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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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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.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
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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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 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.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 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.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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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.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 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.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 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.
Middlebury Special Collections
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Examines an important figure of Italian fascist propaganda called the donna-crisi, or “crisis-woman,” as she is represented in several of Italy’s most widely-read satirical gazettes. The central argument is that these texts that shed significant light on how the crisis-woman functioned as an instrument of propaganda.
Topics: Italy, Fascism, Women, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Ms. Barma explores political, economic, and social issues common to diverse East Asian countries, the development challenges they face, and the role of the World Bank in promoting and facilitating growth in that region. Naazneen Barma joined the World Bank in September 2007 as a Young Professional. She is a Public Sector Specialist in the East Asia and Pacific Region, focusing on governance and civil service reform and political economy analysis. Her work is currently oriented around...
Topics: East Asia, Economic development, World Bank, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Moderator Jason Mittell and panelists Rebecca Bennette, Daniel Brayton, Rachael Joo, and Christian Keathley discuss how the relationship between memory and place functions in literature, art, and culture. This topic was inspired by the fact that we had just transformed our old library – which was the College’s centennial building in 1900 – into a center for literary and cultural studies. Jason Mittell, American Studies and Film & Media Culture; Rebecca Bennette, History; Rachel Joo,...
Topics: Memory, Landscape in literature, Group identity, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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The link is perhaps the single most revolutionary device within the web. While it shares certain attributes with the footnote, the endnote, and the citation, it lacks the long evolution that distinguish our print-based traditions of pointing readers to new and related materials. As a result, what it gains in immediacy it loses in its ability to reliably deliver not only the material its author intended to be delivered, but often over time, its ability to deliver anything at all. Through a...
Topics: Hypermedia, World Wide Web, Computer-assisted instruction, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Seven Middlebury College faculty members present research in their individual fields of inquiry on the theme of climate change. Middlebury College faculty symposium. Middlebury College. Dept. of Physics Middlebury College. Dept. of Biology Middlebury College. Dept. of Geology Middlebury College. Dept. of Economics Middlebury College. Environmental Studies Program
Topics: Climate change, Global warming, Environmental studies, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
An analysis of the conservative movement, which Edwards believes has abandoned the ideals for which it once stood. Edwards is a Lecturer of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a member of the Princeton Project on National Security. He is also a Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership. International Studies colloquium lunchtime series
Topics: Conservatism, Republican Party, Political history, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
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Michelle McCauley, professor of psychology at Middlebury College, is interested in using psychology to help encourage and motivate pro-environmental behaviors. In this talk, McCauley shares a brief background on Conservation Psychology, which seeks to use what we know about psychology specifically to encourage and understand conservation behaviors. In addition, she will discuss some of the questions she and her students are trying to address regarding motivation, attitudes, and...
Topics: Conservation of natural resources, Environmentalism, Environmental responsibility, Lectures,...
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Discusses types of activities that are required to take people out of poverty and the role of social institutions in shaping the survival strategies of the poor. Michael Woolcock is Professor of Social Science and Development Policy, and Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute. From 1998-2007 he was a member of the Poverty Team within the Development Research Group at the World Bank, and from 2000-2006 was also a part-time Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s...
Topics: Economics, Poverty, Public welfare, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Undertaking internships and international opportunities for study and research
Topics: Research, Internship programs, International research, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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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. Michael Klare is professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College. Klare has written extensively on arms trade and world security and is the author of “Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s...
Topics: Africa, Department of Defense, Petroleum industry and trade, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Rabbi Cohen speaks about the ecology and environmental challenges in Israel and the Middle East, and about the efforts of Arava Institute to bring together Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, and other students, in order to facilitate communication about and generating solutions for environmental and social problems in the Middle East. Rabbi Michael M. Cohen is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and was the Rabbi of the Israel Congregation in Manchester Center, Vermont from 1990-2000. Rabbi...
Topics: Middle East, Environmental education, Environmental degradation, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Kinder discusses The Labyrinth Project, an art collective and research initiative on interactive cinema and database narrative at USC's Annenberg Center for Communication. Marsha Kinder is a Professor of Critical Studies, Comparative Literature, Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Southern California (USC) and Director of the Labyrinth Project. Kinder produces interactive narratives and installations in collaboration with visual artists and writers known for their experimentation with...
Topics: Interactive art, Interactive multimedia, Video art, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
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Schlessman is a professor of biology at Vassar and his research focuses on plant reproductive ecology and the evolution of sexual systems in plants. Nicholas R. Clifford symposium
Topics: Botany, Evolution (Biology), Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Colby Hill Ecological Project is a wilderness conservation and biodiversity monitoring effort on Vermont hill farms largely reclaimed by forest. Building a baseline of information about animals, plants and ecosystems, a handful of local researchers have worked to bring forth the story of the lands and document the legacy of a place conserved as "wild forever." Marc Lapin has been a consulting conservation biologist for two decades and now divides his work time between consulting and...
Topics: Wilderness areas, Biodiversity conservation, Vermont, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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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.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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From a Buddhist perspective, "right view" is an enlightened understanding of reality as relational and dynamic. Inspired by new neuroscience, this presentation explores the development of such a view in the interest of understanding systems and interdependence. The focus will be natural patterns. Laura Sewall is Director, Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area and the Shortridge Coastal Area at Bates College. Howard E. Woodin colloquium lecture series
Topics: Attention, Psychology, Neuroscience, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
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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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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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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Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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The world is urbanizing: more than half of the global population lives in cities, and almost all the projected population growth in the coming decades will be in urban areas in the developing world. This is potentially worrisome, given that today's cities consume three-quarters of the world's natural resources and generate three-quarters of the world's waste. On the other hand, cities have the potential to be extremely efficient. In this talk, MIT Professor Judith Layzer considers how cities...
Topics: Sustainable urban development, Urban ecology, Cities and towns--Growth--Environmental aspects,...
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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Schroeder explains how he created his map, which visualizes patterns in population trends throughout the major U.S. urban centers during the period, 1955-2000. He highlights two techniques that he used: namely, cascading density weighting and bicomponent trend mapping. Assistant Professor of Geography, Middlebury College Faculty Lecture Series
Topics: Cartography, Population, Visualizations, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 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.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Sep 5, 2019 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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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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 about establishing a research question, designing a project and research methodology
Topics: Fieldwork (Educational method), Social sciences, Methodologies, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Discusses the multi-dimensional aspects of proportionality that are not often considered or understood in traditional 'just-war' theory. Jeff McMahan, an American philosopher, was educated at Oxford and Cambridge, and is currently professor of philosophy at Rutgers University. He has written extensively on normative and applied ethics. His publications include The Morality of Nationalism (co-edited with Robert McKim; Oxford, 1997) and The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life...
Topics: War, Proportionality (Ethics), Ethics, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Jeff Langholtz is associate professor of International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California. He is founder and director of the Monterey Institute's Conservation Leadership Practicum and former head of its 70-student master's program in International Environmental Policy. Middlebury/Monterey lecture series
Topics: Environmental protection, Africa, Latin America, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Middlebury College Language Schools. Middlebury College. Portuguese School
Topics: Political science, Politicians, Brazil, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Jed Smith is a Managing Director of Catamount Ventures. Catamount is rooted in the in art and the creative process of company building and serves the gap in the market between angel investors and large venture funds. Prior to Catamount, in 1997 Jed was the founder of drugstore.com (NASDAQ: DSCM), and served on its board of directors. Prior to drugstore.com, Jed co-founded and spent four years at Cybersmith, a retail store chain that showcased the latest advances in information technology and...
Topics: Entrepeneurship, Environmental impact, Sustainable development, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Carroon speaks about incorporating "green" building techniques into restoring historic buildings. Jean Carroon, AIA, LEED, is Principal for Preservation at the architectural firm of Goody Clancy, Boston. Ms. Carroon, whose projects have included Trinity Church and the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston, is a national leader in appropriately integrating sustainable design with architectural preservation. Her lecture is part of the ongoing series exploring issues in design. Architecture...
Topics: Buildings, Sustainable architecture, Environmental studies, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Machácek discusses energy strategies and political relationships in the European countries and Russia. Machácek is deputy editor of Respekt Magazine in the Czech republic, and teaches at NYU Prague. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Topics: Natural gas, Energy production, Pipelines, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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The panel discusses the role that ideas have played in shaping U.S. policy. Douglas Irwin discusses the role of ideas in U.S. trade policy with contrast to Great Britain's trade policy; David Colander discusses the role of ideas in shaping key aspects of the relationship between the U.S. and Latin America; and Murray Dry talks about the role ideas played in the time of Hamilton, Madison, and Jefferson between a Republican government and Federalism. Guest panelist: Douglas A. Irwin--Department...
Topics: Idea (Philosophy), Trade, Latin America, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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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.
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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Professor Du is Assistant Professor of Chinese at Middlebury College. Language works
Topics: Chinese language, China, Students, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Seeing an “emerging environmental tragedy of unprecedented proportions,” Speth says his aim is to describe a non-socialist alternative to capitalism. That alternative includes moving to a post-growth society and environmentally honest prices, curbing consumerism with a new ethic of sufficiency, rolling back growing corporate control of American political life, and addressing the enormous economic insecurity of the average person. “My point of departure is the momentous environmental...
Topics: Environmental degradation, Environmental policy, Climatic changes, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Sustainable Study Abroad student presentations by grantees Kathleen (Kat) Hartley, Sophia University, Japan: Organic Farming in Japan; Stephanie Joyce, Unifersidad Austral de Chile (Middlebury School in Latin America): Glacial Meltwater as an Urban Resource; Deanna Tamborelli, Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (University of Virginia), Peru: Saving Peru's Waterways: The Effectiveness of Grassroots Environmental Activism
Topics: Environmentalism, Foreign study, Study abroad, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Gary Hirschberg, the organic yogurt producer, spoke to the debate surrounding genetically engineered (GE) crops, which, he said, pose problems from a freedom of choice perspective. Hirshberg spoke at length about the health benefits of organic, and about the advantages of limiting produce grown with potentially harmful chemicals, but he said that his is not an argument to exclude conventional growers — all he wants, he said, is to keep access to non-GE, organically farmed produce for those...
Topics: Food industry, Genetically modified foods, Organic farming, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
Sep 5, 2019 Middlebury College
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Learning about biological evolution presents particular challenges for students. Barriers to learning come in the form of students’ prior conceptions that conflict with the scientific perspective of biological change. Theory and research from developmental and educational psychology provide insight into these barriers. Helping students understand evolution is not simply a matter of adding to their existing knowledge, but rather, it means helping them to see the world in new and different...
Topics: Evolution (Biology), Science, Change (Psychology), Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Buyske reviews entrepreneurship and small business banking in Russia as it exists after perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Gail Buyske is currently a Senior Banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, based in Moscow. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs Part of the series entitled Microfinance, banking and entrepreneurship in Russia
Topics: Russian Federation, Microfinance, Small businesses, Lectures, Middlebury College
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Dr. Susan L. Ray is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, with a cross appointment to the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario. She is an Associate Scientist with the Health Outcomes & Health Services Group at Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario. She is also a member of the International Honor Society of Nurses, Omicron Iota Chapter. Her program of research focuses on the...
Topics: Refugees, Peace-building, War relief, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Assistant professor of political science at Middlebury College, appointed Director of European Studies in 2001.
Topics: Freedom of the press, Islam in mass media, Censorship, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Middlebury faculty economists scrutinize the U.S. financial crisis.
Topics: Mortgages, Forclosure, Economics, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
What can research tell us about the essential role sleep plays in helping us achieve our full learning potential? Study after study has shown that our brain performs crucial tasks of reviewing, organizing, and prioritizing while we sleep, consolidating what we have learned or practiced during the day. So the maximum benefit from studying or learning any sort of new skill takes place only after a good night's sleep. Dr. Attarian is Director of the Vermont Regional Sleep Center, and Assoc....
Topics: Sleep, Sleep deprivation, Psychology, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Through an analysis of the surviving Chinese and Western primary sources that address the subject, the presentation provides a narrative account of how yellowness of skin complexion came to be attributed to the Chinese as a people. International Studies colloquium lunchtime series
Topics: Chinese, Ethnology, Ethnic identity, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Childhood poverty, not individual lifestyle, is a more accurate predictor of heart and other diseases no matter how healthy and wealthy you become as an adult. Health inequalities are due to differences in living conditions, and living conditions are determined by social policy. The U.S. spends only 14% of GDP on social and public spending, comparing poorly with other developed countries. Mr. Raphael is professor of health policy at the School of Health Policy and Management, York University,...
Topics: Social status, Income distribution, Poverty, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Penguins are sentinels of the marine environment, and by observing and studying them, researchers can learn about the rate and nature of changes occurring in the southern oceans. As ocean samplers, penguins provide insights into patterns of regional ocean productivity and long-term climate variation. P. Dee Boersma, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. Her academic research is in the area of conservation biology and has focused on seabirds as...
Topics: Penguins, Global warming, Environmental studies, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Dedé Mirabal Reyes and Minou Tavárez Mirabal are descendants of the Mirabal family, activists whose history of resistance to Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship in the Dominican Republic during the 1960s made them worldwide symbols of political resistance. Their story is told in Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies. On November 25, 1960, Trujillo’s operatives killed the sisters, Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal, for their involvement in efforts to overthrow his...
Topics: Women, Violence against women, Dominican Republic, Lectures, Middlebury College
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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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A clear, balanced analysis of the contemporary corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement in the United States and Europe. Vogel discusses recent CSR initiatives and responds to new developments in the CSR debate. He asserts that while the movement has achieved success in improving some labor, human rights, and environmental practices in developing countries, there are limits to improving corporate conduct without more extensive and effective government regulation. Vogel believes that there...
Topics: Social responsibility of business, Business ethics, Virtue, 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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Tension between Catholics and Protestants rarely produces religious or ethnic violence in Latin America because neither side can rely on the state to support them. David Stoll is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Middlebury College. He has been studying religion and politics in Latin America since the 1970s. He is the author of Fishers of Men or Founders of Empire? The Wycliffe Bible Translators in Latin America, Is Latin America Turning Protestant and Rigoberta Mencha and the Story of All...
Topics: Nationalism, Latin America, Fundamentalism, 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.
Little speaks on the enduring legacy of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with particular attention to questions of freedom of religion. In response to skepticism regarding the very existence of norms human beings can all agree to protect, he sketches a philosophical justification of the human rights language codified in the U.N. Declaration. He also defends the Declaration's ideal of religious freedom, in particular against critics in predominantly religious societies...
Topics: Human rights, Freedom of religion, United Nations, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Blittersdorf advocates for wind energy and other clean renewable energy sources. David Blittersdorf is C.E.O. of Earth Turbines, Inc. and the founder and co-owner of NRG Systems. Howard E. Woodin colloquium lecture series
Topics: Wind power, Electric power production, Energy industry, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Topics: Orientalism, East and West, Colonialism, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Howard E. Woodin colloquium lecture series
Topics: Drug control, Colombia, Foriegn relations, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.