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Wednesday, April 6

Sports and Resistance in the United States: A Political Legacy

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Dave Zirin, author and award winning sports writer for the Nation magazine

Dave Zirin, provocative author and award winning sports writer for The Nation magazine, will look at the history of the way athletes have used their sporting platform to speak out for social change. He will examine the effects of public discourse when athletes speak out and why it has a disproportionate and at times totally unexpected impact. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum.

Zirin is an outspoken and widely acclaimed pundit in the sports world. His books and blog posts offer ground breaking commentary on the trends and controversies that are shaping sports today. He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States” by Robert Lipsyte, and he was named one of the UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World.”

Zirin is a highly entertaining no-holds-barred speaker who is not shy about his convictions and always has the evidence to back them up. Following are links to several videos of zirin speaking. Note to viewers: these clips are somewhat controversial, and the language is at times colorful.
Dave Zirin on the Rachel Maddow Show
Dave Zirin on blip.tv

You can also read Zirin’s bio here.

Friday, April 8

Marking Time: Reflections on a Middlebury Education and the Road(s) Not Taken

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Timothy Rub ’74, Director and Chief Executive of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Timothy Rub ’74, Director and Chief Executive of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will talk about the relevance of a degree in art history from a liberal arts college in today’s tumultuous economic climate. This lecture is in honor of Glenn M. Andres and John M. Hunisak for their forty years of teaching at Middlebury College. Reception to follow. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum.

Thursday, April 14

Museum Tours

Student Peer Tours
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Middlebury College Museum of Art

Student Members of the Museum Assistants Program

Join Museum Assistants during the opening of the Annual Middlebury Student Symposium for tours of the exhibition Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports.

Wednesday, April 27

Marginal Mysteries: An Investigation into Middlebury’s 13th Century French Corbel

Gallery Talk
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Middlebury College Museum of Art

Amanda Perry '11, Arthur and Helen Baer Teaching Assistant

With very little written today about its abbey of origin, there are many mysteries about Middlebury’s medieval French corbel. What function did its grotesque imagery serve at the abbey of Notre Dame du Bourg Dieu? Where exactly was this fragment formerly anchored? In her talk Amanda Perry ’11, the Arthur and Helen Baer Teaching Assistant in the Museum’s Education Department, will advance her conjectures about the imagery and function of the Middlebury corbel by exploring other representations of acrobats in marginal sculpture as well as the broader tradition of medieval monastic art and architecture.