beyond the green: collective of middlebury voices

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spring symposium highlights

By: Lily Andrews

here are the events I think look most interesting and transformative. It would be great if those that attended could take a few notes and send commentary or review to beyond the green.

Thursday the 10th at 8:30 pm:

“Lorazepam” – the play. Lorazepam, commonly known as Ativan, is a drug used to acutely treat anxiety. While it must be prescribed, it is also used recreationally. I am not exactly sure what twist this play will take, but it deals with mental health and I am intrigued. MCA 232.

“Open Rehearsal of the Vibrator Play” in MCA Seeler Studio (the play premieres on 4/30).

 Friday the 11th at 9:15 am:

“Black and White and Red All Over: Communism, the Press and the Trial of Willie McGee.” This innovative topic highlights the intertwined history of communism and the Civil Rights movement. MBH 303.

“The Jews of No Religion” discusses female Jewish identity at Middlebury. MBH 311.

 At 9:35 am:

*Featuring: “Mass Incarceration and Rural Prison Development.” Alex Jackman, political science and geography major, presents on prison based gerrymandering: the practice of counting non-voting, incarcerated persons (due to criminalization of drugs and poverty, often people of color) toward a rural district’s population (predominately white), resulting in the political disempowerment of poor urban areas/people of color. She also presents on the highly racist politics of the massive growth of incarceration since the 1970s, and the role that the prison economy plays in white rural development. MBH 303.

“From the Acropolis to the Rive Gauche. “ Students discuss gendered urban landscapes in 19th century France. MBH 403.

“I’m Not Clairvoyant, but I’ve Had My Moments.” Bekah Wilson will present her senior thesis in poetry, reading from the collection. MBH 411.

 At 9:55 am:

*Featuring: “The Northern Student Movement: Civil Rights Work in the North. Ally Yanson presents on a 1960s Civil Rights group that targeted northern anti-black racism and then grew to advocate black power, and to which she has personal connection. MBH 303.

 At 10:15 am:

Featuring: “Emergency Room Tensions.” This project presents on how underserved populations increasing use Emergency Rooms for non-acute health care needs. The project highlights the increasingly uncertain economic context that creates lack of primary health care as well as the agency involved in taking this resource. Seems subversive! MBH 303.

“Love Unlimited.” This project creatively and critically explores polyamory! MBH 216.

At 11:15 am:

“’The Most Awesome of Human Experience’” (Childbirth). This presentation explores how women make meaning of their pregnancies, rejecting the meanings medical and/or (unwanted) religious frameworks prescribe. MBH 411.

To watch out for (MAY be offensive): “Race and American Political Regime” discusses colorblindness. Murray Dry has a BAD reputation around racism… MBH 217.

At 11:35 am:

Religiously Offensive Art.” This project discusses political art, and the controversy of Christian religious art that features black and female holy images. [In reality, the presentation will be much more complex and involve liberationist and womanist theology). MBH 220.

At 12:15 pm: 

“Mary Annette Anderson: Middlebury’s First Black Female Graduate.” It seems like this presentation will provide an interesting and needed history. MBH 303.

To watch out for (IS offensive): “Cruelties Well Used?” I think the title gives you the idea that this presentation will advocate and defend mass violence and repression. MBH 403.

At 1:30 pm:

To watch out for (SEEMS offensive): “Thrift Shop” characterizes hip-hop as monolithic and a site of deviance and holds Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as its saviors. Maybe, though, the presentation will go in a direction that is critical of these racist tropes. MBH 219.

At 1:50 pm:

“A Woman’s Stance: Titian’s ‘La Schiavona.’” Seems like this could present a narrative of female empowerment and agency. MBH 411.

“Assessing Internet Censorship in China.” Interesting and possibility for transnational significance as surveillance also increases in the U.S. MBH 104.

At 2:10 pm:

“A Voice of Their Own” discusses mixing Western hip hop with Tanzanian Bongo Flava music in a way that highlights the artists own social contexts and concerns. MBH 216.

At 2:30 pm:

“Could Arts Education be Important for Economic Development?” Yes! Please decrease emphasis on Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics funding. MBH 311.

“The Youth in Protest.” Covers the Shahbag Riots in Bangladesh, and places the riots in context of Transnational Youth Resistance and the Arab Spring. MBH 216.

At 2:45 pm:

“I’m sorry, I’m a man.” This piece of art seems funny and politically salient. Great Hall.

At 3:30 pm:

*Featuring: “Carceral Queerness: Sexual Citizenship, Slow Death and the Abolition of Prisons” discusses how queer liberation movements have been recently seduced by carceral and neoliberal logic, looking to the state for solutions (rather than critiquing it as a site of oppression). Using queer critique of the prison industrial complex, Jenny Marks argues that gender violence is best addressed through prison abolition. MBH 216.

At 3:50 pm:

“Women in Science.” Joanna Georgakas presents her creative zine and blog based senior work on the intersection of feminism and science! It also seems she justly takes a stab at the androcentricism of Middlebury scientific curriculum. MBH 216.

At 4:10 pm:

*Featuring: “Loud and Proud:” Social and Academic Experiences of Black Women Voiced.” Veronica Coates, joint sociology and gender, sexuality and feminist studies major, highlights both the struggle and strength of being a woman of color at predominately white liberal arts colleges. She argues that the minority status of these women comes to define their college experiences. As she writes, “the constant refrain from students of color has been who is educating whom?” Guaranteed to be good! MBH 216.

“Code Switching and Cultural Identity Among Bilingual Speakers of Korean and English.” This presentation examines language as an important site of culture. MBH 219.




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