiniketan School in West Bengal, India. As Kämpchen indicates, those connections were established in the mid-twentieth century, when Paul Geheeb, the founder of the Ecole, came into contact with Rabindranath Tagore, the Indian poet and Nobel Laureate and founder of Santiniketan. The photograph at the top of this page shows Geheeb and Tagore together at the end of the 1940s. To read Kämpchen’s article in full, click the link above and then click ‘Single Page Format’ on the Statesman website.