The Lovett community was pleased to welcome Dr. R. Scott Hanson ‘87 back to campus as its Founder’s Day Chapel speaker on January 23. Founder’s Day Chapel is an annual event celebrating the history of the school and the legacy of its founder, Eva Edwards Lovett.
In his address, Hanson commented on how Lovett’s campus has changed and improved since he attended Lovett in the late 1980’s. The central theme running through his remarks was the importance of being kind to others who are different. Hanson related that his family moved from Texas to Atlanta just before his ninth-grade year, and he at first naturally felt like an outsider. But, his experiences in Lovett’s Upper School, and a new and diverse group of friends, made him feel at home – he found community at Lovett.
After graduating in 1987, Hanson travelled extensively during college and enjoyed exploring new countries and cultures. At one point, he addressed Upper School students specifically and stated, “Wherever your travels may take you, be kind and compassionate to the people you meet.”
Dr. R. Scott Hanson ‘87 is a lecturer in History and Director of the Social Justice Research Academy at the University of Pennsylvania and an Affiliate of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. He earned his B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin and then completed an M.A. in Religion at Columbia University and his Ph.D. in History of Culture at the University of Chicago. He is the author of City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens (Fordham University Press, 2016), a history and ethnography of the most diverse neighborhood in the world. The book, which is now in its second printing, received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and was also featured in the Sunday Book Review of The New York Times. You can read more about his work at www.rscotthanson.com.