Category Archives: Causes

Lecture TODAY: Responding to AIDS in Africa

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Today, Kim Yi Dionne, a Five College Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College, will be lecturing on the shortcomings of the global respond to AIDS in Africa. Professor Dionne studies identity, public opinion, political behavior, and policy aimed at improving the human condition. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at UCLA and taught at Texas A&M University from 2010-2013. Professor Dionne was also a Fulbright Scholar in Malawi, where she conducted research on the political economy of HIV/AIDS interventions. Come on down to the RAJ today to learn more!

Date: April 27th
Time: 4:30
Place: RAJ conference room
Cost: Nope!

2015 Amka Conference: Education in Africa

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Economic history not your thing?  More psyched on education?  Make sure to catch the 2015 Amka Conference on Education in Africa tomorrow, which kicks off at 11 am in Wilson Hall with a keynote speech from Fred Swaniker, founder of the African Leadership Academy.   Big thanks to Umoja, the Middlebury African Student Organization, for organizing the conference, and make sure to check out the event page here, and the schedule after the jump.  There will be talks all day and partying all night, so don’t miss out.

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Conference on the Economic History of Race, Gender, and Class

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Tomorrow, the Economics department will be hosting a series of talks regarding the Economic History of Race, Gender, and Class in Axinn with scholars coming in from all corners of the country to discuss topics ranging from race in Brazil to the industrialization of the American South.  This will undoubtedly be a great event for those interested in social justice, economic history, and public policy.  It’s oft forgotten at Midd that a huge group of economists take a critical lens on the social issues of our time, and tomorrow’s talks should serve as even greater proof that studying economics does not have to mean working on Wall Street (although there does seem to be that tendency seeing as 16% of Midd grads go into financial services).  The conference has been organized by Professor Leticia Arroyo-Abad  and  is dedicated to the memory of the late and much beloved Professor Robert E. Prasch who passed away this past winter.  See below for the conference schedule.

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Talk TODAY: Bending the Moral Arc with Robin Pandoley


In light of the upcoming election cycle, our campus has turned its attention to the ways in which we can create meaningful change in our community. While the SGA is an important conduit, it’s important for us to remember that we are all capable of creating change outside of the institutional structures in place. Today, Robin Pendoley will be speaking about creating meaningful social impact. More on the lecture below!!

Creating social impact is easy. It happens all around us every day. Impact that — as Dr. King would say — bends the moral arc of the universe toward justice, is really hard to make. It’s not just aprofessional mountain to climb, but a personal one, too. Come hear how one educator is working to create a new generation of agents of change who are uniquely qualified to bend our universe toward justice. It’s a story of social innovation, personal struggle, and changing the world.

Robin Pendoley isn’t trying to solve the world’s biggest problems. He’s trying to prepare others to do it. As Founder & CEO of Thinking Beyond Borders — an educational non-profit offering gap year programs — Robin has led the development of innovative programs that are redefining social impact leadership. Sometimes labelled a social entrepreneur, he’s highly skeptical of that field and the start-up culture it has created in the social sector. Robin holds a BA in International Development from UCLA and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Date: Today, April 24th
Time: 12:30 PM
Place: Axinn 229
Cost: Free and w/ PIZZA

Podcast Therapy TONIGHT!


Do you think the word ‘podcast’ is kinda dumb BUT full of potential for amazing storytelling you can’t hear on the radio? Did you listen to all of Serial (OBSESSIVELY, am I rite?!), but had no idea where to turn next? Have you run out of This American Life episodes and feeling like life just got so empty? Or do you just love Gamut Room events because that’s where college memories are made (shout out, WOMP!)??? OR JUST WANT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, then you BEST be at Podcast Therapy, an event being hosted by Third Coast International Audio Festival and the Meet the Press series, TODAY IN THE GAMUT ROOM! 

Maya Goldber-Safir ‘12.5who is presently employed by the Third International Coast Audio Festival (check this out!) writes in to explain the event, as she’s gonna be the star (that is, besides all of you!):

Podcasts have been shown to rejuvenate your walk to Bihall, enliven your Megabus trips, and bring the best of audio storytelling straight to your back pocket. But… HOW do you choose what to listen to?

Maya Goldberg-Safir ‘12.5, licensed Podcast Therapist™ from the Third Coast International Audio Festival, is here to help. As a highly trained listener with a huge medicine cabinet of audio delights, she responds to whatever you need advice on using… podcasts!

Plus! Dr. Goldberg-Safir is joined by Alex Kapelman and Whitney Jones, co-producers of the independent podcast Pitch, named by Slate Magazine as one of the best music podcasts of 2014.

This event is going to be really, really good. Better than the bar, or whatever pre-game for the bar might conflict. Better than Proctor dinner. SO COME.

Date: Tonight, April 23
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Gamut Room
Cost: Nada! ALL are welcome!!!


earth_week_centered_copy_3As some of you may know (maybe from that nifty Google doodle?), today is the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day! In partnership with SNG and several other student groups, the Campus Sustainability Coordinators have put together a week of events aimed at raising awareness and celebrating all things nature. Check out the schedule below:

6 pm — Head over to Johnson to check out a new Gallery Exhibit, “eARTh Day: A Progression of Black Resistance and Its Relation to Environmental Justice.”

7 pm — Don’t miss the Mountain Club’s Screening of “An American Ascent,” at Dana Auditorium! It’s bound to be awesome — see this post for more details.

9 pm – Want to get out and about? It’s Mchaka Mchaka running night at Mead Chapel, and all are welcome!

12:30 pm – Bring your lunch and head down to the Hillcrest Orchard room for another great ES Colloquium talk. This week’s talk, by David Bond, Faculty Member at Bennington College and Senior Associate at The Center for the Advancement of Public Action, is titled “Ethical Oil: The Moral Economy of Nature and Culture in the Tar Sands of Alberta.”

FRIDAY, 4/24:
3-6pm – Celebrate the earth (and the start of the weekend) at the CSC-sponsored Earth Week Festival! The festival will feature free food, a tree tour led by Tim Parsons, temporary tattoos, and more, with performances by Midd Masti, 4:30 Jazz Combo, On Tap, RIDDIM, ASL, Paradiddles, Mchaka Mchaka, Mischords, and Capoeira. Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome! (Please note: our rain location will be in Crossroads Café). 

4-8pm – Head down to the Organic Garden for MCOF’s Spring Planting Festival! Pizza, s’mores, and good vibes are all promised.

SUNDAY, 4/26:
6pm – Continuing the theme of fun and (free) food, drop by Xenia House and join their Earth Week Picnic!

9pm – Start strategizing! Head over to the Hillcrest Orchard room for SNG’s weekly meeting, and see how you can get involved in sustainability and climate justice issues on campus.


Stop Traffick Atwater Dinner, Tonight!


Wish Atwater dining hall was open for dinner, too? Tonight, your wish is granted! Julia Rossen ’16 of the student group Stop Traffick writes in to invite us all to a delicious meal tonight:

Please join Stop Traffick for a Greek-themed Atwater dinner tonight at 6pm! This will be our last event of the year, and we would love for you to come and bring your friends. Only the first 100 people are admitted, so please arrive early.

AND — if you’re looking to win $20 to 51 Main — bring two or more of the following items: gently used toiletries, clothes, and electronics. All of the donations will be given to Give Way to Freedom, a Vermont-based anti-trafficking organization that works with local trafficking survivors.​ Everyone who brings two items will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $20 gift certificates…and those who bring five or more will be entered TWICE! So, do some spring cleaning for your fellow wo/man.

Thank you! See you there.

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Date: Tonight, April 22
Time: 6pm
Place: Atwater Dining Hall
Cost: Free!

TONIGHT: My Idea to Save America, A Speech Contest

DgC4IiMPYpH-feogoZOTl0iCHave a proclivity for watching inspiring Ted talks? This might be right up your alley… Tonight, the Oratory Society is sponsoring the final round of a speech contest called “My Idea to Save America.” It’s scary to think, but in just a few short years we’ll all be off on our own, and many of us will be working to make a difference in our communities, country, or world. So not a bad idea to hear from some of our peers on how that might  happen! More info here:

This final round of 5-minute speeches by current Middlebury College students will be judged by faculty, and feature short, post-speech comments by “celebrity respondents.” Prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded, along with the honor of helping to restore a Middlebury tradition that began in 1807: the speaking contest.

Date: Today, April 22nd
Time: 7 PM
Place: Warner Hemicycle
Cost: $0


Spring 5K Race

5K 2015 Poster (1) (1)Hey Middlebury! Looking for something to do this Saturday, April 25th? Come out to the GlobeMed annual 5K race (run, walk, skip, whatever). There will be live music by Iron Eyes Cody and a BBQ on Proctor Terrace afterwards. Cost for the race is $10, for the BBQ is a suggested donation of $5.

We’ll be tabling at the library every night if you want to stop by to sign up and pay in cash, or pay through this link:  or you’ll be able to sign up on Saturday before the race!

When: Saturday, April 25
Where: Proctor Terrace
Time: race starts at 11am

TODAY: Panama Dance Exchange Showing


Spring break may seem like a distant memory– many of us have moved on to thinking longingly about the summer in this final stretch. But tonight, we have the opportunity to hear from eight student dancers from the Middlebury College Dance Program who travelled to Panama City, Panama for an international dance exchange in support of arts education and cultural ambassadorship this past spring break. Come listen to their findings about movement, teaching, learning, and language, and watch a screening of the documentary-in-progress about this project: “dancers without borders, and moving to change.” Should be really cool, and a great way to fantasize about what you can do with your time off.

Date: Today, April 22nd
Time: 5 PM
Place: MCA Dance Theater
Cost: Free!