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


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

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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

Sign up for JusTalks


sign up at go/justalks!

sign up at go/justalks!

If you are a freshman, sophomore feb, new exchange student or new transfer student (aka spending your first j-term on campus this year), SIGN UP FOR JUSTALKS!

It is a fantastic one day event during J-Term 2015, where you will get to engage in meaningful conversations about life at Middlebury, meet new people and learn lots of cool stuff!

The deadline for sign-ups has been extended, so if you couldn’t sign up so far, DO IT NOW!

Flying Lotus Concert in Burlington

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This Saturday Oct. 18th Flying Lotus is coming to Burlington to play at Higher Ground. We know Middlebury is getting charged for the homecoming festivities, but if you can slice some time out tomorrow night Flying Lotus is an act that you don’t want to miss.

For those who aren’t familiar Steven Ellison (a.k.a Flying Lotus) is an experimental eletronic music producer and rapper from LA. He has repeatedly come out with award winning and chart topping tunes  since his debut in 2006, and is now one of the most prominent artist at Warp label. (He also produced the entire ‘radio station’ for the Grand Theft Auto V).

You can check out his most recent single ft. Kendrick Lamar from his new album “You’re Dead” here

When: Oct 18th 8.00pm
Where: Higher ground Burlington
Price: 25$ advance 27$ at the door

P.S. Thundercat is opening. Check out his work here

Middlebury Skateboard Park Meeting

With rolling mountain ranges to hike, sprawling forests to explore, lakes and rivers to play in, and countless boulders to climb, Vermont is a fine and dandy place for people who enjoy recreating in the outdoors. For some sports however, Vermont is less known for its hospitality. Growing up in the greater Boston area, without an expanse of wilderness a 15 minute drive away, I spent much of my youth skateboarding in the concrete playground that surrounded my suburban home. But now, living up in this resplendently rural state, opportunities for skateboarding are much more limited. Although Middelbury campus has a number of nice marble ledges to grind on (not that type of grinding, Atwater!) some fairly decent sets of stairs, and relatively smooth walkways to push on, it is nonetheless a fact that the town itself does not posses a single designated area for those interested in skateboarding to enjoy their craft.

The town of Middlebury, however, has plans to change this fact. This Saturday, from 11 am to 12 pm, Middelbury Parks and Rec and members of the community are holding a meeting to discuss the plans to build a new skatepark in the town. For anyone in the college community interested in skateboarding, design, fundraising, public planning, or community engagement, let it be known that the invitation to attend this meeting has been extended–come by and add your voice to the conversation! This would be a nice addition to the town and could provide an additional source of entertainment that not a lot of other small liberal arts colleges have access to (Amherst doesn’t have one). So get hyped, get gnarly! Break a bone or two, and then stomp a kick flip! Live out your early two-thousands Tony Hawk pro-skater dreams!  But first, before any of that, make sure to come to this meeting!

When: Tomorrow (Sat) 11am-12pm
Where: Ilsley Public Library Conference room
Cost: Free


Alcohol Policy at Stanford and Middlebury: Which Approach is Right?


The most recent spark in the alcohol policy debate comes not from Middlebury, but from across the country at Stanford University where Miriam Pollock recently published an editorial comparing Middlebury and Stanford’s alcohol policy.  An incredibly well-written, and insightful piece, Pollock’s perspective casts new light on the different approaches collegiate institutions can take in addressing alcohol consumption.  What follows is a re-posting of the Stanford Review piece.  Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below.  Credit is due to Miriam Pollock and the Stanford Review.

Students file into the stands above Youngman Field, decked out in white and blue. The visiting team scores a quick touchdown, dampening the crowd’s spirits. But soon thereafter, quarterback Matt Milano launches an eighty-yard drive that ends in a dramatic touchdown. The students and alumni in the stadium go wild.

Meanwhile, a junior, removed from the action of the game, stumbles across Route 30 into the woods and unloads his lunch. He can barely walk. The junior had drunk heavily at the pre-football game tailgate. A Public Safety officer spots the student and determines he needs to be transported to the hospital. The student is sent to the hospital and safely recovers from his alcohol poisoning. Subsequently, he will receive both punishment and counseling.

The scene should be familiar to anyone who has attended a college football game: some students go too crazy at the tailgates, endangering themselves and others. Often, they will never even make it to the game. This scenario — with a different stadium, different quarterback, and different students — could play out almost anywhere in the US. But in this case the specific game took place at Middlebury College, a small liberal arts school in Vermont.

Understandably, the Middlebury administration — like many college administrations across the country — wants to reduce incidents of binge drinking at tailgates. And so, on September 16th of this year, Erin Quinn, Director of Athletics, announced a new policy. Alcohol was completely prohibited at tailgates, even for those 21 and over. (“Loud” music was also banned, causing students to question whether the policy was meant to protect them or to prevent them from having fun.)

While ensuring students remain safe is a laudable goal, this misguided policy is unlikely to accomplish that. In fact, this policy may even encourage binge drinking. Furthermore, it impinges on student freedom. Contrast all this with Stanford University, which has a far more relaxed alcohol policy. Residential staff champion an “open-door” policy. Students are encouraged to drink with their doors open; in turn, Residence Assistants (RAs) promise only to intervene if students’ safety is at risk. Is Stanford’s model more effective at keeping students safe? Which is right — the zero-tolerance approach, or Stanford’s more tolerant one?

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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