COVID-19: Essential Information

FYS Fall 2021 Required Events

All new students enrolled in a first year seminar at Middlebury in Fall 2021 are required to attend at least two of the FYS program events this semester. This is so new students become exposed early on to the vibrant academic community that is Middlebury, and in the process have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills, hear new ideas, meet other students and different faculty, and make new friends.

The first available event this academic year is the Clifford Symposium, which will take place over three days, Thursday 9/23 through Saturday 9/25. Under the heading "Radical Implications: Facing a Planetary Emergency," the symposium features a wide variety of panels, in which activists, artists, and faculty discuss and offer new perspectives on arguably the biggest issue facing us today, the threat of irreversible climate change.

How to participate:

  1. Attend any one Clifford Symposium event on Thursday 9/23 or Friday 9/24, either in person (Wilson Auditorium) or online (almost all events will be streamed live, but don’t forget to pre-register) and

  2. Come to the Knoll at any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday 9/25 for the final Clifford event, “Living Life at the Knoll.” Check in with the FYS program representatives there (look for "FYS Program" signage), provide feedback on your experience at the symposium, and continue conversations with other students. More details will be provided to you on location at the Knoll. This is a drop-in event. You may arrive at any time within the scheduled window and stay for as long as you wish after you've checked in. If circumstances prevent you from attending that final event (covid spikes, bad weather, pre-scheduled travel plans, etc.), you will be given an opportunity to debrief in another way during the following week.

Not sure which Clifford event to attend? Here are two in-person only events that will likely help you find community and allow you to participate more actively in the symposium:

  1. “Student Perspectives,” a student-led discussion event in Wilson Auditorium (Friday, 9/24 at 4 p.m.).

  2. The Middlebury campus team of the Hostile Terrain 94 global pop-up installation invites community members to help set up the exhibition (during open hours and mass writing events) by handwriting toe tags representing migrants who have perished while attempting to cross the Sonoran Desert at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Questions? Check out the event-specific FAQs.