Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of April 23

Our regular recap of goings on at the College and a look ahead to events on the horizon. As always, we hope to call your attention to items that captured ours and alert you to events that you won’t want to miss. If you have a news item that you think we’d be interested in, drop us a line at

  • They’re not just “whistling ‘Dixie'”! Whistlers from all over the world descended on the small town of Louisburg, North Carolina, for the International Whistlers Convention recently. Middlebury’s own Yuki Takeda ’14 came in third in the competition and was interviewed for PRI’s The World.
  • The American Academy of Arts & Sciences recently announced the 2012 class and on the list with Hillary Clinton, Paul McCartney, and Neil Simon was alumna Kathy Cashman ’76. A volcanologist and professor of geological sciences at the University of Oregon, Kathy has researched active volcanoes all over the world. Her impressive body of work has not gone unnoticed.

  • One Dean’s View,” the blog of Shirley Collado, dean of the College and chief diversity officer, had a guest writer this past week. Kemi Fuentes-George, a new faculty member and immigrant from Jamaica, talks about how his identity as a “brown Caribbean” has been challenged over the years in the predominantly white communities he’s lived in.

  • It’s time for the second annual Bach Festival. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be packed with activities, including performances by the early music ensemble ARTEK (whose director is Gwendolyn Toth ’77) and members of the New York Baroque Dance Company. Check here for a list of events. There’s something for every Bach lover!

  • If you’d like to intersperse your Bach with other types of music, 51 Main has once again lined up a variety of acts. Friday at 5:00 p.m. you can listen to Afrofusion, featuring several Midd faculty members. Or enjoy a Jerry Garcia Tribute Band called Cats Under the Stars on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. Midd’s famous whistler, Yuki Takeda, will even be on stage with friends to play jazz and groove-oriented instrumental music on Friday at 8:00 p.m. But this time he’ll be showing his talents on alto sax and flute.

  • The Spring 2012 Woodin Colloquium Series continues its Thursday luncheon talks this week with Kathleen Colson, CEO and founder of the BOMA Project and Fred Nelson, executive director of Maliasili Initiatives. Their panel discussion is entitled “Social Entrepreneurship and Environmental Conservation in East Africa: Perspectives from the Field.”

  • And don’t forget: The former attorney general and governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, will be speaking at Mead Chapel on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. about government regulation on Wall Street. Doors open at 7:00.

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