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Harvard psychiatrist Robert Coles first saw Ruby Bridges Hall 35 years ago as she braved a rowdy mob to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, depicted in the Norman Rockwell painting above. Studying her thoughts and bravery helped Coles come to understand and write about the inner lives of children. After both received honorary degrees from Connecticut College this past summer, Hall returned home to begin her new job as director of student and family services at Frantz Elementary.

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