Current Events and Programming

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October 26, 2017 Wilson Hall 7:00pm Jim Grimsley will be joining us again along with 3 former classmates from the 6th grade.

This time the title of the event is "How I Shed My Skin: Fifty Years Later"

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Watch Jim Grimsley, prolific author and playwright, and professor of practice at Emory University, speak before a gathering of students, faculty, and staff at Dana Auditorium on October 27 about his 2015 memoir, How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood.

Past Events and Programming

Roger Guenveur Smith performs “Rodney King”

September 30 and October 1

Mahaney Center for the Arts

This powerful solo theatre work is a mix of spoken word poetry, strong monologue, urban styling, and actual broadcast media clips that tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King, caught in the glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality that ignited the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Smith offers a meditation on a flawed, good-hearted man and reveals America’s endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present. Both performances will be followed by a Q&A session.

The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change

Monday, October 10, 4:30 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Thomas Keith, USA, 2015, 70 mins.)

Film screening and Q&A with filmmaker Thomas Keith

In his new documentary, Thomas Keith looks closely at the ways sexist and misogynistic messages in American culture short-circuit men’s ability to empathize with women and respect them as equals, undercutting their innate capacity for caring and empathy. Along the way, he draws fascinating parallels between sexism and racism, spelling out how each is rooted in cultural norms that discourage empathy, and shows how men who break with these norms live happier and healthier lives.

Pizza dinner with filmmaker at 6 p.m. at Chellis House to follow screening. Please join us!

From Middlebury to the ACLU: two alums discuss their work as civil rights layers and advocates

Monday, October 10, 4:30 p.m - 6:15 p.m., Wilson Hall

Dennis Parker (Class of 1977 and Trustee), and Lee Rowland (Class of 2002), both attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in New York, will discuss how they became public interest attorneys. They will also describe their day-to-day work at the ACLU in particular their efforts to advance the Racial Justice Program (Dennis) and the Speech, Privacy & Technology Project (Lee). Finally, they will share their views on the current debates in higher education over safe spaces, trigger warnings, racial justice, and free speech.

Carolyn Finney

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m., MBH 216 

Radical Presence: Black Faces, White Spaces and Other Stories of Possibility

In her recently published book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors (UNC Press), Carolyn explores the complexities and contradictions of the African American environmental relationship. Drawing on “green” conversations with black people from around the country, Carolyn considers the power of resistance and resilience in the emergence of creative responses to environmental and social challenges in our cities and beyond. Using imagination and a little true grit, these individuals challenge us to see differently and do differently in our changing world.

East LA Interchange film screening & discussion

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

Director Betsy Kallin will screen and discuss her documentary that follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, from multiethnic to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the U.S. The film shows how this neighborhood survived the construction of the largest freeway system in North America that threatened to destroy their proud community, and now faces the threat of gentrification.

Jim Grimsley

Thursday, October 27, 7:30 p.m - 9:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

Jim Grimsley is an award winning novelist and playwright who will be speaking on dismantling racism. His most recent book is a memoir about the years of school desegregation in North Carolina, How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood.

The Antigone Project

October 27-30, 7:30 p.m - 9:30 p.m., Mahaney Center for Arts, Seeler Studio Theater

Richard Romagnoli directs this prologue and five short plays, four of which were written by women playwrights of color. Each takes a spin on the original Greek tragedy about a young woman who defies the state to uphold a religious principle—the unwritten law of the gods—condemning herself to death. Not tragedies in the classical sense, these contemporary plays are sometimes broadly comical, serious, and warmly human.

Shaun King

Tuesday, November 1

Noted writer and civil rights activist, Shaun King, is the senior justice writer for the New York Daily News and is best known for his use of social media to promote religious, charitable, and social causes, most prominently including the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Relations of ‘Disrepair’: Crip Entanglements of Race, Madness and Cultural Trauma”

Thursday, November 3

Dr. Michelle Jarman engages with contemporary literature, memoir and public discourse to analyze the troubling and enduring representational entanglements of madness, trauma, and constructions of blackness and whiteness. Against the backdrop of racialized police violence, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, and increasingly divisive racial discourse in national politics, this presentation engages with contemporary African American and emerging “crip” fiction and memoir to trace the ways racialized constructs of disability, madness (often coded as violence and criminality), and legacies of trauma interconnect with renewed demands for racial justice.

Deadline to Apply for JusTalks Winter Term Course

October 1

This class will focus on the theory and practice of dialogues and forms of conversation that create the conditions for genuine and complex interactions. The course will focus on aspects of identity including race, class, gender, ability, and sexual identity. In addition, students in the course will learn facilitation skills, plan and participate in the JusTalks one-day events for first-year students, and engage in contemplative practices as an integral component of the work. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

AIM Inaugural Spring Symposium

May 6–7, 2016

Activists, Allies, and Accomplices: Responses to Racism Today
(Featuring Keynote speakers, Rinku Sen and Rashawn Ray)

New Anderson Freeman Resource Center Offers Support for Underrepresented Students

Saturday, January 16
2:30 p.m.
Carr Hall

In a short ceremony, Middlebury will dedicate its new intercultural center focused on serving the needs of students from traditionally underrepresented groups. The Anderson Freeman Resource Center, located in Carr Hall, will offer a broad range of services from library reference help to counseling hours as well as providing a computer lab, a meditation room, study rooms, and social spaces.

MLK Events Feature Keynote by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Friday, January 15
7 p.m.
Mead Chapel

Kimberlé Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, will give the keynote address for the Anderson Freeman Resource Center grand opening on Friday, January 15, at 7 p.m. in Mead Chapel. Crenshaw, a leading authority in the area of civil rights, black feminist legal theory, and racism and the law, is best known for her groundbreaking work on “intersectionality,” or the study of overlapping social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination.

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