I’m in Palestine. And now I’m afraid.

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I left the United States two months ago with shaken trust in my fellow human beings. I came to Palestine to offer myself, my knowledge and my skills to the community, but I got much more than I had to give: I was healed.

Gas bomb thrown by soldiersIn the meantime as daily clashes became a routine and as I heard about killed day after day, I refused to protect myself and stop listening. I asked for more. I went to the streets to interview the people, I wrote their stories. Every night my friend Abdelrazzaq offered me his cigarettes and his endless stories, memories, visions for the future…

But after so much death… And still hearing the shootings, the firing of tear gas bombs; the impossibility to fall asleep; to talk or think about anything else…

I’m afraid.
I’m afraid that no hope is left for the humans who strive for revenge, for blood spilled as water.
I’m afraid that Our weapons are not as strong as theirs. That love, humanity and education are not as instantly penetrating the human mind and soul as are the rockets and bullets to the land, the buildings and the flesh.
I’m afraid that if someone is to tell me now that the human nature is evil I will not have the strenght to say: “No!”

[Please, kindly note that while it's my experience this story is not about me. I just hope that this post will make more people think about the present and future of Palestine and all other suffering countries around the world and that we can collectively educate each other and forward the request for change and use social medias for a better cause than liking each other's cute photos and full dishes! Thank you. Love, M. ]

Daily Clashes in Hebron

Daily Clashes in Hebron


The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

College Funds Summer Internships

How Did You Get Here, Zeke Caceres ’15

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Learn CPR and First Aid Skills for FREE on July 16th

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Do you know how to save a life?  Want to brush up on your first aid skills?

All students, faculty and staff are invited to take an American Heart Association certified First Aid and CPR class, offered free of charge, on Wednesday July 16th.  The class runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held in Mitchell Green Lounge.

Email jkazmierczak@middlebury.edu to sign up.

TIAA-CREF One-on-One Counseling Sessions with Erik Moreau – 2014 (revised w/some minor location changes)

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July 2014 – December 2014

  • Tuesday July 22, Davis Library 150B
  • Thursday July 31, Service Building 201
  • Monday August 11 Davis Library 150B
  • Wednesday August 27 Davis Library 150B
  • Tuesday September 30, Davis Library 150B
  • Thursday October 16, Davis Library 150B
  • Wednesday October 29, Davis Library 150B
  • Thursday November 13, Davis Library 150B
  • Wednesday November 19, Davis Library 150B
  • Thursday December 4, Davis Library 150B
  • Monday December 15, Davis Library 150B

To schedule an appointment with Erik Moreau, please call the Field Support Team at (800) 732-8353, M-F 8am – 8pm (EST).

Sorted, Not Polarized: Why The Distinction Matters

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When it comes to writing about polarization in American, who can blame journalists for expressing confusion? The Washington Post’s Dan Balz is the latest reporter to grapple with conflicting evidence and, perhaps more importantly, conflicting interpretation of the evidence by … Continue reading

Friday Links – July 11, 2014

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At Sea in a Deluge of Data
By Alison J. Head and John Wihbey
Chronicle of Higher Education
People in charge of hiring at large organizations such as Microsoft, Nationwide Insurance and the FBI say that recent college graduates lack skills in research and analysis. “The new workers default to quick answers plucked from the Internet. That method might be fine for looking up a definition or updating a fact, but for many tasks, it proved superficial and incomplete…”

How unexpected opportunities can inform practice – As a part of some of my coursework I have had the opportunity to read some interesting educational research. I thought it might be helpful to share a brief overview of some of the articles that I’ve reviewed. This is the first post in a series that I was planning to share. Please feel free to contact me at hstafford@middlebury.edu if you’d like to discuss further.

11 University and Library Groups Release Net-Neutrality Principles – The nation’s colleges and libraries have a message for the Federal Communications Commission: Don’t mess with net neutrality.

Attend Fire Extinguisher Training on Thursday July 17th!

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Have you ever had to operate a fire extinguisher?  Would you know how to in an emergency?

All faculty and staff are invited to attend annual fire extinguisher training on Thursday July 17th.  You will learn to safely and confidently operate a fire extinguisher.  Attendees will have an opportunity to use an extinguisher to put out an actual fire using a live-fire training simulator!

Training sessions will be held outside on the McCullough lawn.  Each session will take approximately 30 minutes.  No advance registration is required.  Select from one of the following times:

Thursday July 17th

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

In the case of inclement weather, a rain date will be announced.