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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.



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.

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

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


Middlebrow Improv Comedy, Tonight!


Middlebrow will be having their second improv comedy show of the semester TONIGHT, at 10 o’clock in the Pearsons Lounge.  The show will be featuring a surprise special guest, in addition to showcasing the group’s newest member, Will “Dollar Bill” Lupica ’18.

The group’s first show of this semester was roundly regarded as the group’s best show so far this semester, so tension will be high all around to see if the Browmen can top it.  Josh Brosnan ’16 declined to comment for this story, but sources close to him say that the Massachusetts native has become withdrawn and agitated in recent days.  Charlotte Michaelcheck ’15 would only say, “This is MORE than comedy!  This is our livelihood!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to make a sweater for my chinchilla out of my own hair.”  Ms. Michaelcheck’s rapidly thinning hair will be just one of many hilarious things on stage tonight.

Where: Pearsons
When: 10PM
Cost: Same as always

Room 404 Presents: “The Contemporaries: Art-making in 21st Century America” Talk by Roger White, Artist and Art Critic



Love the quirky art, writing, and creative design in Middlebury’s alternative literary/arts publication Room 404? If so, be sure to check out Room 404‘s first ever speaker series event this afternoon! Room 404 is bringing Roger White to campus, an extremely talented contemporary artist and art critic described as follows:

Roger White is a painter and writer who splits his time between Middlebury, VT and Brooklyn, NY. His work is represented by the Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York, and he has exhibited paintings in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Tokyo. He co-founded the acclaimed Brooklyn-based art journal Paper Monument, an affiliate of n+1. He teaches part-time at RISD.

Roger’s talk will relate to his forthcoming book, The Contemporaries, which explores the ins and outs of American art-making in 21st century. He will focus on three aspects of the contemporary art world: the culture of graduate school art programs; the role of the artist’s assistant, which blurs the line between merely “assisting” and actually making art; and the importance of small arts communities that exist outside New York and other major urban centers of art commerce.

He will draw on personal experience with contemporary painting, with the changing landscape of publishing, and with bridging the gap between the roles of artist and art critic.

Date: Today, October 21
Time: 4:30-6:30
Place: Johnson 304
fo free

To learn more about Room 404, read beyond the jump Continue reading

TODAY: Saha Global Leadership Program Virtual Info Session

Did you know: 
780 million people around the world lack access to safe drinking water.

 Water-related diseases, like diarrhea, dysentery and cholera, kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
The most vulnerable population are children under the age of five.
Globally, 1.3 billion people, over 18% of the world’s population, live without electricity.

That’s where Saha Global comes in:
38,108 people served
100% sustainability rate

Saha Global is an incredible non-profit based in Northern Ghana, looking for students and young professionals who:
  • Are passionate about international social justice, environmental sustainability and public health
  • Are peer leaders looking to build project management skills
  • Looking for a unique experience Northern Region, Ghana
  • Can help a rural community solve its water or electricity needs by starting a small business

Sound like you? If so, be sure to Join Kate Clopeck, Saha’s Co-Founder and Executive Director for a virtual info session on October 20th at 5pm and learn how you can make a sustainable impact during your winter or summer break by participating in their three-week Global Leadership Program in Ghana. Register for the online info session here! Read on for more info about Saha Global:

Saha Global empowers women in rural communities in northern Ghana to solve their village’s need for clean water and electricity by providing business opportunities. They do this by bringing leaders from around the world to Ghana through our Global Leadership Program where they train local women to launch profitable social enterprises such as sustainable pure water and solar energy businesses. All of the revenue from these businesses stays in the community and is managed by the women entrepreneurs. To date, Saha Global has launched 71 clean water businesses and 5 solar electricity businesses, which empower 164 women entrepreneurs who serve 38,108 people. 100% of these businesses are still in operation today.

The three week Saha Global Leadership Program in Ghana has run successfully since the Summer of 2010, and over 10 Midd students have participated. The Saha site explains the program as follows:

Young leaders who participate in Saha’s three-week Global Leadership Program will be trained to become Saha Field Representatives. Before traveling abroad, they will fundraise to cover the start-up materials needed for each community business, as well as their in-country travel expenses. Once in Ghana, they will participate in a vigorous and comprehensive training program designed and led by our Saha Global team. Groups of four will be partnered with a rural community in which they will first introduce the business concept and its particular health, social and economic benefits, and then train local women to launch either a clean water or solar business.

By the end of the three-week program, these businesses will be up and running and the women entrepreneurs will be fully in charge of all operations. Our Saha Global team will then monitor the business for the next 5 years to ensure long-term success.

For more information about Saha Global, read their story hereSaha is currently accepting applications for 2015 Winter Global Leadership Program, which takes place in Ghana from December 28th – January 20th (J-TERM), as well as their summer 2015 program. Don’t miss the online info session today! All are welcome. 

What: Virtual Info Session for Saha Global
Date: Today, October 20
Time: 5 – 6pm
Place: Online, register here

Leland Person ’69: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Huckleberry Finn, and the Psychology of Lynching”


Midd alum and Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Leland Person ’69 will be lecturing on the construction of lynching in 19th century American literature today at 4:30 in Axinn 109.  Mari Price writes in:

Leland Person will give a talk entitled, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Huckleberry Finn, and the Psychology of Lynching.” Professor Person is the author or editor of several books and is a full professor of English at the University of Cincinnati who works on 19th-century American literature, gender and sexuality, and literature and the environment. This talk involves research from his next book, tentatively entitled, “Writing White, Writing Black,” and explores the racial, social, and psychological underpinnings of spectacle lynching as represented in American literature.

A former undergraduate at Middlebury College, Leland Person was elected to alumni membership PBK in May and will be receiving his certificate at the talk.

When: Today 4:30-6
Where: Axinn 109
Cost: Free