Get your tickets at go/SEPOMTIX, and check after the jump for info and music from the openers. Shout out to one of our student-band favorites Iron Eyes Cody for getting on the bill, they’ll be slaying it as always no doubt. STOKED for this show.
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.
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.
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
Today, Assistant Professor of Spanish Marta Manrique Gómez will be giving a lecture as part of the International and Global Studies Colloquium. In this lecture, Professor Gómez will be comparing and contrasting Unamuno’s novel Abel and Sánchez and the biblical story of Saul of David. More on the lecture here:
In my presentation, I will explore the interplay between Unamuno’s novel Abel Sánchez and the biblical story of Saul and David as it is told in the Books of Samuel, focusing on some of their key players’ paths from envy to insanity, and the overall tragedy that results. Both Unamuno’s protagonist Joaquín and the biblical character Saul suffer from intense mental instability either brought on, or at least aggravated in part, by immense jealousy of their presumably more social, gifted counterparts, Abel and David, respectively. Both Unamuno and the authors of the Books of Samuel wrote during times of national crisis, and their solitary, mad figures reflect not only personal tragedy, but national tragedy as well.
Date: Today, April 24
Time: 12:15 PM
Place: RAJ Conference Room
Have 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
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
Today at 4:30 in Axinn 229 acclaimed sociologist Jeffrey Alexander, Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale, will be presenting his research on cultural reactions to mass murders and the Holocaust. Alexander is perhaps best known for his work on the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns and political performance, and has made significant contributions to the fields of theory, culture, and politics. For those of us soc. nerds out there, this is a big deal event, a must see talk that has appeal that transcends the discipline. For those without a background in sociology, the talks promises to provide a deeper under-standing of how we have come to understand event like the Holocaust from one of the great social thinkers of our time. Make sure to get there early, the Axinn 229 will be packed.
When: Today, 4/20 at 4:30 PM
Where: Axinn 229
Veteran Democratic Party strategist, author, and political commentator Donna Brazile will be coming to Mead Chapel tomorrow at 7 PM. Brazile has been a powerful force in politics since the 1976 when she became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign, and has worked on every presidential campaign since. Currently, she sits as the Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, in addition to sitting on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. And with presidential season already heating up, we can expect to see more and more of her on CNN and ABC. Needless to say, it’s a pretty big deal to have Brazile on campus this week, so middbeat caught up with some of the organizers from the MCAB Speakers Committee to get the low down on the event. Big thanks to Ian Rhee ’15 and Nick Orr ’15 for their help organizing the event.
middbeat: Donna Brazile seems like a great choice for a speaker, especially now that presidential candidates for 2016 are starting to fill up the news. Could you elaborate on why you all chose her to come speak?
Ian Rhee ’15: When evaluating potential speakers, our committee really focused on finding individuals who could offer valuable insights on a relevant topic. With the Presidential election around the corner, we felt that bringing Ms. Brazile, the current Vice-Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and former campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000, was a logical choice. Additionally, we believe Ms. Brazile possesses not only the professional credentials, but also the charisma to really connect and engage with students on our campus.
I know there was a symposium hosted by the American Enterprise Institute earlier this semester on similar topics. What are some of the topics you’re expecting/hoping she’ll address in her talk?
Ms. Brazile will be giving a talk titled, “Political Outlook — A Comprehensive Picture of What’s Going on in Washington.” She will discuss the current political climate in Washington, as well as her experiences as an African American woman in politics. We believe her talk will interest a wide variety of students and we are extremely excited to see her at Middlebury!
You guys have brought a lot of great speakers this year. Could you give us a little retrospective on the other speakers this year? Are there any central themes that the speakers committee has tried to address in it choices?
I think a common misconception is that the MCAB Speakers Committee is behind many of the speakers you see at Middlebury. While the committee does invite “big speakers” like Donna Brazile and Mary Robinson (UN High Commissioner and former President of Ireland), most of the smaller speakers you see around campus are the result of hardworking and passionate student organizations. Our committee merely funds these fantastic events in the hopes of stimulating an atmosphere of academic curiosity and personal development.
This year alone we’ve teamed with student orgs to bring over twenty different speakers to campus. A few of these speakers include:
– Tom Szaky — CEO of TerraCycle Inc.
– Rosie Molinary — author and self-empowerment coach
– Dean Obedullah — Award winning comedian
– Roger White — artist and art critic
– Ta-Nehisi Coates — Senior editor for The Atlantic.
What are the details on the event? Where and when? Do we need tickets?
Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00pm in Mead Chapel. This is not a ticketed event and admission is free to the public!
Any final thoughts or information you’d like to share?
As of right now there looks to be enough time for Q&A so please come with questions!
Oh my gosh SO excited about this. We all know how amazing Vermont is, and today we can hear from someone who has found a way to share it with others! Today, Midd alum Chris Howell ‘4.5 will return to campus to discuss his business, Vermont Farm Tours. His company is a small culinary tour outfit offering guided driving and cycling tours, cheese making workshops, and on-farm events. From the event description:
Vermont Farm Tours aims to involve both locals and tourists in Vermont’s agricultural story, and more broadly—to explore place through food. In 2010 Chris received the Wild Gift Fellowship to launch his business: a 16-month program supporting better world entrepreneurs. Chris is currently the vice president of Slow Food Vermont and co-chairs Farm to Plate’s Consumer Education and Marketing Working Group and Agritourism Task Force.
Date: Today, April 17th
Place: Axinn 229
Cost: Free w/ PIZZA