News Category: Events & Speakers

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…

An Island Microcosm Transformed

Even before he became a Middlesex student in 1952, Crocker Snow, Jr. ’57 was already a regular visitor to Muskeget, the windswept, uninhabited island of 250 acres that his family co-owns with nearby Nantucket. On April 4, 2017, Crocker returned to campus to talk about the significant changes he has observed in this small ecosystem over the past six decades.…

For Love of Country

Thanks to the efforts of a Middlesex alumna and current parent, the School was fortunate to host Juan Carlos Pinzón, the ambassador of Colombia to the United States, at an Assembly on March 28, 2017. Detailing how and why he chose a life of service to his country and its people, Ambassador Pinzón explained that he is motivated by his…

Challenging Assumptions about Identity

A seemingly simple word, “identity” is a complicated concept – one that the Middlesex community considers during weekly senior chapels, regular Spectrum Dialogues, and at annual events such as the Diversity Symposium. “Some people have a privilege of not being reminded of their identity on a constant basis,” noted Director of Multicultural and Community Development Pascale Musto, opening the 2017…