Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series 2014-2015

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 (with the exception of the April 8th lecture) will be held in The Orchard (Room 103), The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

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

John Bertolini, Department of English and American Literatures, “The Hitchcock You Don’t Know but YouTube Does.”

Wednesday, October 8, 4:30 p.m.

Brett Millier, Department of English and American Literatures, “Madame La Blanche: Reflections of a Year in Cameroon.”

Wednesday, October 29, 4:30 p.m.

Enrique Garcia, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, “Zombies, Outsiders and Revolutionaries: Juan of the Dead and the Resurrection of Cuban Cinema.”

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

Edward Vazquez, Department of History of Art and Architecture, “Reading Fred Sandback’s Sculpture: Permutation and Artist’s Books in the 1970s.”

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

Natalie Eppelsheimer, Department of German, “Teaching Difficult Topics in a Foreign Language: The Holocaust In German (Studies) Curriculum.”

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

Ananya Christman, Department of Computer Science, “Maximizing Revenue for Online Dial A Ride.”

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

Kareem Khalifa, Department of Philosophy, “Scientific and Moral Understanding.”

Wednesday, February 18, 4:30 p.m.

Nathaniel Nesmith, Department of Theatre, “Oral History: Contributions and Connections of Theatre to the Civil Rights Movement.”

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

Pat Manley and Tom Manley, Department of Geology, “All Things Lake Champlain.”

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

David Stoll, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, “Rednecks, Latinos and the Next American Melting Pot.”

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

Marybeth Nevins, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, “Maidu Language Creation Stories in a Shared Californian Landscape.”

Wednesday, April 8, 4:30 p.m. (will be held in Mead Chapel)

Jeff Buettner, Department of Music, with College Chaplains Laurie Jordan, Ira Schiffer, Naila Baloch and Beau Scurich, “One City, Three Faiths, Four Chaplains and a Choir.”

Wednesday, April 29, 4:30 p.m.

Jon Isham, Department of Economics, “Social Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts: Promise and Pitfalls.”


Refreshments will be served