Pain, Passion and Possibility


By Maggie Cochrane

In a keynote lecture entitled “Pain, Passion and Possibility: Building Community Through Difficult Subjects,” Professor Trisha Rose of Brown University kicked off the College’s first ever JusTalks on Friday, Jan. 18 in the McCullough Social Space. As Anna Chamby reported last week, JusTalks is a forum aimed at those in their first January Term at Middlebury who want to communicate about issues of identity and diversity in a safe and supportive environment. In her speech, Professor Rose discussed matters of racial, economic, gender, and sexual discrimination.  In the video above, she describes what she did for her class when one of her students spoke out, insisting that individuals should not take responsibility for discrimination. More information about Professor Rose’s lecture will be available in this Thursday’s issue.