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“Everybody” raises hell in Wright Memorial Theatre

“Everybody” raises hell in Wright Memorial Theatre

May 20, 2021

Based on the 15th-century morality play “Everyman,” each character in the Middlebury Department of Theatre’s production of “Everybody,” a play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, seeks to personify...

TEDxMiddlebury brings its audience “back to baseline”

TEDxMiddlebury brings its audience “back to baseline”

May 6, 2021

Inspired by the theme “Back to Baseline,” TEDxMiddlebury hosted a conference featuring six speakers from the campus community on Thursday, April 29.  Each speaker came with their own interpretation...

Reel Critic: ‘Minari’

Reel Critic: ‘Minari’

March 11, 2021

The American Dream is often a beacon for immigrants. Yet, time and again, it becomes clear that this dream is only an ideal: what lies beneath the veneer is a story of strife and sacrifice. When director...

Reel Critic: ‘Our Right to Gaze’

Reel Critic: ‘Our Right to Gaze’

March 4, 2021

The Hirschfield Series kicked off this spring with “Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities,” a collection of short films by Black filmmakers. The collection is a collaboration between Full Spectrum...

Cho-Liang Lin.

Cho-liang Lin brings intensity and vibrancy to Performing Arts Series

February 4, 2021

When Cho-liang Lin picks up his violin, he brings it to life. Its wooden body transforms into a bright atrium, procuring delicate notes as his bow all but flies across the strings with vigor. Of course,...

‘drivers license’ finds crux of catchiness and honesty

‘drivers license’ finds crux of catchiness and honesty

January 28, 2021

I remember spotting “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo on my YouTube sidebar. As musical trends often come and go, I brushed the recommendation off after giving the music video a 30-second try....

Dave Chappelle’s recent special “8:46” built directly upon the surge of Black Lives Matter movements across the country this summer.  COURTESY PHOTO

Reel Critic: “Objector”

November 19, 2020
“Objector” provides a new view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following 18-year-old Atalya Ben-Abba.
Professors from a wide range of disciplines incorporate the upcoming presidential election into their course material. BENJY RENTON

Drawing near, 2020 election permeates classrooms across disciplines

October 29, 2020
In races as divisive as those in the 2020 general election, professors are faced with deciding whether to broach the topic in the classroom. 
The festival ran 24 hours from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10 and culminated in a livestream of the plays. COURTESY PHOTO.

“Together Apart” celebrates first year talents in a 24-hour play festival

October 15, 2020
The 25th annual First Year Show was aptly titled “Together Apart.” 
Reel Critic: ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’

Reel Critic: ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’

October 8, 2020
In one image from the historic 1965 Civil Rights march, the activist John Lewis kneels, pushed to the ground with his hand cradling the back of his head.

Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour is nothing short of captivating

October 1, 2020
The annual Sundance Film Festival has long established itself as a place to discover up-and-coming filmmakers.

Reel Critic: ‘Boys State’

September 17, 2020
It’s hectic, clamorous but riveting. This is "Boys State."

Quarantine creativity: 2 a.m. haircuts and pantry pasta

April 30, 2020
So, it’s a good time to find ways to make solitude easier. With a newfound sense of unfamiliarity, coupled with more time to ourselves than ever before, it’s the perfect time to experiment with new ways to self-express and get creative.
Searching for 'Future Nostalgia'

Searching for ‘Future Nostalgia’

April 9, 2020
Dua Lipa's bold new album mixes past genres in the hopes of creating a new future sound that is smooth, powerful, catchy and meaningful.
Reel Critic: 'Les Misérables'

Reel Critic: ‘Les Misérables’

March 12, 2020
The latest installment in the Hirschfield Series brings viewers to the streets of Montfermeil, a modern look at a scene from Victor Hugo's 1862 book, with a dark and striking representation of inequity, institutional violence and hypocrisy.
Reel Critic: 'The Whistlers'

Reel Critic: ‘The Whistlers’

March 5, 2020
Bringing the genre of mafia films to the Hirschfield Series, Corneliu Porumboiu's film blends drama with social commentary, bright colors and beautiful set and sound design.
Las Nietas de Nonó discusses equity post-hurricane

Las Nietas de Nonó discusses equity post-hurricane

February 27, 2020
Sisters Mulowayi and Mapenzi Nonó brought performance and discussion to campus last Wednesday. Sharing photographs, food and dance with a crowd, they shared about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in their home of Puerto Rico.
Reel Critic: 'And Then We Danced'

Reel Critic: ‘And Then We Danced’

February 20, 2020
In the context of highly intense Georgian dance troupe, Levan Akin's film explores romance, sexuality and class.
Dancers performed a Ukrainian dance in traditional attire.

ISO show exhibits Middlebury’s global story

November 21, 2019
The International Students' Organization show featured performances from student groups, showcasing talent from around the world.
Reel Critic: 'Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles'

Reel Critic: ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’

November 14, 2019
With colorful, beautiful animation, this film blends biography with surrealism in depicting the life of cinematic pioneer Luis Buñuel as the latest installment in the Hirschfield Series.
Reel Critic: 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'

Reel Critic: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

November 7, 2019
This French historical drama brought romance, female empowerment, humor and beautiful cinematography to the Hirschfield Film Series this weekend.
Reel Critic: 'Clemency'

Reel Critic: ‘Clemency’

October 31, 2019
The latest installment in the Hirschfield Film Series is a story about execution, executioners and human complexity.
Reel Critic: 'Parasite'

Reel Critic: ‘Parasite’

October 17, 2019
Part of the Hirschfield Film Series, thriller "Parasite" explores the class dynamics between two families in South Korea.
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