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February 4th 2016
For the first evening of Middlesex's annual Diversity Symposium on January 29, the School welcomed filmmaker and media educator Jean Kilbourne, who spoke about how harmful messages and stereotypes in ads can negatively influence people's perceptions of themselves and others. Turning to another facet of identity, the school community reconvened on January 30 to hear Dr. Michael Baran, a cultural anthropologist who has researched race and diversity issues for the past 20 years in several...
February 4th 2016
What factors and influences inform, affect, and shape an individual’s self-perception or identity?  Is a person’s racial identity easily determined and defined – or is “race” a murky, artificial concept that defies simple explanation? During the School’s annual Diversity Symposium last weekend, students and faculty gathered to consider and discuss questions like these, working to ensure that Middlesex is a thoughtful, inclusive, and empathetic community. The symposium began on January 29 with...
February 3rd 2016
The recent and ongoing construction of the Music and Campus Center has given many time to reflect on the music programs at Middlesex. While it is true that music programs at MX have never had a home worthy of its talent, most recently residing in the refurbished phone booths in the basement of the Warburg Library, music has always been a thriving and much-loved entity on campus. Just ask John Finbury, class of 1970, who notes that music “was a very important feature of my Middlesex experience....
January 31st 2016
On Saturday, February 20 at 7pm, the 10th Mountain Division Wounded Warriors Sled Hockey Team will take to the ice in a friendly game against members of the Middlesex community.  Lead by head coach Mark McKenna, the 10th Mountain Division hails from Fort Drum, New York, and comes to Middlesex via Associate Director of Admissions Chip Vigne.  For more details about the game or how to support the Wounded Warriors team, please contact Chip Vigne at cvigne@mxschool.edu.    
January 29th 2016
Alyssa McNally ’16, daughter of Head Trainer Laura “Darby” McNally ’80, was no stranger to Middlesex before she matriculated.  Not only did her mother graduate from Middlesex, but five cousins, two uncles, and one aunt also attended the school.  Her parents were married in the Chapel, as were her aunt and late uncle. Perhaps most importantly, Alyssa has lived at Middlesex for seventeen of the McNally family’s twenty-eight years on campus.  In her senior Chapel, she addressed some “frequently...
January 24th 2016
Dr. Daniel Barber came to Middlesex from Creighton University, where he taught in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies.  He completed his doctorate in classics at the University of Virginia after earning his M.A. in Latin there, and he holds a B.A. in classics from Cornell University.  Dan is the author of a number of scholarly articles and book reviews on Latin poetry, especially the lyric poetry of Horace, the subject of his dissertation.  Before his position at Creighton, he...
January 23rd 2016
The Aerospace Engineering class had their final launch on Friday, January 22 out on the balmy 30 degree fields, launching rockets of ~20" length to an altitude of 800 feet high.  The critical goal of the launch was to simulate a human passenger, by using an "egg payload."  The cleanest launch of the day was Gabriel de los Santos '17 and Joseph Feeney '17, pictured above, who launched, landed, and retrieved their rocket will all parts intact, and the egg still uncracked.  Mr. Kenn Blade,...
January 22nd 2016
“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said in a December 1963 speech. And by the “maladjusted,” he clarified that he meant those who would refuse to accept segregation, discrimination, religious bigotry, or other forms of social injustice – men and women who would fight for freedom, truth, and equality. As the director of multicultural and community development at Middlesex, history teacher Pascale Musto opened the School’s annual...
January 22nd 2016
Outspoken at Middlesex: Six Women Photographers At the Cornelius Ayer Wood Gallery Feb. 2 – Apr. 28, 2016 Opening Reception: Feb. 2, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Open to the public. Curated by photographer and educator, Marky Kauffmann, Outspoken at Middlesex: Six Women Photographers features the images of six women photographers who seek to capture the voices of women and girls. These photographs challenge cultural assumptions and provoke the viewer to ask what is right, fair, or possible. Do we hear the...
January 18th 2016
The Community Life Program aims to address the topics and issues students will face both in the present and later in college, career, and life: healthy relationships, wellness and stress management, drug and alcohol use, appropriate technology use, citizenship (both local and global), and leadership, to name just a few. We address these issues through organized events designed to stimulate open conversation.  During a recent Community Life meeting, students examined the role of popular culture...

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