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A Master of Design: Sandi Pei ’68

To open this year’s celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month on May 3, 2024, the School warmly welcomed back award-winning architect and former Trustee Li Chung “Sandi” Pei ’68, who began his presentation by sharing some of his own fond memories of his student days at Middlesex. Back then, Sandi recalled, the School had…

A Witness of History

With Holocaust Remembrance Day approaching in May, the school community heard the firsthand account of Janet Singer Applefield, a child survivor of the Holocaust, who spoke at Middlesex on April 19, 2024. Through recounting her personal story to as many audiences as possible, Ms. Applefield hopes to “provide an understanding of the dangers of hatred and discrimination,” she said, adding,…

The Whitlock Lecture: On Fugitive Pedagogy

One of the highlights of observing Black History Month this year was the February 23rd visit of Dr. Jarvis Givens, a professor of education and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. A dynamic lecturer who specializes in the history of African American education, Dr. Givens was the third Kenneth E. Whitlock, Jr. Black History Month Speaker, a series that was established in…

Sibling Harmony: Winter Recitals by Sarah ’09 and Thomas ’13 Cooper

On consecutive Thursdays in January, Middlesex was treated to two extraordinary recitals, first by lyric soprano Sarah Cooper ’09 on January 18 and then by violinist Thomas Cooper ’13 on January 25. Each performed first during weekly chapel and then in the Danoff Recital Hall, giving the school community a rare and remarkable opportunity to enjoy their artistry right here…

Rising to the Challenge of Dr. King

In celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 95th birthday, Middlesex welcomed back four alumni on January 15 to share their school and career experiences during a special assembly that morning. As the keynote speaker, former Middlesex Trustee Wanji Walcott ’87 related her educational and professional journey, remembering that she…

Making a Difference in the World

When former UN Ambassador Samantha Power last spoke at Middlesex in March 2020, she had recently published her bestselling memoir, The Education of an Idealist, and described for the school community both her career path and her approach to formidable global problems. Now the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), she returned to campus on January…

The Mudge Lecture: The Iliad Still Matters

Whether or not they had already read portions of the Iliad at Middlesex, students benefited from a scholarly explanation of the work – its origin, evolution, and significance – thanks to Professor Joel Christensen, whose visit on January 5 was made possible by the Mudge Family Fund for the enrichment of the classics. A professor of classical and early Mediterranean…

Remembering David Beare

The Middlesex community is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of former Head of School David Beare. We extend our condolences to David’s family and friends during this difficult time. During the school year while he was at Middlesex, David would stand outside our schoolhouse and greet each student, faculty, and staff member with a warm and genuine hello.…