There are many ways to interpret a work of art, and the museum’s Label Talk series encourages visitors to reflect upon and voice their own interpretations of specific artworks, such as this photograph of an oil spill by Nigerian artist George Osodi. Several members of the Middlebury community have offered their personal or professional reactions...
The relatively disappointing reaction to Obama’s prime time Oval Office address, against the backdrop of BP CEO Tony Hayward’s Sergeant Schulz-like testimony (“I see nothing! I hear nothing!”) before a congressional committee, and the seemingly nonstop coverage of the spill itself, have collectively contributed to the impression that we’ve reached an “inflection point” in the [...]
President Obama made his first prime-time Oval Office address last Tuesday, to decidedly mixed reviews. Some of his most usually stalwart defenders, like Keith Olbermann and Chris (“My Leg Isn’t Tingling”) Matthews this time were not impressed. For the most part, these critics wanted Obama to be more decisive and to convey a greater sense of [...]
Not surprisingly, the Gulf Oil spill has prompted the media to shine a spotlight on the Mineral Management Service (MMS), the government agency responsible for issuing permits allowing oil companies to drill in federally-owned waters. Stories such as this one in today’s New York Times suggest that the MMS’s cozy relationship with the oil industry [...]
When bad things happen, Mother Politics abhors a vacuum. Somebody has to take the blame, fairly or not. Usually it is the person ostensibly “in charge.” So it is with the Gulf oil spill. As President and “CEO” of the country, Obama has increasingly become targeted from both sides of the political spectrum for his [...]