Did you know…
Over 884 million people across the world lack access to an improved water supply.
Approximately 2.5 million children die each year from waterborne diseases.
In Africa, approximately 700,000 people die each year from these preventable waterborne diseases.
Looking for a summer plan? An exciting alternative to the behind-the-desk internship or ice cream scooping gig? Tonight, there will be an info session for the Summer Fellowship with Community Water Solutions with Middlebury CWS Fellow Alums in Hillcrest at 4:30, which we highly suggest you attend. Community Water Solutions is an incredible non-profit based in Western Africa, co-founded by Kate Clopeck, a MIT graduate and former rocket science who visited Midd for the at the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship speaker series last year. Community Water Solutions addresses the extremely severe clean water crisis in Western Africa and empowers women to launch sustainable water businesses. CWS does not drill wells but instead brings students and young professionals from around the world to West Africa (Ghana) where they build water treatment centers and train local women to run them. These businesses provide safe drinking water to the entire community, generate income for the women entrepreneurs who run them, and use local products. To date, CWS has launched 60 water businesses in Ghana that provide clean water to almost 35,000 people. 100% of our businesses are still in operation today.
The CWS model is based on two components:
- They use low-cost, community-scale water treatment and household safe storage solutions to ensure that the water stays safe and clean while users transport it and store it in their homes.
- They use a hands-on approach to engaging communities as owners, operators and customers to ensure comprehensive community access to safe water, sustained use and lasting social change.
The four week CWS Summer Fellowship in Ghana has run successfully since the Summer of 2010 – many Middlebury students have participated in the fellowship, including myself, Leah Fessler ’15 and Hudson Cavanaugh ’14, with whom I will host the info session tonight. The CWS Fellowship Program is a “water education and leadership training experience in Northern Region Ghana with the purpose of teaching individuals about the global water crisis, and inspiring them to become leaders in the field of international development.” I participated in the Fellowship the summer after my freshman year, and can vouch that it was one of the most fullfilling, unique and educational experiences I have ever had. Read more about the Fellowship beyond the click.
Didn’t know about this event till 5 minutes ago but I’m going to try to make it. What a name for a lecture… Its happening in 30 minutes, so..
Bettina Judd is an Assistant Professor at Mt. Holyoke College. Her website has a different projects listed with some information about them. Some snippets:
-“Feelin’ Feminism: Black Women’s Art as Feminist Thought” is a project in academic prose that explores the feminist dimensions of feeling, emotion, and experience in Black women’s art. It contends that the systems of racism, sexism, and homophobia are felt in the body, mind, and spirit and that resistance to these systems must be felt as well.
-I developed patient. from a series of watercolors that I was working on in the healing process of a surgery where my left ovary had to be removed. These water-colors were influenced by the work of artists in the service of science and medicine who painted portraits of Native American and African peoples, and bisected women’s torsos for the purpose of study.
When: 1230 – 130 pm.
Where: Axinn 229.
The talk is called Picturing the World: American Pictorial Maps, 1920-1960 and is presented byStephen Hornsby Professor of Geography and Canadian Studies at the University of Maine.
Hornsby recently presented this paper at the AAG with this as the abstract:
This paper has three aims: first, to survey and account for the remarkable upsurge in popular cartography in the United States in the early twentieth century, which culminated in a uniquely American way of depicting the globe during the Second World War; second, to challenge the prevailing association between power and maps that has dominated the history of cartography for the past two decades; and finally, to argue that our current ideas about what a map is needs to be radically reconsidered in light of American populist cartography.
When: Today 4:30pm
Where: Bihall 104
So now you know that it’s happening. Professor Anne Knowles says: What you may not know is that pictorial maps are full of surprises, wit, cultural significance, and historical meaning. The maps themselves are amazing.
(if you liked that map check it out in high quality)
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
Wonnacott Commons Council will be hosting this year’s “Midd’s Got Talent” this Saturday. Sign up at go/MiddTalent and read on for more detes:
Ross Dining Becomes a Casino tonight. See the facebook event for details and get your tickets now.
Date: Tonight, March 7
Time: 10p, – 2am
Place: Ross Dining Hall
Cost: $5 in advance, $10 at the door
21+ bring two forms of ID
The Mountain Club invites ALL to come out to Brooker House tonight at 7 pm for a homecooked meal, music, and conversation around the fireplace with the Middlebury Mountain Club! Come in from the cold and warm up with real food! Bring friends and your own proctor bowl and we will see you at 7!! All are Welcome!
When: Tonight at 7pm
Cost: Nothing but bring your own bowl
Why: friends, music, fireplace
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.
Where: RAJ Conference room
When: Tonight, 3/7, opening at 8pm.
This Saturday, the Hirschfield International Film Series will be screening the Goro and Hayao Miyazaki‘s father-son collaborative 2011 Studio Ghibli release “From Up on Poppy Hill.” For those of you as bummed as I was that Miyazaki’s purported final movie “The Wind Rises” didn’t get the Academy Award this past Sunday, the screening Saturday will be a great consolation prize and memento of one of the most creative minds in animated film. Raised on Pixar, I didn’t start watching Miyazaki movies until recently, and although I remain impressed by Pixar’s 3D animation style, Miyazaki creates magic in a way untouched by any of his contemporaries, portraying nostalgic wonder like no other animator of our time. There will be a 3 PM matinee for those looking to for a break from Chilifest, and another screening at 8 PM. Both screenings will be in Dana. See here for the full schedule of upcoming screenings in the Hirschfield Series, and after the jump for a short blurb on the film:
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.
Date: Sunday, March 9
Time: 7 PM
Where: Axinn 232