News Category: Events & Speakers

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…

To Tell the Truth

Amid daily discussions of “real” versus “fake” news, Middlesex welcomed back Cass Sunstein ’72 on February 23 to speak at a gathering in the Terry Room. A bestselling author, accomplished legal scholar, and the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard, Cass talked about his previous work as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) –…

Uniting Vocation and Avocation

A fluent Persian linguist, an authority on Iran, and a seasoned diplomat, Alan Eyre ’76 surprisingly allowed that he had never imagined such a career for himself in his days as a Middlesex student. In fact, he once viewed public service as “the flip side of fun” – something that “should” be done, “preferably by someone else,” he quipped. Instead,…

Renowned Musician and Activist Vusi Mahlasela Performs for Community

Vusi Mahlasela visited Middlesex School on Tuesday, February 14th as part of the Spectrum Dialogue lecture series devoted to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Mr. Mahlasela was an anti-apartheid activist who collaborated with Nelson Mandela.  Mr. Mahlasela tells the story of the anti-apartheid movement through his music.  For the “crime” of writing songs of freedom and human dignity, Mr. Mahlasela he…

The Power of Nonviolent Protest

This year’s observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day brought the ideals and legacy of Dr. King to life through the inspiring visit of Dr. John Carlos, Olympic athlete and activist, and his biographer, award-winning journalist Dave Zirin. Though some might say that politics have no place in sports, both guests were articulate in talking about the intersection of social…