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Last day at work: Happiness in Palestine.

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Closing of training and English classes led by Maggie Nazer at Hebron YDRC, Palestine

Closing of training and English classes led by Maggie Nazer at Hebron YDRC, Palestine

Today was my last day working at the Hebron Youth Development Center as an intern. The amazing performance and exhibition which the participants in my leadership training “Art for Social Change” organized were exceptional. It was exceptional what they managed to do just in two short days of preparation left on their own. It was so fulfilling to actually see that my words and actions inspire others! My amazing co-trainer Asala Salhab said: “They told me yesterday: “Maggie said we are leaders so we should organize the performance alone and that we can do anything” and indeed after hours spent in the theater space yesterday, today they came at 9 in the morning on a Ramadan day only to rehearse and perfect the showcase of their work.

It’s unbelievable to me how close I have grown to my English students and how dearly I love them: all of them at once and each of them in a unique way. I spent the last 3 hours in a coffee shop having one of the best times in my life (seriously!), discussing passionately all possible topics imaginable (which I didn’t imagine to be possible when I first met them) despite the many cultural norms which otherwise do not allow a girl to be smoking nargille in the company of guys.

I want to tell you all again that I love you so and you have given me more than I have ever expected! Never have my ideas and efforts for social change and youth empowerment been more well accepted and celebrated.

Last but not least, you have brought me back to Life (no exaggeration!) after a very difficult year in which I many times lost hope in the power of my voice to influence any actual change and in which I was almost about to lose my trust in others…

You have given me hope, you have given me love, you have given me an enriched sense for identity (“We Palestinians teach Life, Sir!”), you have given me your unconditional support and trust.

And I’m way too happy and inspired to even be sad that I am leaving! (Although, I guess it will hit me once I’m no longer on this sacred land.)

Carry the magic we created together with you at all times and spread it generously!

P.S. Don’t forget: WE ARE CONNECTED NOW!

Special THANKS to Center for Careers and Internships at Middlebury College and my hosting organization Hebron YDRC.

Pure Joy

Pure Joy

 


Bookstore readying for Fall Semester

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Midd Sunglasses

Midd Sunglasses

We are getting ready for Fall Semester by broadening our selection of Middlebury Imprinted clothing and fun merchandise like these Polarized and Non-Polarized Sunglasses.

 

 

Look for more Dri-Fit and Fitness Wear clothing designed for comfort with movement and wicking moisture away from your body.

Nike Volt Dri-Fit

Nike Volt Dri-Fit

Nike Fade-a-way Shorts

Nike Fade-a-way Shorts

Fitness Jacket

Fitness Jacket

Compression Shorts

Compression Shorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have even updated our Backpacks and Water Bottle.

Tervis Water Bottle

Tervis Water Bottle

Nike Backpack

Nike Backpack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as added new styles to Kids Clothing and Outer Wear.

Toddler Hoodie

Toddler Hoodie

Under Armour Shift Jacket

Under Armour Shift Jacket

 

How Do Americans Like Their Policies? In Moderation, Please.

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In Monday’s post I took issue with Vox founder Ezra Klein’s claim that, in his words “the idea of the moderate middle is bullsh*t.”  You will recall that Ezra argues that indexes purporting to show the existence of a moderate … Continue reading

Digitalia Film Library (trial ends August 13, 2014)

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Middlebury College students, faculty, and staff can now view 19 of the films in the Digitalia Film Library, The Digitalia Film Library includes films from around the world in a variety of languages.

To view these trial-access films – From the Digitalia Film Library homepage, click “My Resources”

DigitaliaFilmMineTrial films include Zona Sur from Bolivia, El Circuito de Rom´an from Chile, A Busca (Father’s Chair) from Brazil, …

ThreeFilmsThis selection of films is intended to give us an idea of the film quality and streaming capabilities of the Digitalia Film Library. Browse the entire collection to see what we could have access to if we decide to subscribe. Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

Why It’s Always Morning in America: The Legacy of Carter’s Malaise Speech

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Thirty five years ago this evening, President Jimmy Carter went on nationwide television to give his infamous “malaise” speech. You can watch the speech in its entirety here. If you listen carefully, you’ll notice that he never actually uses the … Continue reading

Bibliographic Essay: Online Educational Videos

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The August 2013 issue of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Midd subscribes) had a bibliographic essay is entitled: “Teaching and Learning with Online Educational Videos: A Subject List of Web Resources for Educators.”  It describes both general sources for a variety of subjects (such as open course ware sites, lecture sites, etc.) available on YouTube and elsewhere and also provides a subject listing.  Resources range from popular sites to more academic.

The Myth of the Myth of the Moderate Middle

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Vox founder Ezra Klein posted this diatribe last week explaining why he believes “moderate voters are a myth” that was extreme even by Ezra’s standards. Drawing on this draft paper by Douglas Ahler and David Broockman, Klein argues that the … Continue reading