Author Archives: Karin Hanta

Sister-to-Sister s’mores party on May 12!

Sister-to-Sister S’mores party!

Middlebury College’s Sister-to-Sister club is inviting all middle school girls to a s’mores party at the organic garden. We’ll make a fire and play games.

We’ll meet at Middlebury College’s Chellis House (56 Hillcrest Road) and walk over to the organic garden. In case of rain, we will stay at Chellis House.

For more information contact Karin Hanta: khanta@middlebury.edu, 802-443-5937.

Please nominate your Feminists of the Year!

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:

 The Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Chellis House, the Feminist Resource Center, are seeking nominations for the student, staff, and faculty feminist of the year.

We are looking for feminists who actively engage with our community around issues of gender, sex, and sexuality as they are experienced in relation to race, class, ability, and geography.

You may nominate persons in one or all of the following categories—student, staff, and faculty—by sending your nominations by email to khanta@middlebury.edu)or by campus mail to Karin Hanta@Chellis House. The deadline is Monday, May 8, 6 p.m. 

I nominate __________________________ for student feminist of the year because

 

I nominate __________________________ for staff feminist of the year because

 

I nominate __________________________ for faculty feminist of the year because

 

The committee reserves the right to not consider nominees who don’t meet these criteria. Thank you for your nominations!

 

We will celebrate all the nominees at the end-of-the-year Chelle-bration on Saturday, May 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Chellis House with music, poetry and good food!

Sister-to-Sister Summit on Saturday, November 19!

sts-4-2015The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is gearing up for its twelfth season of mentoring middle school girls. Since 2005, Middlebury students have invited girls from the three middle schools in Addison County – Middlebury, Vergennes, and Bristol – to participate in monthly two-hour events on campus and a one-day summit in November. At events, one “fun” activity is usually paired with a discussion. When sisters meet at the pool for log rolling, for example, they will get together after splashing in the water to discuss conceptions of body image. In general, “Sister-to-Sister” strives to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of middle school girls. The program provides a safe space to talk about the challenges that girls face in this day and age. It enables girls to develop friendships with other girls, even if they don’t go to the same school. The program recognizes that in addition to teachers and textbooks, achievement is affected by what happens in the hallways, between classes, and outside of school.  

Our big summit is scheduled for Saturday, November 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kirk Alumni Center. Activities will include fun workshops such as improv theater, acapella singing, dancing, yoga, and cup cake decorating.

All events are free and include breakfast, lunch and snacks (gluten-free, vegetarian options available). To register or organize transportation, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email khanta@middlebury.edu. Transportation requests need to be submitted by Wednesday, November 16.

Sister-to-Sister Summit on Saturday, November 19!

sts-4-2015The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is gearing up for its twelfth season of mentoring middle school girls. Since 2005, Middlebury students have invited girls from the three middle schools in Addison County – Middlebury, Vergennes, and Bristol – to participate in monthly two-hour events on campus and a one-day summit in November. At events, one “fun” activity is usually paired with a discussion. When sisters meet at the pool for log rolling, for example, they will get together after splashing in the water to discuss conceptions of body image. In general, “Sister-to-Sister” strives to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of middle school girls. The program provides a safe space to talk about the challenges that girls face in this day and age. It enables girls to develop friendships with other girls, even if they don’t go to the same school. The program recognizes that in addition to teachers and textbooks, achievement is affected by what happens in the hallways, between classes, and outside of school.  

Our big summit is scheduled for Saturday, November 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kirk Alumni Center. Activities will include fun workshops such as improv theater, acapella singing, dancing, yoga, and cup cake decorating.

All events are free and include breakfast, lunch and snacks (gluten-free, vegetarian options available). To register or organize transportation, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email khanta@middlebury.edu. Transportation requests need to be submitted by Wednesday, November 16.

Sister-to-Sister Halloween Night, Friday, Oct 21, 7-9 p.m., Chellis House

sister-to-sisterSister-to-Sister Halloween Night, Friday October 21, 7-9 p.m.

Middlebury College’s widely popular Sister-to-Sister Program is inviting all middle school girls to Chellis House (56 Hillcrest Road, white house behind Proctor Dining Hall) for a Halloween Night with pumpkin decorating and spooky games. For more information, contact khanta@middlebury.edu or call 443-5937.

Mon, Oct 10, 4:30: “The Empathy Gap” Screening and Discussion

danaPlease join us on

Monday, October 10, 4:30 p.m., Dana Auditorium

for a screening of

The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change

(Thomas Keith, USA, 2015, 70 mins.)

and Q&A with filmmaker Thomas Keith

In his new documentary, Thomas Keith looks closely at the ways sexist and misogynistic messages in American culture short-circuit men’s ability to empathize with women and respect them as equals, undercutting their innate capacity for caring and empathy. Along the way, Dr. Keith draws fascinating parallels between sexism and racism, spelling out how each is rooted in cultural norms that discourage empathy, and shows how men who break with these norms live happier and healthier lives.

Sponsored by the Athletics Department; Brother-to-Brother; Chellis House-Women’s Resource Center; Feminist Action at Middlebury; the Gender Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program; Queers & Allies; Queer Studies House; the SGA Committee on Relationship Respect; Sister-to-Sister; Women of Color

-Karin Hanta