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How will we live together?

How will we live together?

September 17, 2020
This is simultaneously the year to recreate our community support system and to rely on that system more than any of us have before.
Four students sit in a dorm room in 1918.

This isn’t Middlebury’s first time dealing with a pandemic

May 7, 2020
“Middlebury faces almost daily changes," reads a December 1918 Campus editorial. "It is with a feeling of wonder as to what will come next that we greet each day and it is not strange that under such conditions the student body should be unusually restless and undecided.”
On being single

On being single

April 22, 2020
"Love is a struggle to understand where we stand vis-à-vis those around us."


April 2, 2020
"At a time when nearly everything has been put on hold, it is so much more important not put our lives on hold as well."

The Performing Arts Series is celebrating its 100th anniversary; we should be celebrating, too

September 12, 2019

With the start of the new semester, comes the opening of the 2019–2020 season of the Middlebury Performing Arts Series. This season is going to be spectacular, with old favorites such as cellist Sophie...

A Conversation With Writer Lore Segal

May 2, 2019
Lore Segal’s book “The Journal I Didn’t Keep” holds the rare sort of eager silence most often found when reading to awestruck children

The Excellent Mediocrity, Mediocre Excellence of Franz Schubert

March 21, 2019

Schubert’s piano pieces for four hands are so mediocre, in a sense, as to be especially excellent.  Piano masters Alexander Melnikov and Andreas Staier, hailing respectively from Russia and Germany,...

This cuneiform tablet is one of many unique and fascinating objects housed in Middlebury’s Special Collections and can be viewed whenever they are open.

The Past is Not a Place for Strangers: Beer and Special Collections

March 14, 2019
Middlebury’s Special Collections features a 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablet is amazing in its own right.

Coming to Schumann with the Heart

January 28, 2019
Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis, a tenor-pianist duo from the UK, performed a selection of “Lieder,” German romantic poems set to music, by Brahms, Mahler, and Schumann.
Sen. Kamala Harris is one of the candidates represented in Ben Wessel’s J-term course Winning Elections.

In Class, Students Simulate 2020 Election

January 24, 2019
The students of J-term course Winning Elections are running campaigns for six declared democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election.

Is Our Meat Really So Bad? A Meat-Lover’s Vegetarian Apologia

January 24, 2019
I would love to break my vegetarian streak for a good burger but, before doing so, I wanted to find out what people’s problem is with our meat here at Middlebury.
“New England Review” launched its very first podcast last October.

Reflecting on New England Review’s Debut Podcast

January 17, 2019
“NER Out Loud,” New England Review’s new student podcast, shows the power of podcasting done right and the role it can play in our communal lives.

Jupiter Quartet Leaves Listeners Starry-Eyed

December 6, 2018
Tension, melancholy, peace, joy and sadness were all woven together in the Jupiter Quartet's performance.
Professor Lida Winfield described her challenges with her learning disabilities through speech and dance.

TEDxMiddlebury Speakers Define Struggles, Themselves

November 8, 2018
TEDxMiddlebury allowed the community to experience a larger world, intellectually, emotionally and physically.
SPECS plan to provide accessible and comprehensive sex education to students

SPECS and Sex at Midd

October 25, 2018
SPECS plan to provide accessible and comprehensive sex education to students.
Stories Come to Life at Cocoon

Stories Come to Life at Cocoon

October 11, 2018
Cocoon sets the platform for individuals to ask and respond to the question, "What is Life?"
Love Brings People Together

Love Brings People Together

October 11, 2018

MAGNOLIA PICTURES We are in another age of heroism. With every great struggle of each national and international drama, protest, activists and general outcry fill the air. Hope for a better future may...

The gallery of the Johnson Memorial Building once again hosted the artwork of Middlebury students. “Portraits of Power” included the work of students
 in Jim Butler’s Portraiture in Ceramics and Oil Paint course.

Meditations on Fear, Reverence and Revolt: ‘Portraits of Power’

September 20, 2018
Student art from Jim Butler's Portraiture in Ceramics and Oil Paint course proves to be inspiring and thought-provoking.
The eighth annual Middlebury Bach Festival included the composer’s musical interpretation of the Passion of the Christ.

Bach Festival Brings Emotion

May 2, 2018

Students, faculty, staff, and residents from across Middlebury converged at the Mahaney Center for the Arts last weekend to listen to a 2000-year-old Bible story sung in German to music written 300 years...

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