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Respecting Gender Identity

To continue the effort to discern and address the ways in which Middlesex could be a more welcoming, inclusive place for all students and adults, this year’s Community Life Symposium focused on the topic of gender identity, giving special consideration to how assumptions about gender are often built into everyday language, practices, and policies. Invited to guide the morning program…

A Collaborative Exhibition

Opened on September 13, 2022, the first exhibition of the new academic year – “What Our Bodies Taught Us” – is also the first formal collaboration between visiting artists Angela Drakeford and Samantha Fields. Using embroidery, crochet, personal ephemera, live plant material, and assemblage, their works examine the distinction between art and craft, at the same time questioning similar hierarchies…

Bessie Speers Named Next Head of School

June 23, 2022 Dear Middlesex Community, I write to you today with exciting news. Following an extensive search that distilled an initial pool of over 150 candidates down to three exceptional finalists, I am thrilled to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously voted Elizabeth “Bessie” Speers as Middlesex’s next Head of School beginning in July of 2023. Bessie…

Glacial Movements

When artist Fritz Horstman last visited Middlesex in 2018, the Bass Pavilion and the Danoff Center for the Visual Arts were under construction, and his unique work exploring the concepts of time and space had to be shared through photographs. In 2022, however, he could fill the Ishibashi Gallery with more recent pieces in his exhibition Glacial Movements, which opened…

Engineering Environmental Solutions

Problems that seem too daunting in complexity to many people are apparently not beyond tackling by MIT Professor Desiree Plata, the Gilbert W. Winslow Professor in Civil Engineering. Taking a positive approach to difficult challenges, she works on devising innovative solutions to engineering problems that include environmental objectives. Speaking on May 3, 2022, Dr. Plata gave the sixth Bendheim Lecture,…

The SpongeBob Musical

It’s always the best day ever for SpongeBob, his BFF Patrick, and pal Sandy Cheeks – until the rumblings of Mount Humongous signal an impending eruption that could destroy their beloved home. Can the trio prevent the disaster? Or will Plankton’s evil (diabolical…lemon-scented!) plan prevail, forcing everyone to follow him to Chumville? With songs written by artists from Cyndi Lauper…

The Active Pursuit of Justice

A steadfast interest in law and the desire to make a difference in someone’s life have guided Sophie Robart ’13 from Middlesex to her current post as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. As the 2022 Bigelow Lecturer on April 12, Sophie talked about her career path, the challenges she has encountered in striving for justice…

A Journey of Identity

As she addressed the school community on April 2, 2022, Pua-Noa Higginson ’09 found it a bit strange to be back at Middlesex, giving a formal speech in front of teachers who “once taught me and helped me navigate what was ultimately a transformational high school experience.” Now a graduate student pursuing a career in biotechnology, she admitted that the…