News Category: Events & Speakers

Reconciling Faith and Freedom

Can diversity of belief and thought coexist with freedom of speech? Or must people choose between them, either limiting open discourse or preparing to be offended by different views? For international bestselling author and Muslim reformer Irshad Manji, diversity and free speech “go hand in hand – and are at their best when they coexist.” As Middlesex’s first Equity and…

The Struggle for Social Justice

On January 15, 2018 – the date that would have been the 89th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – the Middlesex community remembered his courageous commitment to social justice and, at the same time, reflected on the civil rights issues and inequities that remain today. The full day of events featured three distinguished speakers: Dr. C.T. Vivian, who…

The Visual Poetry of Fritz Horstman

While construction is underway on brand new facilities for the visual arts at Middlesex, Department Head Stacey McCarthy continues to bring engaging artists to campus to broaden students’ exposure to current work and to different perspectives, mediums, and creative processes. On January 12, 2018, Fritz Horstman joined Stacey, students, and faculty in the Danoff Recital Hall to show and discuss…

A Safeguard of the Republic

Early in his legal career, Cass Sunstein ’72 was fortunate to spend his clerkship with legendary Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who once recounted an exchange he had with Prince Philip back when Justice Marshall was a civil rights lawyer. “Would you like to know what I think of lawyers?” Prince Philip queried, to which Marshall replied, “Would you like…

In the Service of Justice

Each year, Middlesex honors the life and aspirations of Roger Clayland Bigelow ’44, who was killed in the battle of Iwo Jima in March of 1945. Because Roger had hoped to follow family tradition and pursue a career in the foreign service, his parents established a memorial lecture in his memory to encourage future Middlesex students to consider careers in…

The Call to Radical Hope

In word and in song, former minister-turned-environmental activist Fred Small urged the Middlesex community to embrace hope rather than helplessness in the face of advancing climate change. Speaking at an all-school evening chapel on October 20, 2017, Reverend Small mentioned several of the indications that global warming is a scientific fact, from melting Alaskan permafrost and Arctic Sea ice to…

Democracy and a Free, Fair Press

The history and reputation of “the media” took center stage in Middlesex’s All-School Read (ASR) assignment this year with the selection of a unique, nonfiction graphic novel: The Influencing Machine. With text by journalist Brooke Gladstone and illustrations by cartoonist Josh Neufeld, the work details not only longstanding challenges in journalism, such as bias and objectivity, but also newer complications…

Building Legacies

Head of School Kathy Giles addressed the Class of 2017 during the commencement ceremony on Monday, May 29.  Here are excerpts from her remarks: So, Class of 2017, here we are. More than any other class in this school’s recent history, you have lived among the beeps and whistles of construction noises. You have seen the Mary Mae Village built;…

Questions of Justice

“Close your eyes,” began Harvard Lecturer Kaia Stern, “and imagine a 16-year-old boy with a scar on his face who has been found guilty of murder in the second degree.” Before addressing the topics of “justice, punishment, and transformation” in evening chapel on April 13, Dr. Stern first wanted her Middlesex audience to think about another teenager – one serving…