Word on the street is… there’s a very cool street art exhibit at the college museum. If you haven’t taken the time to venture down to the CFA to check out works by Banksy, JR, Shepard Fairy, and more, the trek down is definitely worth your time. Unconvinced? Read what middbeat’s Anna Cerf ’18had to say about the show.
If you’ve already been and can’t get enough street art, you’re in luck. Today, Henry Chalfant, co-producer of the award-winning film Style Wars (1983) will be here at Midd to show a screening of the movie and speak about it Q&A style. Watch the trailer here. More on the movie and producer below!
Style Wars, awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival, is an indispensable introduction to the vital and explosive New York City street culture of the late 1970s and early ’80s. The film captures the look and feel of the city’s subway system as a graffiti writers’ playground, battleground, and spectacular artistic canvas. As authorities opposed the writers by every means possible, the artists bombed the subways with their “tags” and introduced new sounds and new moves as their street corner breakdance battles evolved into performance art.
A photographer and film producer, Chalfant is a foremost cultural historian of New York subway art and urban youth culture. His photographs record hundreds of ephemeral and original art works that have long since vanished. His epochal text Street Art (1987), co-authored with Martha Cooper and recently republished in a 25th-anniversary edition, has been cited as the single most influential sourcebook and stimulus to global street art.
Date: Today, March 5th Time: 4:30 screening followed by a Q&A Place: Dana Auditorium in Sunderland Cost: $0
Are you tryna get your boogie on this Friday night? Look no further–we’ve got the event for you! For the Kids (FTK), a student-run organization on campus that works to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Burlington, will be hosting its annual Dance Marathon in an effort to reach the fundraising goals they set this year! This event is part of a movement in which over 150 schools across the country participate, and it won’t be one you want to miss. Aside from enjoying a night of sweet moves from you, your friends, your professors, and other community members, those in attendance can look forward to special appearances by Riddim, acapella, student bands, free food (if you weren’t convinced before, re-read that last one. Do it for the kids, do it for the food), raffles, and stories from children whose lives have been positively impacted by events like this. Come celebrate the end of the third week of second semester (and February almost being over!!!!) by dancing the night away for a good cause.
Date: Friday, February 27th Time: 5pm-3am Place: Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center Cost: $10 donation to register
Huge news! There’s a new dance crew on campus! Come check out Evolution Dance Crew’s first showcase ever tonight! One talented group not enough? D8 AND Verbal Onslaught will be performing with them. At the same time? I’m not sure. We’ll have to find out live!
Date: Today, Thursday 26th Time: 8:30 PM (doors open at 8) Place: Wilson Hall (aka social space) Cost: FREE AND YOU GET FREE GRILLE FOOD WHADDUP!!
Curious about the new Marquis Theater? Want to shake up your Thursday night routine? Check out this awesome dance party tonight! For those of us who complain a lot about our shortage of options on campus for social events, this seems like an interesting alternative! Mzwakithi M Shongwe ’16 writes in to middbeat:
Join us for a night of fun and good music this coming Thursday at the newly refurbished Marquis Café & Theater. The mix will encompass old school vs. new school hip-hop, r&b and a healthy dose of the latest pop hits thrown in with some EDM for good measure.
Do you like learning? Have you ever taken a science class? Ever heard of stem cells? Or had the desire to have babies when you’re old!?
Dr. Hugh Taylor, an obstetrician and stem cell researcher at Yale will be giving us the low-down on stem cells, and in particular, their relation to aging. Dr. Taylor will be discussing how ovarian stem cells could extend fertility well beyond the normal human reproductive life span. In addition, his research explores how these stem cells are related to human aging as a whole.
You may or may not know that these rad little dudes have huge potential to treat diseases, repair muscle tissue, and are currently one of the front runners in the race to cure cancer. In other words, this isn’t a talk you want to miss.
Come get informed…..
Date: Thursday, February 26 Time: 4:30pm Place: Bi Hall 216 Cost: Fo’ FREE
In early 2011, the Arab Spring was sparked with a vendor on the streets of Tunisia. Now, four years later, the aftermath of uprisings continues to unfold across the region. The dream of democratic government has faded and given way to the increasing power of insurgent Islamist factions. Come listen to Dr. Kahlaoui discuss his first-hand experience with these salafi groups in Tunisia. More on the lecture here:
Dr. Kahlaoui is the Director General of the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES), Tunisia’s foremost think tank on political, economic, and environmental matters. Responding to the unexpectedly large number of Tunisians who have joined ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliated organizations in the Levant and North Africa, the ITES under Dr. Kahlaoui’s guidance has recently published a report that tracks the upsurge in salafi jihadi recruitment in Tunisia, and suggests countermeasures. Based on fieldwork and interviews with Tunisian salafi jihadists, the ITES’ report provides firsthand documentation of a phenomenon that until now, has largely unfolded outside of the public view. Dr. Kahlaoui will speak about the report’s findings and place it within the social and political contexts of post-revolutionary Tunisia. In addition to his work at ITES, Dr. Kahlaoui is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Art at Rutgers University.
It is well known to us that one of the perks of attending a small liberal arts colleges is our ability to develop close relationships with our professors, and we get the privilege of learning from them rather than from grad students or TAs. However, relationships with professors too frequently remain in the classroom. Tonight, we have the opportunity to watch four professors do what they do best, center stage. Come watch the faculty dance concert tonight!!
The Dance Program offers an introduction and welcome to the multifaceted talents of our new faculty members Tzveta Kassabova, Trebien Pollard, and Scotty Hardwig, joined by Christal Brown.
Date: Today, February 26th Time: 8-10 PM Place: MCA Dance Theater Cost: $6 for midd students (go/boxoffice)
The Middlebury Mamajamas will be performing tomorrow at 51 Main! With the perfect mix of throwbacks and current hits (a rendition of Sam Smith that will melt your heart) the talented and fun-loving A Capella group will definitely make a walk into town worth while!
Date: Tomorrow, February 26th Time: 8:00-9:00pm Place: 51 Main Cost: Free (unless you buy yourself a burger)
All too often when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Middle Eastern disputes in general, extremism determines the focus of our conversations. Today, we have the opportunity to hear from an Israeli-American activist taking a different, non-violent approach to protest the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Though many of us have strong and disparate opinions on the conflict, I think we can all agree on the importance of hearing from as many, diverse opinions as possible. Read more about the lecture here:
Israeli-American activist, writer and poet Moriel Rothman-Zecher ’11 will speak about conscientious objection from both a political and a personal lens (Moriel spent time in military prison in 2012 for refusing to enlist in the IDF) and about nonviolent activism and organizing against the occupation including a campaign to stop the demolition of Susiya, a village in the South Hebron Hills, another (successful) campaign to prevent the eviction of a Palestinian family from their home in Silwan in East Jerusalem, nonviolent demonstrations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in places like Nabi Saleh, Sheikh Jarrah as well as recent demonstrations and organizing efforts in Tel Aviv against the recent war on Gaza, which were met with repression and violence, both from the police and from pro-war counter protestors.
Date: Today, February 25th Time: 4:30-6 Place: Dana Auditorium Cost: Nothing
It’s no secret that Middlebury students are often ridiculously smart. But all too often, more academic talk stays in the classroom and we fall into small talk or only chat about things that are immediately concerning: it’s really cold, the add/drop period is over, Atwater was poppin this weekend. But not at the Midd Debate Society! Come out and support your peers as they argue about issues that are relevant in and outside of the Middlebury bubble. Lily Wilson ’18 writes in:
The Midd Debate Society will be holding a fun and interesting public debate round tomorrow evening in Crossroads! Whether you a) didn’t actually know Middlebury had a debate society, b) don’t really know what debate is all about, or c) just want some free Grille food, you should come on by! Watch esteemed debaters Nate Rifkin ’15, Caley Henderson ’18, Elana Feldman ‘17.5, and James Callison ‘17.5 debate over whether the United States should pay people to vote in elections, with Frank Wyer ’15serving as judge.
Date: Today, February 24th Time: 5:15-6:30 Place: Crossroads Cafe Cost: one million dollars (jk it’s free)