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Concerned Alumni Support the AAUP

June 16, 2020
"For many of us, our relationships with faculty and staff remain our strongest continued connections to the College," wrote several alumni. "We trust the College will honor its commitments to Middlebury’s mission, and to the staff and faculty who uphold it."

Mandatory Bias Training is Necessary but Insufficient; Hamilton Forum is Proof

April 18, 2019
The need for mandatory bias training has been ignored for years.

Where Do First-Generation Students Go?

January 24, 2019
When we talk about hinges, we must understood that some students are hinged to their background more than others.

An Open Letter to the Political Science Department

March 2, 2017

The American Enterprise Institute has been joined by the Political Science department in co-sponsoring Charles Murray. Murray is most well-known for arguing that societal hierarchy is based on intelligence....

A Report from the Capital

March 10, 2016

“Now don’t go getting sentimental!” I continued chopping — onion, after onion, after onion. It was the first day of MAlt DC, a trip to “explore the ethics of inequality in the capital of one...

My Case for Affirmative Action

February 24, 2016

To the generally privileged, poverty is incomprehensible. People of privilege, with pale skin and/or free vacations and/or “intellectual conversation” — which is almost always defined by conformity...

Middlebury is Not a Charity

January 27, 2016

“Middlebury is not a charity.” Critics of Go/Refuge, the movement for the College to take an active role in the world refugee crisis, have presented this argument. The criticism, though not yet...


December 10, 2015

Three weeks ago, I called for Middlebury to take action in combating the Syrian refugee crisis. While President Patton’s administration has not yet acknowledged this, both our community and the wider...

A Call for Conscience

November 19, 2015

12,000,000 Syrians have fled their homes. A third have become refugees. Photographs of children’s corpses in Greece have surfaced, as have images of the terrible conditions of camps in the Middle East...

Remembering Debs

November 11, 2015

Last Thursday, film enthusiasts and our friends across the pond celebrated Guy Fawkes. He wasn’t the greatest guy to grace the planet, nor was he particularly successful in his endeavor to blow up government....

Poor Appropriation

November 5, 2015

“What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?” Amandla Stenberg, teen actress and pop prophet, asked exactly that in a videopublished on Tumblr nine months...

Hope for “The 33”

October 21, 2015

Every culture, no matter what country or government, develops traits that distinguish the socially privileged from the impoverished. Usually, they’re ridiculous societal quirks. Cars in Manhattan are...

Poverty Prose: The Poverty Myth

October 7, 2015

“Poverty” is as much of a buzzword as “privilege.” In the decades when truly progressive Democrats ruled the stars and stripes, poverty commanded political importance arguably above that of the...

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