Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of September 24

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  • The 2012 Clifford Symposium is happening this weekend and a lot of fun and interesting events are taking place. Entitled “Creativity and Collaboration,” the symposium is being hosted by the Mahaney Center for the Arts in honor of its 20th-anniversary season. The keynote speech, which will be held in the Concert Hall at the CFA at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, is being given by Julie Burstein, who wrote Spark: How Creativity Works. In her talk she will describe some of the essential qualities for successful creative collaborations.

  • From Thursday to Saturday the Mahaney Center for the Arts will be alive with performances, workshops, and discussions. Some especially creative and unusual events are worth checking out. At 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, A Curious Invasion will be taking place with the PearsonWidrig Dance Theater company. And at 8:00 Thursday evening come to the CFA lobby to see an original show integrating music, dance, circus, and theatricality and starring Rachel Schiffer ’06.5 and Ben Schiffer ’10. (P.S. It involves wire walking.)

  • As always, there will be wonderful music available over the weekend and beyond. Saturday night the Emerson String Quartet will be performing at Mead Chapel at 8:00 and next Tuesday, October 2, the Takács String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the CFA Concert Hall. Get  your tickets at the box office.

  • You may have heard His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is coming October 12–13. There will be a number of activities that will be taking place in the weeks running up to the event. On Sunday there will be a screening of Buddha Prince Backstage, a documentary about the creation and staging of the walking play, The Buddha Prince, which celebrates the Dalai Lama’s life and teachings. You can also take part in the Tibetan Peace-Flag-Making at the Davis Library. Come create a flag with your wishes, thoughts, or prayers. The flags will decorate the library, one of the first stops for the Dalai Lama at the College.

  • “America is a dramatic outlier when it comes to the freedom to express inflammatory, hatemongering, racist speech.” So says Professor Erik Bleich in an article that appears on Al With all the violence erupting in the world in response to the film Innocence of Muslims, Bleich discusses how much free speech should be allowable in the U.S. After a producer at Qatar Foundation Radio saw the article, Bleich was asked to speak on their show Corners.

  • The varsity athletic teams were active over the weekend with several teams playing at home, including the football team in its season opener. In front of a robust crowd, the Midd team posted a convincing win over Bowdoin, 42-18. Quarterback McCallum Foote was named NESCAC Player of the Week. Also earning NESCAC Player of the Week honors was women’s soccer goalie Elizabeth Foody, who has not allowed a goal against her yet this season.

  • An important new resource is available to alumni, thanks to a collaboration between Library and Information Services and the Alumni Office. JSTOR, a nonprofit service offering a digital archive of more than 1,000 academic journals and one million primary sources, can now be accessed by any alumni who are registered users of Middlebury Online. Read more about it.

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