Amnesty International: Silent March against Police Brutality on Campus

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Today Wednesday 22nd October in commemoration of the National Day to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, a silent march will be held on campus for the purpose of both bringing awareness, and standing in solidarity with those directly and indirectly afflicted by the consequences of police brutality.

The march will begin at 5.30 pm outside Ross dining hall and will follow down College Street, crossing over to Warner, passing through Davis Family library and up to Mead Chapel, with occasional stops where organizers will read biographies or pieces about subjects of police brutraity. The march is scheduled to end in front of Mead Chapel at around 6.30 pm. Marchers will be wearing all black (extra black shirts will be provided for those who don’t possess one).

If you would like to make your own posters/signs, the Crest Room at McCullough will be open from 2-5 PM and there will supplies provided (markers, pencils, paper, etc.). You are welcome to show up anytime. A group of students will convene at Crest Room at 4:30 PM to discuss logistics for the day and make posters. Led candles will also be available.

Please join in and support a cause that has become very prominent these past few years with police shootings and the increasing militarization putting into question the role and context of our policing forces. for more information click here

The march is hosted by DMC, Women of Color, Alianza, and Amnesty International.

When: Today Wednesday 22nd October 5.30 pm
Where: starts outside Ross dining Hall

We hope to see you all there! Take a stance, and make change, Middlebury.



Meet the Press Presents: Jay Allison, Executive Producer of The Moth (This is a Big Deal)

jay_allisonPublic radio junkies, unite! If you listen to the Moth podcast while working out, can hum the “All Things Considered” theme song from memory, or consider Ira Glass to be your hero, you’ll definitely want to check out Thursdy’s Meet the Press talk by Jay Allison, executive producer of The Moth Radio Hour and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). A six-time Peabody Award winner and storyteller extraordinaire, Allison also founded the very cool website and was the mastermind behind, and the voice of, This I Believe. If you haven’t heard of Jay Allison, trust us, you probably should look him up and definitely be at this talk. To say it bluntly: Allison is a really fuckin big deal. 

Basically, Allison is universally understood to be the best and most innovative radio producer working today, and maybe ever. If you’ve been to Middlebury’s “The Moth,” you might not have realized that it’s not just a “Midd” thing, rather it’s a spin off of an incredibly successful program run by NPR, and started by Allison. Along with Moth, PRX, and This I Believe, Jay also runs a public radio station in Woods Hole, MA where a number of recent Middlebury media stars cut their teeth, including Sarah Harris, now a public radio reporter, Bianca Giaever, now at This American Life, and Andrew Forsthoefel, whose This American Life piece about walking across the country will soon be published as book.

At the Meet The Press talk (an awesome series that brings media and journalist professionals to campus), Jay is going to play some of his favorite pieces, include some from Midd grads, and will answer questions about radio, podcasting, journalism and life. If you’re remotely interested in any of these professions, it’d be a complete shame to miss this event.

Jay will also be telling a story at this Friday’s first Cocoon event, a more formal spin-off of The Moth, tickets are available at go/boxoffice.

What: Meet the Press Talk with Jay Allison
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 4:30 – 6pm
Place: McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220
Cost: Free

DIY Conference Application Deadline Extension

The Rohatyn Center Student Advisory Board will be hosting its second annual Global Affairs Conference this spring semester from February 19-20, and we are seeking student proposals for conference topics. This conference represents an exciting opportunity for students to bring their passions, questions, and interests to the forefront of community dialogue, and to organize engaging and thoughtful programming with a generous $5,000 budget. The conference topics should be globally relevant, accessible to the Middlebury campus, and diverse in geographic and disciplinary perspectives. For more information, and to submit your proposal, visit go/diyconference. We have extend the deadline to October 31st.


We very much look forward to reviewing your submissions, and should you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to

Midd Geographic Now Accepting Submissions

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Midd’s premier student-run publication for independent research, travel, and cartography Middlebury Geographic, is now accepting submissions for its fall issue.  Middlebury Geographic is designed to capture and celebrate the stories, independent research, and worldwide initiatives of the Middlebury College student body. Middlebury Geographic attempts to reflect and reinforce the college’s tradition of international awareness, diversity and critical inquiry.

Inspired by the widely circulated National Geographic and J.B. Jackson’s Landscape magazine, Middlebury Geographic combines quality journalism with narrative photography and creative cartography, in attempt to present geographic concepts to the “intelligent layman,” rather than the specialist. Since established in the Spring of 2009, Middlebury Geographic has continued to publish two issues every academic year.  Check out past issues here.

If you are interested in writing a short or long piece, or submitting photography or maps, send them on over to mgATmiddleburyDOTedu.  Submissions are due by Halloween.  Big thanks to Lillie Hodges & Anthea Viragh ’15 for the tip and for organizing this year’s publications.

Thursday: NER Vermont Reading Series


Come spend a relaxing evening at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café tomorrow and listen to some great Vermont authors read from their recent works. The NER Vermont Reading Series presents a fall evening with three Vermont writers: Emily Arnason Casey, Kathryn Davis, and Diana Whitney.

Emily Arnason Casey’s writing has appeared in Mid-American Review, Sonora Review, the anthology Please Do Not Remove, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the 2014 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize. She earned an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches writing at the Community College of Vermont. An editor at the online journal Atlas & Alice, Emily lives in Burlington with her husband and two sons, and is working on a collection of essays about loss and longing.

Kathryn Davis is the author of seven novels: Labrador, The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, Hell, The Walking Tour, Versailles, The Thin Place, and Duplex (Graywolf, 2013). She has been the recipient of the Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2006 Lannan Award for Fiction. She lives in Vermont and is Hurst Senior Writer-in-Residence in the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Diana Whitney’s first book of poetry, Wanting It, was released in August 2014 by Harbor Mountain Press. Her essays and poems have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Crab Orchard Review, Puerto del Sol, Numéro Cinq, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and elsewhere. She graduated from Dartmouth College and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and attended the Warren Wilson College MFA Program. A yoga instructor and lifelong athlete, Diana lives in Brattleboro with her family.

Date: Thursday, October 23rd
Time: 7 – 8:30pm
Carol’s Hungry Mind Café (24 Merchants Row, Middlebury VT)

Sistah Vegan: On Ferguson, Thug Kitchen, and Trayvon Martin: Intersections of [Post]Race-Consciousness, Food Justice, and Hip Hop Vegan Ethics TONIGHT


Tonight features the second speaker of EatReal’s Fall Symposium “Food [In]Justice in the 21st Century,” Dr. Breeze Harper aka Sistah Vegan. Charles Griggs ’16 writes in:

Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper discusses her new book project that focuses on critical race and black feminist perspective on black male vegan activists using hip hop methodologies to teach about veganism and other intersectional issues such as decolonizing the diet, being ‘race-conscious’, and using gardening to combat the prison to pipeline phenomenon.

In fewer words, Sistah Vegan’s a badass feminist looking at how hip hop can address food justice. Following hot on the heels of today’s Silent March Against Police Brutality, making for a intriguing stretch of the ever prevalent campus dialogue on justice.  Sistah Vegan will be speaking in Mead Chapel at 7:30.  See here for more information about EatReal’s fall symposium.

When: Tonight 7:30
Where: Mead Chapel
Cost: free

WOMP Tonight

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Come out to the Wednesday Open Mic Party tonight if you have the Wednesday Blues. The past two weeks have been our best so far, so tonight can only get better with Will Cuneo headlining. You wouldn’t want to miss this perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy some music, or even get up on stage and show everyone your beautiful musical abilities.

When: TONIGHT 9pm
Where: Gamut Room
Cost: None

WRMC presents: Grooveyard 2014 feat. Big Freedia


With Ron Liebowitz departing our dear college following this academic year, it is widely acknowledged the school will face a staggering drop in twerking. Fear not, Middleburians, for WRMC has just announced that Big Freediaworld record-holding twerkerQueen of Bounce and transcendent being of light will be headlining their annual fall concertGrooveyard, on Friday, November 7 in the Bunker. Big Freedia is kind of like DJ Mustard if he were a post-gender intergalactic twerking warrior who does battle in New Orleans dance clubs. By that we mean Big Freedia is nothing like DJ Mustard, but that the concert will be an insane experience that has never happened before and may never happen again on this campus. Seriously. This concert is history in the making and you don’t want to miss out. As Freedia once said, “Free your azzzzzz and your mind will follow.

In the spirit of Big Freedia’s credo, WRMC will also host a community discussion regarding how we can be mindful consumers of art and music in our pluralistic society. Join us in addressing the history of New Orleans bounce music, twerking, cultural appropriation within the music industry, preferred pronouns, and the politics of identity. Some of the school’s heavy-weights—students and professors alike—will be there so that, before deciding to twerk for possibly the last time at Midd, Ron Liebowitz can be fully aware of the cultural implications, origins, and forms of institutional power surrounding his booty-shaking. More details to follow! The official facebook event can be found here.

Check out more Big Freedia below: 

For inquiries or comments feel free to contact the WRMC Concert Chairs Charlie Dulik and Aaron Slater.

~Free Your Mind~

Cost: $5 (tickets will go on sale a week before show time)
Where: The Bunker
When: Friday, November 7, 9:30 p.m.

The War On Poverty: 1964-2014 Panel Discussion


This afternoon at 4:30 in BiHall 220, Professor of Religion and Privilege and Poverty Faculty Director James Davis will mediate a panel discussion regarding the implementation and legacy of President Lyndon Bain Johnson’s seminal War on Poverty legislation.  Panelists include Middlebury Professors Peggy Nelson of Sociology and Jim Ralph of American History, and visiting Professor Tim Diette, an Economics Professor from Washington and Lee University’s Shepherd Poverty Program.  Discussion points will explore contemporary and historical debates over economic inequality, and governmental responsibility in addressing issues of poverty in the United States.  The discussion is the brainchild of the Privilege and Poverty Program, with additional support from Sociology and Anthropology, Religion, Community Engagement, and the Academic Enrichment Fund.  Hope to see you there.

When: Today 4:30 PM
Where: BiHall 220
Cost: Free


Food [In]Justice in the 21st Century: A Symposium

cropped-logo-rectangleHeyyyyo Midd friends! As a campus of food enthusiasts this year’s MCAB fall symposium, hosted by EatReal, is a great opportunity for us to get more involved in food movements on campus and in Vermont! The symposium focuses on food justice and injustice on local, national, and international scales. Highlighting the social and political implications of food production and consumption and also exploring how class, gender, and race are intrinsically linked to our present food system. Numerous lectures and workshops will help us to critically examine how policy and activism can address food security and access, creating a more socially just food system for all. Here is the schedule for the week and if you have any more questions check out go/eatreal!

Tuesday, October 21st
4:30-6pm, Axinn 100: Workshop on building the voice and power of migrant farmworkers
7:30-9pm, Wilson Hall: Keynote Speaker: Eric Holt-Gimenéz on Food Regimes and Movements: Time for Transformation

Wednesday, October 22nd
7:30-9pm, Mead Chapel
Dr. A. Breeze Harper aka Sistah Vegan on Ferguson, Thug Kitchen, & Trayvon Martib: Intersections of [Post] Race Consciousness Food Justice, and Hip Hop Vegan Ethics

Thursday, October 23rd
4:30-6:00 pm, Hillcrest 103: Hunger Free Vermont (Hunger 101)

Friday, October 24th