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Ruminations of a human being: Systemic racism, police brutality and America’s failure to teach empathy

By Martin Williams

July 4, 2020

"[Some White people] will shout, 'ALL LIVES MATTER,' avoid eye contact or keep their mouths shut in tacit support of police brutality," writes Martin Williams '20. "However, they don’t stop to think about the mother, father, son, daughter, friend or mentor killed by the cops’ 'fear' or 'mistake.' They treat the death of the victim as insignificant, although they would be enraged and desire justice too, if a cop murdered their loved one."

What is a writing center?

What is a writing center?


April 26, 2020

"A common misconception about writing centers is that only 'struggling' students seek them out. But writing centers actually attract high-performing, thoughtful and intentional writers who are motivated to develop their writing skills and knowledge further."

On crisis and community

On crisis and community


March 19, 2020

It’s taken a pandemic for me to feel it, but real community can happen at Middlebury.

Moss Pushes False Narrative… Yet Again


May 9, 2019

As a future attorney and accidental free-speech advocate, I have been particularly concerned by Professor Kevin Moss’s recent false attacks on political science professors in the fallout from the Legutko lecture cancellation.

‘A’ Doesn’t Stand for Average


May 10, 2017

Accepting that we can be less than perfect is something that we must teach ourselves. Getting a C on your transcript should be a badge of honor.

Donald Trump and Raúl Castro Will Not Shake Hands


May 10, 2017

Many see America’s rapprochement with Cuba as a new status quo, but others prefer to wait before reaching a verdict. On politics and chess.

Why EatReal Is Right for All the Wrong Reasons

Philip Ackerman-Leist of Green Mountain College gave a lecture on “real food” in April 2013.


May 10, 2017

I support the goals of the dining hall meat-reduction proposal with enthusiasm. The methods, however, are all wrong.

Go/refuge: The Syrian Academic Emergency

By Guest Contributor

January 27, 2016

In the midst of a refugee crisis, driven in large part by turmoil and civil war in Syria, the provision of safety, food and shelter for displaced persons is a priority for conscientious segments of the international community.  And rightfully so. Communities around the world are eager to lend a hand...

Letter to the Middlebury Community

By Eli Susman

January 20, 2016

My dear people of Middlebury, I saw an 18-year-old white woman crying in front of 800 people in Mead Chapel; she’d been publicly berated for wearing a hat. Not out of spite. Not out of hate. She had been attending Middlebury for a matter of weeks and did not yet learn that wearing a sombrero was...

Standing with Syrians

By Rebecca Duras

January 20, 2016

Terrorists are attacking America and they are winning. There’s a certain image people think of when they read “terrorist.” However, I was not thinking of Osama Bin Laden or ISIS, although they are certainly terrorists. I was thinking of people like Mr.Donald Trump. Obviously, Donald Trump is not...

A Call for Empathy

By Sophie Hudson

January 20, 2016

I am ashamed. Part of me got swept away with the media portrayal of refugees coming into Europe. It all scared me. The hundreds of thousands crossing the Mediterranean at night, sleeping rough on the streets, trying to get into Britain by sneaking onto the back of trucks or walking the channel tunnel....

Syria Through the Eyes of an Arab Jordanian

By Sammy Abdulrahim

January 20, 2016

As the New Year arrived, the Syrian Crisis entered the fifth year of its genesis. With a UN estimate of 6.5 million dis- placed within Syria and 3 million fleeing refugees, no near end is in sight. Older teenagers and adults, however, reminisce to a time of malaise when the Jordanian capital (Amman)...

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