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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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Baccalaureate address to the Middlebury College Class of 2001, delivered by Fred Rogers. This video is part of the Middlebury College Commencement Archive.
Topics: Baccalaureate addresses, Personal growth, Empathy
Christopher Reeve and Dana Morosini Reeve address the Middlebury College Class of 2004. This video is part of the Middlebury College Commencement Archive.
Topic: Baccalaureate addresses
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Peter Baumann '10 addresses the Middlebury College Class of 2010. This video is part of the Middlebury College Commencement Archives.
Topics: Baccalaureate addresses, Student life
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Ann Veneman, former director of UNICEF, addresses the Middlebury College Class of 2006.
Topics: Baccalaureate addresses, Globalization, Public service, Children
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James L. Kugel delivers the 2010 Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies on reading and interpreting the Bible
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Bible, Religion, Literature, Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies
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Marcie Cohen Ferris delivers the 2005-2006 Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies. 
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, American food, Jewish culture, American South
Susannah Heschel delivers the 2007 Hannah A. Quint  Lecture in Jewish Studies.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Religion, Theology, Christianity, Drama, Jewish studies, Hannah A....
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Nash contrasts two artistic texts, Richard Wright's Native Son and Gwendolyn Brooks' A Street in Bronzeville, examining them in the light of both the history of the development of Chicago's South Side during the period 1930-1970 and some sources of pictorial history, one of which only recently became available to researchers. Will Nash is Associate Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College; author of the book Charles Johnson's Fiction published in 2002; co-editor of volume of essays,...
Topics: African Americans, Chicago (Ill.), African-Americans in literature, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Connects the nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl with the demise of the Soviet Union. Christopher Marsh is Associate Professor of Political Science and Church-State Studies and Director of Asian Studies at Baylor University. His most recent book is Unparalleled Reforms: China's Rise, Russia's Fall, and the Interdependence of Transition, an examination of the divergent outcomes of the Soviet and Chinese attempts to reform their Communist systems. Dr. Marsh's previous books include Russia at...
Topics: Ukraine, Nationalism, Soviet Union, Lectures, Middlebury College
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What did the American Revolution look like through British eyes? It represented a crisis for British identity and a turning point for Britain's expanding empire, as an imperial relationship based on common cultural ties was replaced by a new vision of global dominance, founded on the forced integration of non-British peoples. Paul Monod is A. Barton Hepburn Professor of History at Middlebury College.
Topics: Great Britain, American Revolutionary War, British Empire, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Painting a picture of a society in crisis, Herbert urges thoughtful members of the electorate to participate more actively in civic affairs. Bob Herbert joined The New York Times as an op-ed columnist in 1993. His twice-weekly column comments on politics, urban affairs and social trends. Robert W. van de Velde '75 memorial lecture series Part of the series entitled An exploration of the tough challenges facing the United States in the early years of the 21st century
Topics: Civics, United States, Politics, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Wessel identifies a host of problems besetting the relationship between newspapers and their readership: chief among them is the issue of objectivity versus partisanship on the part of both newspapers and readers. Wessel is deputy bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau and writes the "Capital” column, a weekly look at the economy and forces shaping living standards around the world. He also appears frequently on CNBC and National Public Radio. Q & A follows...
Topics: Financial crises, Recessions, Mass media, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Leo Michel discusses the implications of a new relationship between French President Sarkozy, the United States, and NATO. Leo G. Michel is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, concentrating on transatlantic security issues. Before joining INSS in July 2002, Mr. Michel was Director for NATO Policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). His office was responsible for policy support to the Secretary and other senior Defense officials in areas...
Topics: North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Foreign relations, 21st century, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Sunhee Choi, John D. McCullough Professor of Chemistry gives her inaugural lecture.
Topics: Cancer--Treatment, Antineoplastic agents, Cisplatin, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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What was the Pantheon? Who designed it? Broucke addresses the fundamental challenge of assembling conclusive information about a building that was constructed long ago, burnt twice, and had its ruins removed to make a place for its larger and still-standing successor, the Hadrianic Pantheon. Broucke is Middlebury College Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture. Trained as a professional architect in his native Belgium, Broucke went on to receive a master's degree in archaeology...
Topics: Pantheon (Rome, Italy), Roman Architecture, History of Architecture, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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A panel discussion about the effect of Wikileaks on American diplomacy and international security.
Topics: WikiLeaks, Leaks (Disclosure of information), International diplomacy, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Recently the Ixil Mayas of Guatemala have experienced two new strategies for climbing out of poverty. The first, conceived by aid consultants, is to lend them money so that they can become entrepreneurs. The second, conceived by the Ixils, is to borrow $5,000 each to smuggle themselves into the United States. For Ixils intent on working in the U.S., microcredits and other lending institutions have been an obvious place to borrow the money. For other Ixils who have borrowed money from...
Topics: Guatemala, Native Americans, Microfinance, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Discusses the policy infrastructure necessary to protect and promote national security. Thomas Melia is Deputy Executive Director of Freedom House and Adjunct Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His research activities and publications range from an examination of U.S. Congressional attitudes toward the career Foreign Service, to public opinion in democratizing Muslim countries, to post-conflict political development in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and Central...
Topics: National security, Democracy, International politics, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Tom Tietenberg discusses the effectiveness of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI Inc. is a nonprofit corporation created to provide technical and administrative services to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative CO2 budget trading programs of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Tom Tietenberg is the...
Topics: Greenhouse gasses, Environmental economics, Climate change, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Karl F. Inderfurth, who worked in the U.N. and for the U.S. government specializing in South Asian affairs, gave a speech about the dynamic between India and the United States. Inderfurth started out by stating that India has a big role to play in today’s political climate. “India has emerged as one of the rising powers in the 21st century,” Inderfurth explained. “Along with China, it is one of the major powers on the Asian continent.” He then went on to state why the United States...
Topics: India, Foriegn relations, United States, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Popov presents case studies which illustrate the impact of liberal democracy on economic growth. Vladimir Popov is sector head, Academy of the National Economy, Moscow; and visiting professor, Carleton University, Ottawa. Sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs and Midd8 Global Awareness Series. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Topics: Economic development, Democracy, Case studies, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Barnett lays out a national security strategy that justifies U.S. intervention in regions of the world that are the most unconnected to globalization. Tom Barnett is Senior Managing Director of Enterra Solutions. LLC. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Topics: Globalization, Politics, Department of Defense, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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This event focused on social entrepreneurship in the 21st century and the potential for its institutionalization as a master’s degree at Middlebury College, in affiliation with the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Social entrepreneurship is a pragmatic way for students to implement their liberal arts education while still in college. Social entrepreneurs develop innovative solutions to society’s most pressing issues and, rather than relying on government or business sectors,...
Topics: Social entrepreneurship, Liberal arts, Higher education, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Is it irresponsible to "advertise" terrorism? Zucconi considers the effect of overplaying terrorism in the media. Writer and journalist, is also the Washington correspondent for Italy's La Repubblica. Middlebury College Language Schools. Middlebury College. Italian School Part of the series entitled Symposium on Terrorism and Mass Media
Topics: Terrorism and mass media, Journalism, Mass media, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Dr. Terrett led the team of medicinal chemists at Pfizer’s UK laboratories who investigated a novel therapeutic mechanism that ultimately resulted in the molecule destined to become Viagra. The presentation describes how a project initially intended to find a cardiovascular medicine resulted in a treatment for erectile dysfunction, and how new clinical methods were required to test the effectiveness of the drug. The talk also describes what happens when unassuming scientists are thrust into...
Topics: Viagra (Trademark), Erectile dysfunction, Discoveries in science, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Medically significant traces of our evolutionary history; reproductive medicine; the evolution and ecology of infectious diseases; the evolutionary genetics, genomics, and emergence of disease; the evolutionary biology of digenerative disease; antibiotic resistance; the hygiene / old friends hypothesis (co-evolution); evolution in a contemporary human population. Stephen C. Stearns is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale. He specializes in life history evolution, which links...
Topics: Evolution (Biology), Medical genetics, Human evolution, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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An International Studies Colloquium presentation by Patricia Siplon, associate professor of political science at Saint Michael's College, and 2003 Vermont Professor of the Year. She is the author of AIDs and the Policy Struggle in the United States (2002), and AIDs Treatment Activism in the Era of Globalization (forthcoming). International Studies colloquium lunchtime series
Topics: AIDS (Disease), AIDS activists, Medicine, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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The 1992-1995 battle for Sarajevo was the longest siege in modern history. It was also the most internationalized, attracting a vast contingent of aid workers, UN soldiers, journalists, smugglers, and embargo-busters. The city took center stage under an intense global media spotlight, becoming the most visible face of post-Cold War conflict and humanitarian intervention. However, some critical activities took place backstage, away from the cameras, including extensive clandestine trading across...
Topics: Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina), Smuggling, Black market, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Fravel examines China's efforts to settle territorial disputes. M. Taylor Fravel is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Topics: China, Foriegn relations, Diplomacy, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Mr. Makovsky reports on the state of Israel's relationship with its neighbors from Israel's perspective as a context for the policy options that the Obama administration should pursue in the Middle East. Director of The Washington Institute's Project on the Middle East Peace Process, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. His commentary on the peace process and the Arab-Israeli conflict has appeared in publications such...
Topics: Israel, Foriegn relations, Arab-Israeli conflict, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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This year's symposium focused on how national identities have been expressed, challenged and negotiated through film. The speakers present various perspectives. Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi-born poet, novelist and filmmaker. He left Iraq in 1991 after the Persian Gulf War and currently teaches Arabic literature at New York University. His poems and essays have been widely published in both Arabic and English. He returned to his native Baghdad in 2003 as a member of InCounter Productions to...
Topics: Globalization, Motion pictures, Arab cinema, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Professor Tambiah talks about the tsunami's devastating impact on Sri Lanka, and how reconstruction efforts are hampered by the country's ongoing ethnic conflicts. Stanley Tambiah is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Research Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. Charles P. Scott symposium. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs Part of the series entitled Religion, nation and state
Topics: Ethnic conflict, Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004, Sri Lanka, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Professor Akaha discusses the pressing human security issues in East Asia and the scope and form of institutionalization of regional cooperation dealing with these issues, with a particular focus on human trafficking, labor migration, and HIV/AIDS, three of the most challenging human security issues in the region. Dr. Tsuneo Akaha is professor of international policy studies, director of the Center for East Asian Studies, and M-Squared academic program coordinator for the Monterey...
Topics: Human rights, Human trafficking, AIDS (Disease), Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Internationally renowned artist Spencer Finch gives an illustrated lecture about his experiences producing public art installations. Finch's work probes both the transience and permanence of the human experience. His installations explore the phenomena of light, color and shadow, distilling works of poetry and literature, as well as engaging the natural world and the physical sciences. Spencer Finch is an American artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the...
Topics: Installations (Art), Public art, Art, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Mr. Soltan explains the purpose of linguistic theories by focusing on the theory of universal grammar. He explains how it is exhibited across different languages and also how it may be applied to the study of child language or the stage during which children are first learning their languages. Usama Soltan is assistant professor of Arabic at Middlebury College. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is interested in cross-linguistic diversity of languages....
Topics: Language acquisition, Nativism (Psychology), Typology (Linguistics), Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
This year's symposium focused on how national identities have been expressed, challenged and negotiated through film. The speakers present various perspectives. Romuald Fonkoua is Professor at the Institute of French Literature of the University Marc Bloch. He has published widely on 19th- and 20th-century French literature, comparative literature, socio-linguistics, cultural anthropology and francophone film. He has published numerous articles on Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Senghor, Césaire...
Topics: Culture and globalization, Motion pictures and literature, Postcolonialism, Lectures, Middlebury...
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Prof. Dunning challenges the conventional wisdom that natural resource wealth promotes autocracy. Oil and other forms of mineral wealth can promote both authoritarianism and democracy, Dunning argues, but they do so through different mechanisms; an understanding of these different mechanisms can help elucidate when either the authoritarian or democratic effects of resource wealth will be relatively strong. Exploiting game-theoretic tools and statistical modeling as well as detailed country case...
Topics: Economics, Petroleum, Natural resources, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Discussion of "building science" - the analysis and control of the physical phenomena affecting buildings used to to optimize building performance, to reduce energy use, and to ensure the comfort and safety of the occupants. Presented by Thomas Hand '06 and Jamie Hand '08 of Hand Energy Services located in Dorset, Vermont. Howard E. Woodin colloquium lecture series
Topics: Energy conservation, Residential architecture, Heating, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
It has often been argued that voter turnout in the United States is too low, particularly compared with turnout in other industrialized democracies, and that a healthy democracy should have higher turnout. Yet, an economist might argue, that it is surprising turnout is as high as it is, given the likelihood that any individual's vote will change the election outcome is vanishingly small in elections of reasonable size. Professor Henry Farber presents a short tour of economist's view of what...
Topics: Voting, Political participation, Elections, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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This year's symposium focused on how national identities have been expressed, challenged and negotiated through film. The speakers present various perspectives. The German and Jewish director has been making films for more than four decades. In 1938, when he was nine years old, his family fled the Nazi regime to Uruguay. He returned to Germany in 1956. The topics of his films are international, frequently dealing with political struggles in Latin America and other parts of the world. Middlebury...
Topics: Motion pictures and literature, Cosmopolitainism, Film directors, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
On the event of her 100th birthday, philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis established a new program to encourage and support motivated youth to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world in the 21st century. One hundred student proposals from colleges and universities participating in the Davis United World College Scholars Program were selected in 2007 and 2008 to receive funding for their summer projects. Two projects from Middlebury were funded by Mrs. Davis...
Topics: Students, International studies, Colloquia, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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This year's symposium focused on how national identities have been expressed, challenged and negotiated through film. The speakers present various perspectives. Domenichelli is a professor of English Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Florence. He has published books on various subjects such as English Petrarchism, numerous 19th-century writers, and 16th- and 17th-century drama. He has been the national coordinator of research on the anti-theatrical prejudice in Europe...
Topics: Motion pictures, Popular culture in literature, European identity, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Thacker's research focuses on the effect of democracy on three aspects of development: health or human development, environmental quality, and economic openness. His research combines an empirical approach with classical historical analysis. Associate professor of International Relations, and Director of Latin American Studies program, Boston U. Author of the books: A centripetal theory of democratic governance and Big business, the state, and free trade: constructing coalitions in Mexico. Q...
Topics: Democratization, Empirical method, Statistical methods, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Topics: King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968, Keynote speeches, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Storey discusses the drivers of globalization and presents it as an interplay between American hegemony and local resistance. Storey is Director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland (UK). He is the author of several books and articles about globalization and popular culture. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs Middlebury College. Dept. of French Middlebury College. Dept. of Spanish Middlebury College. Dept. of...
Topics: Popular culture, Globalization, Hegemony, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Kanter considers the early artistic traditions of the quattrocento, from the Gothic style of Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise to the advent of Masaccio and the classical ideals of Donatello and of Filippo Brunelleschi, and introduces a number of alternative readings of history. Laurence Kanter is the Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of Early European Art, Yale University Art Gallery.
Topics: Florence (Italy), Gothic art, Renaissance, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
The role of the EU in assessing public finance needs and legislating the coordination of national security systems, including portability of pension rights for people who move across borders. European Commission, Belgium Part of the series entitled 10th anniversary of the Euro
Topics: Demographics, Aging, Elder people, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Mr. Haidari discusses Afghanistan's progress in building a democratic state and the obstacles to the country's long-term reconstruction. In addition, he talks about the US-Afghan relations and highlight the importance of continued US and international engagement in Afghanistan for maintaining peace and security in the world. Mr. Haidari is First Secretary of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington D.C. Keynote address of a student-organized symposium sponsored by the Student Government...
Topics: Afghanistan War, Afghanistan, Postwar reconstruction, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Gilani discusses the widespread Muslim protests in 2005-06 over 12 cartoons depicting Islam--including some of the prophet Muhammed--that were published in a Danish newspaper. Professor Gilani is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. Charles P. Scott symposium. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs Part of the series entitled Religion, nation and state
Topics: Globalization, Islam, Denmark, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Has reported from Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, India, and Bangladesh. He speaks Persian and Urdu. He has written for Slate, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and others. In January 2008, he was expelled from Pakistan after his article “Next-Gen Taliban” was published in The New York Times Magazine.
Topics: Pakistan, Travel, Schmidle, Nicholas--Travel--Pakistan, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Oldham discusses the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Phil Oldham '90 is Regional Director, West and Central Africa, Mercy Corps. International Studies colloquium lunchtime series
Topics: Congo (Democratic Republic), Mercy Corps, Humanitarian assistance, American--Congo (Democratic...
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Hammond is an archaeology professor at Boston University, specialising in the archaeology of Maya lowland sites in Belize. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs.
Topics: Mayas, History, Latin America, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Using case studies from Colombia, Yugoslavia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Aceh, Zimbabwe, and El Salvador, this presentation will evaluate zones of peace created during and after war Middlebury/Monterey lecture series
Topics: Zones of peace, Civil War, Conflict management, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Mr. Kritkausky discusses the need for creation of global standards of corporate social responsibility, and the assistance of small and medium-sized enterprises in Vermont and China in developing sustainable marketing strategies and viable positions in the value chain as they seek to become more environmentally and socially sustainable. He has directed ECOLOGIA research on China's "socially responsible" entrepreneurs, a hopeful and neglected business subculture in China, and talks...
Topics: Social responsibility of business, China, Sustainable development, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Loeb describes what gets people – especially students – involved in working for change; how community involvement can give us a powerful sense of connection and purpose, nurturing hope in a time of fear; and how we can avoid burning out in exhaustion over the long term. Paul Loeb is the author of “Soul of A Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time” and “The Impossible Will Take A Little While”. He has written for a range of publications including the New York Times,...
Topics: College students, Campus politics, Political activism, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Skinner explores the following questions: How hard can it be to reform the United States health care system? Have other countries figured out a better way? Why do health care costs vary so much across regions? What’s needed to fix American health care? And why is doing something about health care cost growth critical? Skinner is the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Chair of Economics at Dartmouth College and Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy...
Topics: Health care, Politics, United States, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Explores the political origins of secure property rights for Russian businesses, based on survey evidence collected in 2004. Firms in regions with greater electoral competition are (1) better protected from government corruption, (2) more influential in shaping new rules and regulations at the regional level, and (3) more apt to have expanded or renovated their capital stock. Those that are members of business associations are also characterized by stronger property rights, though the impact of...
Topics: Russian Federation, Politics, Right of property, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Rob Schlesinger '94 discusses his first book, an entertaining and well-researched study of White House speechwriters. Robert Schlesinger '94 is deputy assistant managing editor at US News & World Report. He is the author of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters. International Studies Colloquium Lunchtime series. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Topics: Speechwriting, Ghostwriting, Presidents, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Haass--a member of the National Security Council staff for the first President Bush and the director of policy planning in the State Department for Bush II--contrasts the decisions that shaped the conduct of the two Iraq wars and makes a crucial distinction between the 1991 and 2003 conflicts, while offering an examination of the means and ends of U.S. foreign policy: how it should be made, what it should seek to accomplish, and how it should be pursued. Richard Haass is president of the...
Topics: Iraq War, 2003-, Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-, Persian Gulf War, 1991, Lectures,...
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Prior to his position as ambassador to the U.S., Petr Kolar served as deputy minister of foreign affairs for bilateral relations in the Czech Republic. He has also served as ambassador to Ireland and Sweden. From1998-1999 he was adviser for European Integration and the Balkans to Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic. He has held numerous diplomatic and research posts.
Topics: Czech Republic, Foriegn relations, United States, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Mapping and evaluating marine cultural landscapes allows scientists and researchers to gain new understanding of the roles of maritime activities within specific societies, to discover patterns of maritime-based interactions between cultures, and to develop a better long term understanding of human impacts on specific maritime ecosystems. It also allows a long term analysis of the human aspects of environmental change, and a clearer identification of important cultural variables such as trade...
Topics: Underwater archaeology, Maritime anthropology, Ocean and civilization, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Dr William Potter started his presentation by outlining several of the more positive – yet in his opinion often neglected – features of the NPT. Mr Potter pointed out that the NPT is the treaty with the broadest membership in the world. Although there are four notable exceptions (including the DPRK), almost the entire international community has voluntarily chosen to ratify the treaty. Mr Potter also argued that despite fatalistic forecasts about proliferation cascades, the pace of...
Topics: Nuclear nonproliferation, Nuclear weapons, Nuclear disarmament, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Stephen Walt offers a preliminary assesment of President Obama's foreign policy and handling of foreign affairs. Stephen M. Walt,is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2005. Professor Walt is the author of numerous articles and books on international relations, national security policy, and U.S. foreign policy. His most recent...
Topics: Obama, Barack, Foriegn relations, Politics, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Public diplomacy has become a major instrument for the European Union, its member states, and its peoples to position themselves in the world at the beginning of the 21st century. In what way will this newly formulated diplomacy influence transatlantic relations? Redonnet is Professor Emeritus at the University de Paris-Sorbonne and served as Director of the Middlebury College French School from 1998-2003. International Studies Colloquium Lunchtime series. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for...
Topics: Foriegn relations, Diplomacy, Europe, Lectures, Middlebury College
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In this lecture Richard Saunders discusses the journey taken to build an art collection for the Middlebury College Museum of Art since his arrival in 1985. His talk will consider such important ingredients as a compass, luck, patience, money, expertise, creativity, and friends, all of which have been essential elements in determining the direction the collection has taken. Richard Saunders is the Director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Walter Cerf Distinguished College...
Topics: Art museums, College museums, Collection management, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Anthropologists convene to discuss race issues in French politics, what Obama represents for the French, and the implications of his election in France in light of recent race tensions and violence there. David Berliss is an associate professor and chair of the department of anthropology at the University of New Orleans; Beth Epstein is an assistant director of New York University in Paris; Anne Raulin is a professor of anthropology at the Université de Paris X; William Poulin-Deltour is an...
Topics: History of France, Africans in France, Race relations, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Professor Mitchell’s talk addresses issues regarding health care, social security, and public pensions and whether echoes of the past in current political and social movements presage future developments as the baby boomers move into retirement. David K. Smith lecture
Topics: Aging, Economics, Baby boomers, Lectures, Middlebury College
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An invigorating account of how some communities have successfully countered the spread of big boxes and rebuilt their local economies. Stacy Mitchell is the author of “Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses” (2006). Christian A. Johnson Lecture
Topics: Chain stores, Retail trade, Small businesses, Lectures, Middlebury College
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A lecture by Igor Lukes, History professor at Boston University on the events leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall in fall 1989. This lecture is part of a week-long event called Freedom Without Walls co-sponsored by the German Embassy to the US in Washington, DC., commemorating 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall in November 1989. Part of the series entitled Freedom without walls
Topics: Berlin Wall, Cold War, Germany, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Pinder surveys an array of Black American artists who have confronted the racial memories of the past in their work. Her lecture accompanies the exhibition at Middlebury College Museum of Art, Confronting history: contemporary artists envision the past. Kymberly Pinder is associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently chair of the Dept. of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. She is a visiting Twilight Scholar at Middlebury College, and an authority in the field...
Topics: African American art, African American artists, Walker, Kara Elizabeth, Lectures, Middlebury College
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An International Studies Colloquium presentation by Edward Knox, College Professor Emeritus, French. He has spoken and written on contemporary American writing about France, and now proposes to do an overview of how Americans have written about Italy in the last dozen years.
Topics: Italy, Travel, American authors, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Oxfeld examines the embedded meanings of food in a very local village context (Moonshadow Pond Village, Mei Xian, Guandong) and the way food is used to create meaning and to create relationships. Ellen Oxfeld is Professor of Anthropology at Middlebury College. International Studies Colloquium Lunchtime series. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Topics: Mei Xian, Diet, Gardening, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Professor Roberts discusses the emergence of race-based biotechnologies and how they relate to health. Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, with joint appointments in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology and as faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research. She has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare....
Topics: Biotechnology, Ethics of technology, Health and race, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Rutland discusses the status of Russian democracy in the wake of the 2008 election. Peter Rutland is one of the West's leading commentators on contemporary Russian politics. He is a Professor of Government at Wesleyan University and the author of several books. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs Part of the series entitled Russian presidential election
Topics: Post-communism, Russian Federation, Elections, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Steele’s talk explores unseen pressures on the academic performance of certain groups — groups whose abilities are negatively stereotyped, such as women in math and minorities in most academic fields. Claude Steele, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, was a Middlebury College Visiting Twilight Scholar from Sept. 21-23, 2008. Twilight Scholars Program
Topics: Intergroup relations, Group identity, Academic achievement, Lectures, Middlebury College
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