Although I wasn’t able to make it to Cal Newport’s talk about the “cult of overwork” present in college life, I was fortunate enough to run into my buddy Hudson Cavanagh ’14who came back from Dana with two books in hand and glowing reviews. Hudson,in fact, was so stoked he agreed to write a recap and reflection on what sounds like a memorable evening. Dana was jam packed last night, and I doubt everyone shared the same opinion of Cal. However, as always, middbeat hopes to create some discussion about the event, and Hudson’s piece should serve as a good starting point:
I imagine many of the students who packed Dana last night were skeptical of Cal Newport’s claim that he might help us escape the “Cult of Overwork.” Personally, I was anxious that I might waste valuable thesis-procrastination time. To me, the whole idea sounded like a “get rich quick” scheme that might occupy an episode of Its Always Sunny. I almost tuned out when he tried to explain his concept in the form of a Cartesian plane…
Tonight in Dana, author and professor of computer science at Georgetown University Cal Newport will give a talk on “Escaping the Cult of Overwork.” Working too much seems an epidemic at Middlebury, and not a day goes by when someone doesn’t pass me by talking about how they are “totally freaking out about how much work I have” or “so stressed about the 17 interviews for summer internships I have tomorrow” or “I am literally going to drown in a sea of problem sets and lab work.” Such comments are so commonplace that they often replace “Hey, how are you?” for greetings, and if you aren’t on your sixth cup of coffee, 300th page, and 2nd essay for the day, you just might be slacking. Not to criticize, but the overwork often times works against us more than with us. In my mind, this is the second in a series of talks, following Courtney Martin’s “Perfect Girls,” encouraging Middlebury students to chill out a little bit. We have a high achieving college culture, and many will go on to be high achieving adults. There is nothing wrong with such high expectations for success, but success should not come at the detriment of well being. Especially amidst midterms, the cult of overwork seems to be in force, presenting the ideal timing for Cal Newport’s talk. Read on for more about the talk, and links to Cal’s blogs and writings. If the topic doesn’t interest you enough, the promise of refreshments should provide a little extra impetus.
Date: Monday, March 10th Time: 7 PM Place: Dana Auditorium
In a new series called “Outside The Bubble,” students will be able to share stories, anecdotes, and reflections from their time spent away from campus. Get in touch with us if you want to share a story!
The first post comes from Dan Barnes ’15, who Interned in Nosara, Costa Rica over this past J-Term.
My favorite beach in the Nosara area was playa Garza.
Calling all gals, women, ladies, and anyone who identifies as such, be sure to check out the Red Tent Event any time between 10 and 3 on Sunday at McCullough Social Space. It’s gonna be cray-cray. I hear there will be sex toys and chocolate.
One of our most talented artists, Levi Westerveld ’13.5, has shared with us another set of magnificent drawings. The Campus interviewed him in this weeks paper, and Middlebury Magazine did a while ago (with a video). Check out some of his other work here. Levi is a nice guy and he’d be glad to talk with about his artwork. Heres what we got emailed:
Celebrating the opening of “New Spaces, Same Identities,” an exhibit of charcoal and soft pastels portraits by Levi Westerveld ’15.5 depicting the faces of Chinese Migrant Workers. Portraits are accompanied by short biographies giving a historical and geographical context. The artist will give a short presentation and will be on hand to discuss his project. Light refreshment served. Sponsored by Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Chinese Department, The Chinese Society, and Vitality of the Artistic Community Association.
This Sunday will be the inaugaral Film Society Sundays screening of Noah Baumbach’s 1995 film Kicking and Screaming. Film Society Sundays will become a weekly installment for those interested in seeing movies on the big screen not shown on Free Friday Films or in the Hirschfield Film Series. A new, unaffiliated group on campus, this Sunday hopes to gauge interest for those interested in screening, discussing, and enjoying films in an intimate, informal community setting. If this concept interests you, please email middbeat[AT]gmail[DOT]com, and join us in Axinn 232 at 7 PM on Sunday. See after the jump for more information about the film.
CALLING ALL MEN (and women interested in discussing masculinity). As part of a new initiative to promote the idea of positive masculinity, The College has enlisted students’ help to create some new programming. There has a lot of talk about women’s issues lately, which is fantastic. Tonight is an opportunity to have an often overlooked conversation about what it means to be a man here at Middlebury, a conversation that can surely take many forms.Student organizer Mzwakithi “Prestige” Shongwe ’16 writes in about tonight’s event:
As part of Middlebury College’s initiative to foster a dialogue
about positive masculinity on campus and beyond, we are setting up a
Brother to Brother mentorship program for middle school boys.
Brother-to-Brother college participants will organize a boy’s summit
at the end of the spring semester to explore, acknowledge and
challenge expectations about what it means to be a “man” in today’s
world. We are looking for male-identified students who enjoy
interacting with young boys and engaging them in entertaining and
There will be an information session in Hillcrest 103 (the Orchard) tonight at 5:30 for those interested.
What: Brother to Brother Information session When: Tonight, 5:30 PM Where: Hillcrest 103 (The Orchard)
If you haven’t heard, Atwater Dining Hall becomes a student-run restaurant on three Friday evenings each Month. The Head Chef of Dolci this week is Tony Shu ’14, bringing us a gourmet New York themed meal FOR FREE.
As you can imagine, there are a limited number of tickets available so getting on is very competitive. To enter the ticket lottery, sign up online tonight at 9 pm sharp. To clarify, tickets are available tonight, the dinner itself is FRIDAY.
From the organizers: If you sign up within the first 2 minutes your name will be entered into a lottery. If you get tickets, you will hear from us with 24 hours. If not, better luck next time. Remember that if you get tickets, they must be used – it’s really not fun to leave seat empty.
From me: Perfect opportunity for a first date. Low pressure situation, free, delicious, and memorable. If you are lucky enough to get tickets, you’ll get two!
UPDATE: We have a drumset and a fancy board set up. If you are in a band and want to play this would be a good time to come.
Don’t forget to come to the Gamut Room tonight at 9pm for another night of open mic performances and delicious food. If you haven’t heard by now, the WOMP packs some serious heat. Last week, in addition to the sultry sounds of Milk Chocolate, over 18 performers stepped up to the mic to share their talents. So make sure you stop by, eat a crepe and check out some live music, stand up comedy, spoken word and more!
This week features a performance by the mythological rock gods Icarus and the Wax Wings.
Be prepared for special guests.
Also shout out to Maxim Eingorn ’14 - its his 22nd birthday.