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School for Scandal

Sheridan’s classic comedy of manners brought gossip, intrigue, romantic entanglements, and – of course – some scandal to the Kaye Theatre on November 11th and 12th, much to the enjoyment of Middlesex audiences.  Veteran and novice performers in gorgeous period costumes and impressive wigs, backed by a surprising punk rock soundtrack, made this famous farce an entertaining way to close…

A Poetic Storyteller

To hear a noted, contemporary writer read aloud and discuss his own work is a rare opportunity – one that the Middlesex community was treated to on October 4, when English Professor Tomás Morín addressed the School. As a featured speaker during the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Professor Morín shared four of his poems and the inspiration behind them,…

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…