News Category: Events & Speakers

Examining Race and Medicine

As part of the Middlesex community’s efforts to investigate the pervasiveness of racism in everyday practices and policies, the School welcomed a virtual visit from Dr. Damon Tweedy, who spoke to students and faculty on an evening Zoom call on September 25. An associate professor of psychiatry at Duke Medical School, a staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health…

An Idealist’s Advice

She has been a journalist, a human rights activist, a presidential advisor, and a top diplomat. Yet, in an all-school Assembly on March 3, former Ambassador Samantha Power was primarily a mentor as she spoke candidly about how she had “stumbled” into different careers, also sharing some of the pragmatic approaches she has found useful in facing formidable problems. Global-sized…

Unpacking Privilege

The focus of this year’s Diversity Symposium dovetailed with the community’s ongoing consideration of privilege: what it means exactly and how it influences people’s lives. On February 29, Middlesex welcomed three guests to campus – Veline Mojarro, Taylor Mason, and Amalia Mesa Gustin – all of whom are colleagues at SHIFT, an organization dedicated to matters of diversity, equity, and…

Inspiring Installations

On sizable screens on the walls across from the School’s Ishibashi Gallery, two mesmerizing videos began running in January. Each a montage of images and sound – movement, music, and language – the two films were sometimes jarring, sometimes beautifully synchronized. Whether clashing or in concert, they evoked a range of emotions, thoughts, and questions about African American culture and…

The Reality of Systemic Racism

Working together as a community, Middlesex students and faculty observed the official Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20 by focusing on a problem of social justice that Dr. King spent his life combating: systemic racism. Guest speaker André Robert Lee joined the School for the day’s program, helping to clarify and answer questions about systemic racism – its…

The Right to Health

In lieu of the annual “All-School Read” assignment, Middlesex students have been asked this year to think about the “ethics of opportunity” – to consider the kinds of advantages that some people enjoy while others lack access to those benefits. Guest speakers in September shed light on the opportunities of education and finances, showing how having access to both can…

From Finite to Infinite

As a former trustee, the father of two graduates, and the sponsor of an enriching, decade-long lecture series called “The Hub at Middlesex,” Dr. Alan Lightman has indeed had “a long association with Middlesex,” as he said at the start of his evening chapel talk on April 23, 2019. Well-known and highly respected as an astrophysicist and educator, a novelist…