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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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Aditya Mahendra Raval, from the Class of 1998, is the State Department producer for ABC News. On 9-11, he was sent to cover the attack at the Pentagon. He served as an associate producer for the Justice Department beat specializing in covering civil liberties in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. In the run-up to the war in Iraq, he was sent to Cairo, Egypt to report on the Arab viewpoint. During the actual war, he was stationed at US Central Command Headquarters in Doha, Qatar reporting...
Topics: International relations, Diplomacy, United States, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (77 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Lecture sponsored by Environmental Affairs, Dean of the College Office, Biology Department, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Atwater Commons, and Wonnacott Commons. Overfishing, habitat destruction, global warming and other human-induced activities have contributed to a severe decline in ocean biodiversity, yet public awareness of the changes and their implications for the future has been minimal....
Topics: Oceanography, United States, Marine resources, Research, Environmental ethics, Lectures
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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.
Lecture; 1 mini-dv (52 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. In 2004, Bernard-Henri Levy, a French writer and philosopher, set out to retrace Alexis de Tocqueville's 1831 visit to the United States for The Atlantic Monthly. Published by Random House in January 2006, "American Vertigo" includes Levy's interview-based portraits representing a full spectrum of American culture. Knox says, "Levy has written a controversial book on America, which has puzzled...
Topics: United States, National characteristics, Levy, Bernard Henri, Philosophy, National culture, Lectures
Lecture; 1 mini-dv (72 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Contrary to popular myth, it wasn't Thomas Jefferson, who bequeathed to us the image of a "wall of separation" between church and state. More than a century before Jefferson, a Puritan deviant named Roger Williams (1603- 1683) used the phrase to argue for religious freedom in New England. Professor Davis will introduce this outcast champion of religious liberty, show how Williams turned his Calvinist...
Topics: Williams, Roger, 1604?-1683, Freedom of religion, Religious pluralism, United States, National...
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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Ms. Arnson, Deputy Director of the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, speaks about issues related to the peace process, human rights, and U.S. policy in Latin America.
Topics: Human rights, Latin America, United States, Foreign relations, International affairs, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (73 min.) Part of the Charles P. Scott symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Introductory tribute to Charles P. Scott by Burke Rochford Williams traces the contemporary development of transnational religion, especially in India, and its impact on the formation of an American identity.
Topics: India, Immigration, United States, Religious pluralism, Religion, Lectures
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1 mini-dv (86 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Trenin discusses President Vladimir Putin's speech before the Munich Conference on Security Policy in February 2007 and frames it as Putin's setting new rules of engagement with the U.S. Trenin's lecture was given on the day of Boris Yeltsin's funeral and he precedes his talk with a long and personal eulogy to Yeltsin.
Topics: Yeltsin, Boris Nikolayevich, 1931-2007, Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1952-, Russian Federation,...
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1 mini-dv (82 min.) Part of the Breaking down the barriers: women in the work force series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Hartmann's talk focuses on pay equity and gender inequality in the work force.
Topics: Pay equity, Sexual division of labor, Gender issues, Labor, United States, Lectures
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Bacevich explains the nature and underlying logic of U.S. strategy in the global war on terror to date, and why that strategy has failed. It also provides a sense of where that failure leaves U.S. foreign policy at the end of the Bush administration, identifies the most significant legacies of the Bush era, and explains the most problematic constraints that the next U.S. president will face. Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor of international relations and history at Boston University....
Topics: United States, Foriegn relations, International diplomacy, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (64 min.) Part of the Charles P. Scott symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Charles P. Scott Lecture Series Fund. Smith presents a wide-ranging talk that covers the history of Muslim immigration to the West; the generational, cultural and religious differences in American Muslim communities; American secularism; and the issues around 9/11.
Topics: Islam, Immigration, United States, Religious pluralism, National culture, Lectures
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A review of issues affecting the U.S. economy includes entitlements, health care, energy, trade, immigration, education, and R&D development. Allan Hubbard formerly served as an Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director, National Economic Council. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Topics: Economics, United States, Economic policy, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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1 mini-dv (85 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Rose discusses the effects of Bush administration policies on the current situation in the Middle East and advocates a policy of restraint by the U.S.
Topics: Anti-Americanism, Middle East, Politics, United States, International affairs, Lectures
Lecture; 1 mini-dv (60 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. This lecture explains the reasons for the U.S. iron industry's halting, uneven, and often failed efforts to match the scale and technology of British iron-making in the decades leading up to the Civil War. Geography, geology, labor relations, economic cycles and luck all played a part.
Topics: Iron industry, Manufacturing, Modernization, United States, History, Lectures
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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.
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1 mini-dv (86 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. The Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission discusses the official investigation.
Topics: September 11 Terrorist Attacks, Terrorism, United States, International affairs, Politics, Lectures
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1 mini-dv (99 min.) Part of the Sub-Saharan Africa symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Africa is becoming the most important and fastest growing source of oil for both the U.S. and China. Klare discusses the little-noticed creation in February 2007 of the Africa Command, the first regional military command created by the U.S. in twenty-five years.
Topics: Petroleum, United States, Petroleum industry and trade, Africa, Resource conflict, Lectures
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1 mini-dv (88 min.) Part of the Nicholas R. Clifford symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. A discussion of Islamic thinking and religious beliefs in the American Muslim community.
Topics: Islam, United States, Muslims, International affairs, Politics, Panel discussions
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1 mini-dv (58 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Israel, United States, Cold War, International affairs, Politics, Lectures
Lecture; 1 mini-dv (156 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Sponsored by the Dean of Student Affairs Office, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Cook, Ross, and Wonnacott Commons, the Women and Gender Studies Program and Chellis House, the German Department, and the Writing for Social Change class. Wise discusses white identity, the social dynamics of race, and the impact of racism on the majority race.
Topics: Race, Racism, White privilege, Equality, United States, Lectures
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1 mini-dv (54 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. A wide-ranging conversation about the significant role religion plays in international relations. Robison recommends a library of recent books on religion and politics.
Topics: Religion, International affairs, United States, Foreign relations, National culture, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (76 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. General Odom publicly warned against invading Iraq before the event, remained silent on the matter until April 2004 when he publicly called for the earliest withdrawal feasible, and in the fall of 2005 declared that it is likely to be "the greatest strategic disaster in American history." Since that time he has called for the United States to "cut and run" from Iraq in order to escape the...
Topics: Iraq War, Foreign relations, Hegemony, United States, Politics, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (60 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Introduction by Febe Armanios. Representative Palarino discusses the oversight role of Congress and U.S. policy in the Middle East, and illustrates the talk with two case studies: one on the Palestinian elections, the other on Iraq.
Topics: Middle East, Diplomacy, International affairs, Politics, United States, Lectures
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John Lewis Gaddis, Professor of History, Yale University, author of The U.S. and the Origins of the Cold War, We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History; The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past; and Surprise, Security, and the American Experience, discusses American grand strategy. Charles S. Grant memorial lectures. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Topics: History, Modern history, United States, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (89 min.) Part of the Nicholas R. Clifford symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Four speakers, in individual talks, discuss Islamic political thought and conditions in post-invasion Iraq.
Topics: Islam, Politics, Iraq War, International affairs, United States, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (54 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. The flood of November 1927 was the greatest disaster ever to strike Vermont. Though it's usually seen simply as part of state and local history, the story of Vermont's recovery illuminates much about America's passage through the troubled decade of the 1920's.
Topics: Floods, Vermont, History, 20th Century, United States, 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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.