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Angela Davis talks activism and action at Middlebury

Angela Davis fielded questions from students about her early activism, her calls for replacing police and prisons with better institutions, and her positions on many progressive causes.
November 5, 2020
“I want to create the framework for forms of justice that will be more compelling and that will help us rid our world of racist violence," said renowned activist Angela Davis in an event attended by nearly 500 people.

Reel Critic: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

Aaron Sorkin’s new Netflix film is set during the aftermath of the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. COURTESY OF HOUSTON PRESS.
October 29, 2020
Around an hour and a half into “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” clean-cut antiwar activist Tom Hayden stares down rabble-rouser Abbie Hoffman.

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.

Student environmental organizers find ways to keep active from home

Student environmental organizers find ways to keep active from home
When sports seasons were canceled and classes went remote, activism did, too.
May 14, 2020
When sports seasons were canceled and classes went remote, activism did, too.

“The memory hangs on”: 50 years later, activist alums talk anti-war strike

Protesters gathered against the Vietnam War during the March 1970 student strike.
May 7, 2020
A student strike in 1970 catalyzed anti-war action in the years to follow, but many activists were excluded from the mainstream conversation.

Student activists lead workshops on organizing, protesting

March 5, 2020
Leif Taranta ’20.5 and other student activists are leading workshops teaching the Middlebury community how to be more effective activists.

The Middlebury Independent: Koch or woke?

The Middlebury Independent: Koch or woke?
February 20, 2020
I’m editor-in-chief of The Middlebury Independent. I won’t play coy: I’m aware of the sentiment against us.

These winter term classes will give you chills

These winter term classes will give you chills
January 23, 2020
This J-Term, visiting professors are teaching unique courses following themes of political advocacy, storytelling and social activism. These individuals teach from lived experience and employ diverse methods in the classroom.

This is a f***ing emergency, Middlebury

December 5, 2019
This rising global tension is proof of the urgency of our current socioeconomic and environmental reality.

What does it mean to be an activist at Middlebury?

“A lot of people who are leading activist charges, it’s the same group of people over and over,” said student activist Taite Shomo ’20.5.
November 14, 2019
Students engaged in a variety of change-making efforts, both on-campus and off, report unique challenges that come with navigating activism at the college.

Chat first, cancel second

Chat first, cancel second
November 14, 2019
You’ve probably seen the posts: you’re scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, and a status or tweet pops up letting you know that so-and-so is “canceled.”

Rep. John Lewis discusses civil rights movement legacy

Lewis is the last remaining member of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders of the 1960s, along with Martin Luther King Jr., Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young Jr. and James Farmer Jr.
October 17, 2019
U.S. Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis spoke to a sold-out audience at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington about his book, his experiences in the civil rights movement and what he sees as modern day social justice issue priorities.
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