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Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series 2019-20

Join faculty, staff, and community members at the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series to hear faculty members discuss their research.


This lecture series is named for the late Carol de Dobay Rifelj, who came to Middlebury in 1972 as an Assistant Professor, serving also at that time as Director of the Château, and of the French House. Carol received tenure in 1979, was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1985, and was named Jean Thomson Fulton Professor of French in 1993. She retired from Middlebury in spring 2010 after 38 years on the faculty. An energetic scholar, Carol was the author of several books and numerous articles and essays. She was also active and innovative in electronic publication, producing a significant website, Le Lexique, that won a prize in 1996 from the American Association of Teachers of French and has continued to be an influential resource for French teachers worldwide.

During her time on the faculty, Carol served on all of the College’s major committees, and she held numerous administrative posts, serving as Dean of the French School from 1985 to 1987, as Dean of the Faculty from 1991 to 1993, and as the Dean for Faculty Development and Research from 2004 to 2007. Carol was an unstinting supporter and advocate for the faculty and their professional development. It is thus richly appropriate that this lecture series, which features Middlebury's own faculty, bears her name.

All are welcome to attend

Lectures will be held in The Orchard (Room 103), The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest unless otherwise noted. Please note that a class is in session in this room until 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16, 4:30 p.m.

Eilat Glikman, Department of Physics, “How to See a Black Hole”

 Wednesday, October 23, 4:30 p.m.

Linus Owens, Department of Sociology, “What Do You Want to be When You Don't Grow Up? Halloween and the End of Adulthood”

 Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 p.m.

Jamie McCallum, Department of Sociology, “This is What Democracy Looked Like!  The Long Shadow of Radical Politics Since the Battle of Seattle”

 Wednesday, November 20, 4:30 p.m.

Chris Herdman, Department of Physics, “Black Holes, Superfluids & Quantum Entanglement: How Information Shapes the Physical World”

 Wednesday, January 15, 4:30 p.m. in Axinn Center 232

Jason Mittell, Department of Film and Media Culture and Program in American Studies, “The Chemistry of Character in Breaking Bad: An Audiovisual Analysis”

 Wednesday, January 22, 4:30 p.m.

John McLeod, Department of History of Art and Architecture, “Designing for Real: Community-based Experiential Learning Through a Collaboration of Architectural Studies and Habitat for Humanity”

 Wednesday, January 29, 4:30 p.m.

Zohar Gazit, Program in Modern Hebrew, “Unrest and the Final Resting Place: The Struggle to Establish Civil Cemeteries in Israel”

 Wednesday, February 19, 4:30 p.m.

Will Nash, Program in American Studies and Department of English and American Literatures, “'John Brown Did Nothing Wrong’: Re-Imagining an American Martyr”

 Wednesday, February 26, 4:30 p.m.

Nic Poppe, Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies, “In the Movie Listings: Social Imaginaries and Mexican Film Culture in late-1930s San Antonio”

 Wednesday, March 4, 4:30 p.m.

Cates Baldridge, Department of English and American Literatures, “Reading ‘Against the Grain’—Putting Literature on a Paleo Diet”

 Wednesday, March 11, 4:30 p.m.

Molly Anderson, Program in Food Studies, “Food System Transformation:  What Do We Think We're Doing and Will It Work?”

 Wednesday, March 18, 4:30 p.m.

Michael Olinick, Department of Mathematics, “The Enigma of Alan Turing’s Death: Suicide, Accident or Political Assassination?”

 Wednesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m.

Patricia Saldarriaga, Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies, “Decolonizing Zombies in Latin America!”

 Wednesday, April 22, 4:30 p.m. in McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216

Sunhee Choi, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Two Tales of Basic Research Leading to the Development of Drugs Against Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease”