Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series 2016-2017

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

All lectures will be held in The Orchard (Room 103), The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest. Please note that a class is in session in this room until 4:15 p.m. These dates are tentative; lecturers and topics will be posted soon.


Wednesday, October 5, 4:30 p.m.

Shawna Shapiro, Writing Program and Linguistics Program, “From Trauma to Resilience: New Directions for Literacy Education Research in Refugee Resettlement Communities”


Wednesday, October 19, 4:30 p.m.

Matt Dickinson, Department of Political Science, “How I Squandered My Leave Year Chasing Presidential Candidates Across the Country in a Quixotic Bid to Make Campaign Coverage Great Again and Predict the Winner of the 2016 Election”


Wednesday, November 2, 4:30 p.m.

Rich Wolfson, Department of Physics, “Wild Sun! A Drama in Three Acts”

Wednesday, November 30, 4:30 p.m.

Claire de Dobay Rifelj, Independent Art Historian, Writer, and Curator, “Artist-Run Spaces in Los Angeles: Tradition or Trend?


Wednesday, December 7, 4:30 p.m.

Kemi Fuentes-George, Department of Political Science, “Local Culture, International Treaties: The Effect of Norms on Global Environmental Governance”


Wednesday, January 25, 4:30 p.m.

Patricia Saldarriaga, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, “Spheres of God and Knowledge: Geometrizing Power in Hispanic Visual Culture”


Wednesday, February 1, 4:30 p.m.

Pieter Broucke, Department of the History of Art and Architecture; Director of Arts, “Architecture from the Twilight of the Ptolemies: The Temple of Apollo on Yeronisos, Cyprus”


Wednesday, February 22, 4:30 p.m.

Sunhee Choi, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Cisplatin Story: Discovery of the First Chemotherapeutic Drug”


Wednesday, March 15, 4:30 p.m.

Dima Ayoub, Department of Arabic, “Cartographies of Translation: Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love Between English and Arabic”


Wednesday, April 5, 4:30 p.m.

Gary Margolis, Executive Director Emeritus, College Mental Health Services; Department of English and American Literatures, “Time Inside: Poems of the Prohibited, Poetry Reading, and Reflections from Teaching in a Maximum Security Prison”


Wednesday, April 12, 4:30 p.m.

Krista Miranda, Dance Program, “’I wasn’t made to click.  But with you I Click”: Constructing the Prosthetic Body in Claire Cunningham’s Dance Theater”


Wednesday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.

Irina Feldman, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Nikolina Debrova, Department of Film and Media Culture, “Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer: The Train of History, Ideology, and Environmental Alternatives”