Let’s Hear Your Position on Immigration, in Spanish
Spanish 3 Honors class recently took on the immigration debate. Wrapping up a three-week study of immigration, students were to create position statements. They read the short story "Cajas de cartón," watched the film La misma luna, studied primary documents from the immigration debate in Washington, and read and discussed news about President Obama's recent visit with Mexican and Central American leaders. Students chose a position to argue, in Spanish, and made recordings of those arguments.
Hear what they had to say.
Milton's Historians Celebrated for Standout Research
During the annual Bisbee Tea, Nadya Yeh explains her research paper, "The Underground Railroad and the Abolitionist Movement." Nadya is one of nine recipients of this year's Ethan Wyatt Bisbee Prize, an honor bestowed on students for their outstanding research in United States History. Milton faculty members teaching the U.S. History and U.S. History in the Modern World courses select honorees from among their students. The history department invites prize-winners to the annual Bisbee Tea to celebrate their achievements and share their projects with faculty and fellow honorees.
View the nine winners recognized at this year’s event.
The Bisbee Prize was established to honor Ethan Wyatt Bisbee, faculty member in the history department who retired in 1993, after 40 years of teaching. John Warren, formerly of the history department, and his wife, Laura Warren ’78, former head of Robbins House, endowed the prize through a gift in 2005.
Visual Artist Maggie Stark Explores The Dualities of Play
In 2009, Maggie Stark (Visual Arts faculty) received a fellowship to study German culture at the Goethe Institute in Berlin. Her fellowship coincided with the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Maggie’s observations of the public events and historical discourse surrounding the anniversary provided a conceptual framework for her new exhibit, Still/Time.
Still/Time—through video, sculpture and photography—uses representations of childhood playground play to examine the implications and associations of the Wall before and after its fall. Playground play is a primal vehicle for humans to work out fundamental dualities—you/me, inside/outside, here/there. These dualities appear writ large in the complex divisions and the personal, social and political meanings created by partitions like the Berlin Wall.
The primary motif of the exhibition’s first video, Wall/Play, is the hopscotch board. Unlike the game hopscotch, which produces an oppositional winner and loser, Wall/Play’s players/adversaries are locked in a joint effort to illuminate and extinguish pre-existing patterns. The second work, Still/Time, explores the delicate balance between players/adversaries—me/you, here/there, up/down—by investigating variations on the motif of the “seesaw.” Like a musical fugue, the piece progresses and repeats as it winds its way through time. Integral to both works are light, sound, movement, and the interdependence of two performers.