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2014-15

2013-2014

May 11 Kevin Chu '14 was awarded the John and Irene Mangione Memorial Fund in Education Studies during a reception at Wonnacott House.  The program congratulates Kevin for being a superb student, a marvelous human being, and we have no doubt that he will become a peerless teacher.

Apr 30 Meditations on Disabled Bodies, Natural Worlds, and a Politics of Cure, 4:30 Axinn 229

Mar 19 Long-term Returns to Investment in Early Childhood, 4:30 Hillcrest the Orchard

Mar 10 Success without Stress, Cal Newport, 7:00 Dana

Mar 7 Colloquium on Bilingualism, 3:00 RAJ Conference room

Feb 27 American Promise, 4:30 Twilight Auditorium

Jan 23-24 Social Entrepreneurship and the Future of Education

2012-2013

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May 8 Gabrielle Arca '13 was awarded the John and Irene Mangione Memorial Fund in Education Studies award during a reception at Wonnacott House.

April 3 Bully screening, Dana Auditorium 7:00

March 20 Bag It screening, Dana Auditorium 7:00

March 6 Precious Knowledge screening, Dana Auditorium 7:00

February 11 Twilight Hall 201, 3-4pm, Sally Alturki from the Dhahran Alliya School in Saudi Arabia will be here to give a talk about her school.   Internationally, this school offers a rare example of the best of Progressive Education taking place for boys and girls, K-12,  in one of the most authoritarian societies in the world. 

February 20 The First Year screening, Dana Auditorium 7:00

2011-2012

In May Amy Kwak was awarded the John and Irene Mangione Memorial Award in Education Studies for being an outstanding student with an expressed interest in education from the beginning of her time here.  She has concentrated her full efforts in completing the Minor in Elementary Education, including the upcoming student teaching semester, while bringing to bear the full weight of her knowledge, skills, and theories from her other minor, WAGS and her major, Sociology.  Amy is a critical thinker, one who will bring the principles of best practice, cultural awareness and social justice to any classroom she graces.

2010-2011

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Phi Beta Kappa announced their newest inductees and four Education Studies students were included, congratulations to Liana Fong, Laura Williams, Grant Conour, and Jessie Kimball

Dessert Reception at Brainerd Commons
Ray Queliz '11 receiving the John and Irene Mangione Memorial A

Ray Queliz '11 receiving the John and Irene Mangione Memorial Award in Education Studies

ward in Education Studies

 

Public Forums

 

Spring Film Series

 

10/29-10/31 Shaping The Future of Teacher Preparation Through the Liberal Arts, Mellon 23 Conference

10/28-10/29 Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education, annual meeting

2009 - 2010

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04/9-10 Takin’ It Like A Man: Troubling Gender in the Japanese Martial Art of Aikido

The experience of women martial arts teachers and their students provides a unique framework in which to examine the complex challenges of cracking gender stereotypes. In particular, women instructors have had to negotiate the rich tension between being stewards of an ancient, albeit male dominated, practice while simultaneously challenging attitudes that have served to limit both women’s and men’s opportunities to understand the deep teachings of these arts. This two-day event will consist of a series of presentations, demonstrations, open classes and facilitated discussions regarding the unique experience of women Aikido instructors and their students.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Education Studies Program, Japanese Department, Program in Women and Gender Studies and the Middlebury College Aikido Club.


Speakers & Events.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

Pre Conference Seminar 12-1pm, Chellis House.

“Takin’ It Like A Man: Troubling Gender in the Japanese Martial Art of Aikido.”
A discussion on power/gender dynamics in the practice of a Japanese martial art (aikido/合気道) with Linda White, 1st degree black belt  and Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies and Women and Gender Studies & Jonathan Miller-Lane, 2nd degree black belt and Assistant Professor of Education.

 

Friday, April 9.

Event One: Facilitated Roundtable Discussion.

Location: McCardell Bicentennial Hall 219.

Time: 12pm – 1:15pm.
“Understanding the meaning of Aikido practice in Japan and the USA.”
Greg Selover, Middlebury College class of 2010.  3rd kyu.

 

“Gender in a cross-cultural context: Aikido in the USA and Japan.”

Yuki Yoshida, Middlebury College Class of 2010. 3rd kyu.

 

“Testing for Black Belt: The complexities of compassion and gender expectations in Aikido.”  Holly Weir, Bristol, VT. 1st kyu.

 

Discussants & Facilitators: Jonathan Miller-Lane, 2nd degree black belt and Assistant Professor of Education & Linda White, 1st degree black belt and Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies and Women and Gender Studies.

 

Event Two: “Willows bend, but they do not break: On being a female chief instructor.”

Lecture and Demonstration by Kimberly Richardson Sensei, 6th degree black belt.

Chief Instructor and Founder, Two Cranes Aikido, Seattle, WA.  

Discussants: Kris Allot, 3rd degree black belt & Sara Gerhart Snell, 3rd degree black belt, Two Cranes Aikido, Seattle, WA.

Location: Atwater Dining Hall.

Time: 4:45-5:45pm.

 

Event Three: Open Aikido class for all levels. Beginners welcome.

Led by Kimberly Richardson Sensei, 6th degree black belt.

Chief Instructor and Founder, Two Cranes Aikido, Seattle, WA.

Location: Atwater Dining Hall.

Time: 6-7:30pm.

Discussion Question: How are stereotypes of “hard masculinity” and “soft femininity” manifested and challenged in Aikido practice?



Saturday, April 10
Event One: Open Aikido class for all levels. Beginners welcome. Q & A Session.

Kimberly Richardson Sensei, 6th dan.

Chief Instructor and Founder, Two Cranes Aikido, Seattle, WA.  

Location: Blue Heron Dojo.

Located in the town of Middlebury municipal building adjacent to Twilight Hall.

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm.  

 

Event Two: Aikido Black Belt test.

Location: Blue Heron Dojo.

Located in the town of Middlebury municipal building adjacent to Twilight Hall.

Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm.

Beginners and the public are invited to observe. 

Practice is for advanced Aikido students only.

12/09 A Room for Learning: The Making of a School in Vermont

 

Tal Birdsey, author of the recently published “A Room for Learning: The Making of a School in Vermont,” will read from his book on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Twilight Auditorium at Middlebury College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Birdsey is a 1987 graduate of Middlebury College. In 2001, he and a dedicated group of local parents founded the North Branch School in Ripton, Vt. Serving students in grades 7-9, the school is tailored to the unique needs of early adolescence and centers on self-directed and active experiential learning that fosters a strong community and close relationships.

The book has been noted for its candid and inspiring account of founding a small school in Vermont. In reviewing the book, Middlebury College Scholar-in-Residence and author Bill McKibben wrote, “If education interests you — if kids interest you¬ — you’ll love this magical story. It’s about what happens if you take them seriously, and if you have the grace and agility to hang with them in the tough spots and the glorious ones.

December 1, 2009

 

11/09 Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” & The Practical Application of This Pedagogy at The Asturias Academy

 

Miguel Angel Asturias Academy is a private, non-profit Pre K-12 school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, founded in 1994 to eliminate education disparities through subsidized tuition, and create informed, critically thinking, socially conscious citizens through its curriculum.

Asturias Academy currently serves approximately 300 students from varying backgrounds: indigenous, non-indigenous, poor, working class and middle class. The Academy’s curriculum is based on the popular education theory of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, in which systems of injustice are confronted and transformed on the basis of all as teachers and learners. The Academy has two main missions: get ALL Guatemalan children in school, and break cycles of poverty through education.

Short Biographies of Speakers

Jorge Chojalan, Founder and Executive Director
Jorge Chojolan is the founder and executive director of the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, located in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.  Growing up in poverty and overcoming discrimination due to his Maya K’iche heritage, he earned both a teaching degree as well as an economics degree from the University of San Carlos.  Mr. Chojolan has worked for educational rights since his youth.  Twice exiled during the Guatemalan Civil War for his work in education, Jorge returned to Guatemala to make his country a better place.  He is currently working on building his school into a nationwide network of alternative schools.  Mr. Chojolan has presented throughout the Americas on the work of the Asturias Academy and his dream for a better world.  He also carries the distinction of being an Ashoka Fellow.

Demetri J.M. Patitsas, Social Enterprise Generator for Miguel Angel Asturias Academy
A graduate of Juniata College, Demetri Patitsas made the transition to entrepreneurship upon introduction to the Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.  Since then, he has been the successful founder and business owner of Absolute Creo LLC Ice Cream Truck Service; the co-founder of St. Paul’s Fellowship of Labor, a non profit organization that provides labor for Orthodox Christian monastic communities and parishes throughout North America; owner and instructor of a dance company, The Bungaloo; and recently returned from a 6 month volunteer effort in Xela, Guatemala assisting Guatemalans in business startup as the Social Enterprise Generator.  Meanwhile, he continues to share his experiences and insight with students, youth, and adults throughout the US.

Paula Ghilardotti, Translator and Director of Primero Pasos a la Prosperidad
Born and raised in a small town in Argentina, Paula recently graduated from Brenau University finishing her second experience abroad, the first one a Rotary Exchange Program in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania..  As her traveling experiences throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas led her to various philanthropic and entrepreneurial outreaches, Paula has developed a passion for “giving people a chance to take a step further.” Following her travels through Guatemala, Paula co-founded a program aimed to provide financial and intellectual support to impoverished indigenous peoples throughout Guatemala called “Primeros Pasos a la Prosperidad”

November 19, 2009