Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series 2015-2016

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

Wednesday, October 14, 4:30 p.m.

Carole Cavanaugh, Department of Japanese Studies, “Thinking about Thinking in The Tale of Genji”

Wednesday, October 21, 4:30 p.m.

William Hart, Department of History, and Kathy Morse, Department of History/Environmental Studies Program, “Many Thousand Gone and Fifty Years of Green: Collaborative Exhibits In and Beyond the Classroom”

Wednesday, October 28, 4:30 p.m.

Kirsten Hoving, Department of History of Art & Architecture, “Containing Wonder: Joseph Cornell and the Legacy of the Curiosity Cabinet”

Wednesday, November 11, 4:30 p.m.

Karin Gottshall, Department of English and American Literatures, “The New Political Poetry in America”

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

Abhijeet Paul, Program in Comparative Literature, “Death and Mourning (Taking cues from debt practices, mourning, and work in South Asian textile communities)”

Wednesday, January 27, 4:30 p.m.

Glen Ernstrom, Department of Biology/Program in Neuroscience, “How Acid Helps Neurons Talk”

Wednesday, February 17, 4:30 p.m.

Eric Davis, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, “The Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign: An Outsider Seeks the Democratic Nomination”

Wednesday, February 24, 4:30 p.m.

Alicia Peaker, Center for Teaching, Learning & Research, “Digital Readings and ‘Ferny, Mossy Discoveries’: Visualizing the Natural Worlds of Mary Webb’s Gone to Earth”

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

Mario Higa, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, “Poetry and Logocentrism: Reading Octavio Paz from Jacques Derrida’s Perspective”

Wednesday, March 9, 4:30 p.m.

Nir Avieli, Program in Modern Hebrew, “Dog Meat Politics: Food and Power in a Vietnamese Town”

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

Michael Sheridan, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, “Roots of Power: Ethnobotany and the Social Production of Space in Tropical Agrarian Societies”

Wednesday, April 20, 4:30 p.m.

Kemi Fuentes-George, Department of Political Science, “Why Justice Claims Matter for the Environment”

Wednesday, April 27, 4:30 p.m.

Brandon Baird and Marcos Rohena-Madrazo, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, “He Sounds Like He Plays Soccer: Perceptions of Spanish-accented English”

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

John McWilliams, Humanities, “Last Manuscript”