News Category: Events & Speakers

Sled Hockey Fundraiser a Success

On February 20, the 10th Mountain Division Wounded Warriors Sled Hockey Team took the ice in a fundraiser game at Middlesex.  Over 30 Middlesex students strapped into sleds to compete side-by-side and against members of the Mountain Division Wounded Warriors team.  The mixed-squad Wounded Warriors beat the blended Middlesex team 5-1, but few will remember the final score; participants will…

Spectrum Dialogue with Tanya Fields

On February 16, the multicultural office at Middlesex welcomed Ms. Tanya Fields to campus.  She is the second speaker in this year’s MX Spectrum Dialogues, a mini lecture series devoted to equity, justice, and inclusion.  Ms. Fields spoke about race, class, and gender.  She is a food justice activist, educator, urban farmer, food blogger, and the founder and executive director of the…

Surprises in the Streets of Pompeii

Much has been learned about ancient Roman civilization from studying Pompeii, which was buried in ash and pumice in 79 C.E after the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Since systematic excavation began there in the 18th century, Pompeii has provided researchers with a window into the art and architecture, economy and social structure, culture and habits of a once-prosperous and…

Exploring Diversity: Racial Myths and Realities

For the first evening of Middlesex’s annual Diversity Symposium on January 29, the School welcomed filmmaker and media educator Jean Kilbourne, who spoke about how harmful messages and stereotypes in ads can negatively influence people’s perceptions of themselves and others. Turning to another facet of identity, the school community reconvened on January 30 to hear Dr. Michael Baran, a cultural…

Exploring Diversity: The Complexity of Identity

What factors and influences inform, affect, and shape an individual’s self-perception or identity?  Is a person’s racial identity easily determined and defined – or is “race” a murky, artificial concept that defies simple explanation? During the School’s annual Diversity Symposium last weekend, students and faculty gathered to consider and discuss questions like these, working to ensure that Middlesex is a…

Wounded Warriors Sled Hockey Team to Compete at Middlesex

On Saturday, February 20 at 7pm, the 10th Mountain Division Wounded Warriors Sled Hockey Team will take to the ice in a friendly game against members of the Middlesex community.  Lead by head coach Mark McKenna, the 10th Mountain Division hails from Fort Drum, New York, and comes to Middlesex via Associate Director of Admissions Chip Vigne.  For more details…

Becoming Fearless

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said in a December 1963 speech. And by the “maladjusted,” he clarified that he meant those who would refuse to accept segregation, discrimination, religious bigotry, or other forms of social injustice – men and women who would fight for freedom, truth, and equality. As…

Fearless Project Comes to MX

On Monday, January 18, 2016 the Middlesex School will welcome Jeff Sheng to the community as the featured speaker for this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program.  Sheng is an American artist whose photographic work over the last decade has focused on the 21st century Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights movement.  His photographs on this topic have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Newsweek, the…

Spectrum Dialogue with Amer Ahmed

On November 16, the multicultural office at Middlesex welcomed Mr. Amer Ahmed to campus.  Mr. Ahmed is the incoming Director of the Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at UMASS Amherst.  He is the first speaker in this year’s MX Spectrum Dialogues, a mini lecture series devoted to equity, justice, and inclusion.  Speaking in the Terry Room, Mr. Ahmed engaged the…

New Lion Statues “Guard Peace and Prosperity”

On Thursday October 29, 2015 the Middlesex community welcomed two new members, in the form of two stone lions that now reside outside of the athletic center (though their final resting place will be outside Warburg Library). The lions themselves have been donated on behalf of some generous Middlesex families from China, who hope the lions, weighing a combined six-and-a-half…