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

Granite Stoke Surf Movie Saturday

Tomorrow evening at 5 PM, Ryan Scura ’11 will be screening his film Granite Stoke in Axinn 232.  Granite Stoke focuses on the vibrant surfing culture on New Hampshire’s 18 miles of coastline, and thus far has been an official selection at the London Surf/Film Festival, the New Hampshire Film Festival, and the Honolulu Film Festival just to name a few.  Ryan and lifelong buddy Dylan Ladds have been making films together since middle school, and have struck gold with Granite Stoke which, according to the London Surf/Film Festival review board, “captures the very essence of surfing and what makes the friends we meet through it so special.”  Weaving surfing footage with the story of a tight knit community, the film should be a real treat.  Ryan will stick around after the screening for a Q & A.  The event is co-sponsored by the Programs in Creativity and Innovation and the Film and Media Culture Department.

When: Saturday, 5 PM
Where: Axinn 232
Cost: Free

Free Films Friday and Saturday

AFFLUENZA, the latest film written by Midd Alum Antonio Macia ’00 (HOLY ROLLERS and ANNE B. REAL), is a deftly observed coming-of-age story about an impressionable young man entangled in a world of unlimited wealth and privilege, set against the looming 2008 financial crisis.

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Place: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free

See after the jump for the Hirschfield Series feature the Selfish Giant.

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Fall Harvest Festival: Saturday at the Organic Farm

Come enjoy an afternoon of autumnal festivities at the Organic Farm this Saturday!

Come enjoy an afternoon of autumnal festivities at the Organic Farm this Saturday!

Jake Faber ’16.5 writes in with this really cool weekend event:

Come down to the farm tomorrow between 3:00 and 7:00 for our fall garlic planting ceremony and harvest festival! We’ll start be planting next year’s crop of garlic (weather permitting), followed by a bonfire, potluck dinner, firing of the new cob oven (expect pizza with farm veggies!), and music performances.

If anyone wants to make food for the potluck, MCOF can purchase ingredients/supply produce from the farm as available. Email us at to let us know what you want to make and how much of what ingredients you need!

It’s BYOPAU, so bring your own plates and utensils! Can’t wait to see you all.

Organic Farm

When: Today 3-7 PM
Where: Organic Garden down past Ridgeline
Cost: Plates and Utensils