News Category: Events & Speakers

Rethinking the Classics

Through the combined resources of the Mudge Family Fund for the enrichment of the classics and the Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series, Middlesex welcomed distinguished scholar Dan-el Padilla Peralta to campus on April 2. An assistant professor of classics at Princeton University – where he earned his undergraduate degree – Professor Padilla Peralta spoke in Assembly about his personal and…

Visual Storytelling

Through the regular visits of successful, working artists, Middlesex students have many opportunities to take in novel ways of seeing and creating, as well as to learn about the discipline and ingenuity that such a career demands.  Offering to “talk about things you can’t find in a Google search,” visiting artist David Hilliard was generous in sharing not only his…

Exploring the Distant Past

The next monumental phase of deep space research is close at hand, the Middlesex community learned on February 12, when Dr. Kathryn Flanagan addressed the School during morning Assembly. A senior scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Flanagan is among those responsible for the science operations of the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as the…

Ambassadors of Hope

Celebrating both the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month, the Middlesex community met in the Kaye Theater on February 2, 2019, for a dynamic program of music, history, philosophy, and reflection. The morning began with an inspiring performance by the Ladies of Essence – a Tufts University women’s a cappella group specializing in…

A World of Details

The School’s first Tuesday morning Assembly in the transformed, newly named Kaye Theater was the perfect time and place to explore novel ways of thinking about the smallest details of ordinary objects that surround people every day. Creatively reimagining commonplace materials is central to the work of this year’s visiting artist, Rachel Perry ’80, who was introduced to the community…

Aspiring to Greatness

Taking the podium after a glowing introduction, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens ’91 was quick to characterize the biography just given as “the wrong intro…the flattering one,” and proceeded to deliver his own version – one that highlighted his insecurities and failures. His reason for doing so would become apparent later in evening chapel on…

The Price of Privacy

Taking a break from the customary All-School Read that has become an annual, summer assignment at Middlesex, the community began this year a bit differently with an “All-School Ethical Topic” – namely, the ethics of privacy in the digital age. On the evening of September 21, Stephen Spielberg’s latest science fiction production, Ready Player One, was screened on campus to…

Lasting Connections

Head of School Kathy Giles addressed the Class of 2018 during the commencement ceremony on Monday, May 28.  Here are excerpts from her remarks: Class of 2018, you have been invited to consider some important ideas this year. From the United States Constitution and impeachment to hot frogs, from the United Nations and diplomacy to chasing coral, from ground zero…