Category Archives: Campus Life

From AAL to ALL: a workshop



As most of you may know, MiddIncluded is a student led movement pushing for a change in Middlebury’s Eurocentric Cultures and Civilizations requirements. Since the launch of our petition in the Fall of 2013, we have been working to ensure that Middlebury adopts a more egalitarian curriculum that
1) reflects the values Middlebury says it stands for,
2) provides greater educational opportunities,
3) educates global citizens who come from all walks of life and will go off to be leaders around the world.

To keep things moving, we need YOUR help. Join the movement!

Come to ONE of our three scheduled workshops to see what you can do (or just to find out more/give us suggestions/have a conversation with us), and go/aal to find out more about us.

Date: Friday the 21st, Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of November
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Friday and 2:00 to 3:30 on Saturday and Sunday
Place: Coltrane Lounge on Friday and Ross B11 on Saturday and Sunday
Cost: N/A

International Education Week at Mt. Abraham Union High School


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International Student and Scholar Advisor Joani Taylor writes in about this year’s International Education Week.  Today, there’s an program running, along with a number of others both on campus and up in Bristol.  Read on for more:

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at Middlebury College has been organizing a program with Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol as part of this year’s International Education Week (IEW), which runs from November 17 to 21IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education which aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S.

This year ISSS wanted to focus programming efforts for IEW on engaging students in the community.  Joani Taylor, an advisor with ISSS, worked with Anne Friedrichs of Mt. Abe last year and knew she would be an enthusiastic supporter of a bigger collaboration.  Thus, International Education Day with Mt. Abe was created and will take place on Wednesday, November 19 from 9 AM to 2 PM on the Middlebury College campus in the McCullough Social Space.  The goal of the program is to foster a global perspective among these ninth grade students and connect them with internationally-focused communities at Middlebury.  Approximately 120 ninth graders and 9 staff members from Mt. Abe will attend.  This event is cosponsored by International Programs and Off-Campus Study, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Community Engagement/Language in Motion, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Environmental Studies.

See after the jump for more information about the schedule for the remainder of the week.

When: Monday Nov. 17- Friday Nov. 21
Where: Middlebury College, Mount Abraham Union High School
Cost: N/A

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Bill McKibben: The Tower of Babel and the Ivory Tower: Reflections on Reaching for the Heavens


It goes without saying that campus celeb Bill McKibben is pretty much a genius. Almost every talk this environmentalist, best-selling author, and Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College gives is incredibly fascinating, and absolutely worth attending; it’s really quite a privilege to have McKibben on campus. So, today, if you’re interested in college achievement culture, religious studies, biblical literature, multiculturalism, or just a good time, be sure to stop by McKibben’s talk, “The Tower of Babel and the Ivory Tower: Reflections on Reaching for the Heavens.” Here’s a quick brief on what will go down”

In this lecture, Bill McKibben will look at the story of the tower of Babel from Genesis 11, and the issues the text raises for the modern college: are there limits to what we should discover, and what are some of the early ideas about we now call multiculturalism? The Babel story–at the very end of the so-called ‘primordial Bible’–is full of intriguing hints about how all humans might approach these key questions.

Bill McKibben is an author, whose books include The End of Nature, about climate change, and The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation, which is about the book of Job. He’s a regular columnist for the religious magazine Sojourners, and his work has also appeared frequently in The Christian Century, as well as Christianity Today and Books and Culture. Later in November he’ll give a plenary address at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in San Diego, and in January he will teach a winter-term course on “Stories from the Bible.”

This lecture is sponsored by the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, with generous support by Cook Commons.

Date: Today, November 17
Time: 7:30 – 9 pm
Place: Dana Auditorium (in Sunderland)
Cost: fo free

“Storytelling As A Form of Activism” and SLAMNESTY

amnesty-logoAmnesty International is putting on some great events today — don’t miss out!

Make sure to come by this afternoon’s talk/workshop, “Storytelling As A Form of Activism”. Amnesty International organizers Aquib Yacoob and Gerry Carolina traveled to Ferguson and participated in the demonstrations and protests against police brutality following the tragic killing of Michael Brown. Come listen to them tell their own experiences as organizers in Ferguson and learn about how storytelling can act as a form of activism.

Date: Friday, November 14th
4-5 pm
Axinn 103

Can’t make it to the talk? Be sure to check out Slamnesty, Amnesty International’s annual open mike, later tonight:

The theme for this year’s event is “From Gaza to Ferguson to Middlebury.” Come listen to Middlebury student share their stories, experiences, and other creative expressions around the theme of police brutality. If you’re interested performing please sign up at go/slamnesty or email [email protected]

Date: Friday, November 14
Time: 9:30-11pm
Place: Crossroads


Wilbur at Middlebury

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Join Wilbur for some dog-rock spirituals on tonight at Brooker at 9 pm. They’re fresh off the release of an EP that has received absolute reviews! You can check out here

The Fatheads (RECENT GRADUATES OF Middlebury College) will be opening with their trademark blend of rhythm and blues. Come on down to let some steam out on a thursday night and enjoy some good company along with pro-bono good tunes.

Where: Brooker

When: Tonight at 9 pm

Price: Free and Free

MiddWrites: Weekly Creative Writing

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On Middwrites this week we feature a repetition prose “Venin” by James Min ’17, a prose narrative written as exercise literature for creative writing (and for those who share a moderate love for liquid courage)

We encourage you to take a break from the towers and spires of piled up work and social commitments and enjoy some student crafted literature. Please send your works to us at [email protected] or [email protected] to be published here on Middwrites and contribute to the thriving community of writers we have on campus.

Enjoy: V E N I N by James Min

 Golden whiskey aged in Oakwood caskets deep in Scottish dungeons. Crimson wines from French villages of Meursault, from 50-year-old sun kissed Italian vines and wise hands of California’s connoisseurs. Vodka from the Russians and their snow covered distilleries, vodka made with 100% organic pride. Across the aisle, sits her majesty, English Gin. Vain and pretentious, ignorant of its juniper berries’ crimes. Mexican Tequila and Caribbean rum, two Latin American warlords locking fists over cocaine salt baths. Vermouth, in the far corner, the bitterest of the bitters, sulks neglected inside glossy Martini and Negroni crystals. Of course, Fernet branca, a favourite, darkest of courage .

 Poison on ice, always poured over crooked smiles. Poison that stings your throat, like a bead-eyed rattlesnake’s bite. You swallow it until finally it swallows you. Very slowly it embraces all of us in visceral warmth that wraps around the neck, the spine, wraps around desires. It lingers in the blood, coagulating inside the cerebrum blocking life but also death (welcome to the halcyon days of limbo). Poison that sets you on fire with the toss of a half smoked cigarette you smoked lying to yourself. It’s okay; you remember nothing. Venom disguised as vaccine for those who don’t want to get sick in more ways than one. It’s a cure for the heartache, the prescription of choice for ambivalent tears and exhaustion of an honest workday. Some take it for the faint whispers of unrelenting pain; they are the first ones to go, the first victims of this silent killer.

 “Two parts poison one part water, please”

 It is always a blinding collection in a dark room, perfect for dark habits. Eight seats, stools clothed in rugged leather forever imprinted with stale smoke. Dying men sit across the plastic wood counter where the bartender sloshes poison into their glasses. It’s a rose colored bar; there’s beauty in its confident squalor. It’s a small paradise, blind to gluttony, where the sararimen of the city come to bathe in its fumes. They indulge sitting next to the most unlikely partners: Albanian daughters next to a Serbian fathers, corrupt cynics next to the French poets and of course underage youth next to their thirty-five aged smoky Highlander reflections.

Post Grooveyard Discussion, 5pm Coltrane Lounge:

bf_collageHankering to talk about this weekend’s concert? Wanna hear what your peers have to say about the show?  Come out to Coltrane Lounge today at 5 PM for WRMC’s post-Grooveyard open discussion.  The first discussion took place last thursday before Grooveyard and touched upon the artist and the celebrity, cultural appropriation, and the role of responsibility in making and consuming music and art. Our second talk will focus on Big Freedia and his performance this past weekend. Come share your thoughts and hear what other students and professors have to say.  Whether you were at the show or not, it should be an interesting discussion.  All are welcome!

When: Thursday Nov. 13 at 5 PM
Where: Coltrane Lounge
Cost: free yo

A Small Good Thing to Begin Weekend Run Tomorrow

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A Small, Good Thing is a piece of devised theatre (a form where the majority of the content is created by the group) using Raymond Carver’s short story as the sole text. The show will be performed this weekend on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (8PM and 10PM on Thur/Fri, and 4PM and 8PM on Sat.)

The idea was the brainchild of Tosca Giustini ‘15.5, and she, Kevin Benscheidt ’17, Eddie Danino-Beck ’15, Kathleen Gudas ‘16.5 and Melissa MacDonald ’15 have been working this semester to bring it to life. The seating capacity is very limited for each show, so if you can only make a certain time, get your tickets soon at the box office. If you haven’t been taking advantage of the breadth of theatre that has been on campus this semester, there is no better time to start than the present.  The show runs just under an hour.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body


At middbeat, we are particularly sensitive to body image issues on campus, and have made a sincere effort to spark dialogue about the ways in which body pressure influences almost everyone in our community. Tonight, there’s an awesome opportunity to continue this conversation at “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body,” a talk being given by Dr. Riley Nickols, regarding athletes, eating disorders, and how we can all work together to promote healthy body image on campus. Dr. Nickols is a USA triathlon coach and therapist at the Victory Program at the McCallum Place Eating Disorder Treatment Center in St Louis, MO. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this event, not solely athletes!

Date: Today, November 12
Time: 7-8:30pm
Place: Dana Auditorium

SPEECH SLAM 300 Wednesday at 7:30

Have something you’re dying to say? Want to win cash money for saying it? And most importantly, can you do it in 300 seconds?

Test your skills at SPEECH SLAM 300 tomorrow at 7:30 in Axinn.

Dana Yeaton writes in:

“Got a passionate opinion, a cause to promote, or an argument from an essay you wrote? You’ve got 300 seconds to convince us. Go!” . . .

Prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded. Speakers should register at go/SpeechSlam.

Hosted by the Oratory Society, the event is still accepting submissions, and even offers two optional coaching sessions, to get you ready for your 5 minutes of fame.  You can sign up for these sessions on GO/SpeechSlam as well.

Its cool if chilling in the audience is more your style; go and support the more brave among us.  (Its easy: admission is free).

Date: Tomorrow, November 12th
Time: 7:30-9:15
Place: Axinn, Abernathy Room