November 2011 events

 

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November 3, Thursday

Imagined into Existence: How the Ming-Qing Art Market Made History

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Public lecture by Bruce Rusk, Assistant Professor of Chinese, Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University. The bronze incense burners attributed to the Ming (1368-1644) court workshops of the Xuande reign (1426-35) are among the most sought-after forms of later Chinese metalwork, yet they have always been surrounded by uncertainty about how to identify authentic pieces. Part of the three-part series “Imagined Identities: Literature and the Arts in Early Modern China,” organized by Rivi Handler-Spitz (Chinese), Stephen H. Whiteman (History of Art & Architecture); see associarted events on October 20 and November 17. Sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the Academic Enrichment Fund, the Department of Chinese, the East Asian Studies Program, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History, the Department of History of Art & Architecture, Cook Commons, and the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Free

Pictured: Illustration of a bronze brazier (lu), from A Catalog of Ritual Vessels of the Xuande era, attributed to Lu Zhen (1365-1426)

 

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November 4, Friday

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art

12:15 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art

“Amantini’s Saint Teresa: Visualizing Ecstatic Union via Erotic Transcendence.” Professor of Art History John Hunisak and Kathryne Downs ’12 discuss one of the museum’s treasures. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. Free to College ID card holders; community donations accepted.

Pictured:Tommaso Amantini (Italian, 1625–after 1675), The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Avila, third quarter of the 17th century, terracotta, 34 3/4 x 18 3/4 x 4 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the G. Crossan Seybolt Art Acquisition Fund, the Reva B. Seybolt Art Acquisition Fund, and the Calvert H. Seybolt Art Acquisition Fund, 2000.004. photo Ken Burris

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November 4, Friday

Dayve Huckett and Friends

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Kansas City-born, Burlington-based affiliate artist Davye Huckett began playing the guitar at the age of 12 after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Today he plays a broad range of music, including his own, original music, on classical, steel string, and electric guitars. His hybrid style embraces a mixture of fingerstyle, rock, classical, and jazz. Guest artists join him on stage for a sweet evening of music. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Orah Moore


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November 4, Friday (through November 12)*

Pinhole Photography

Johnson Memorial Building

View work by students in Professor Johnson Huddleston’s course, ART 327 Black and White Photography. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free  *Please note: this show was originally scheduled for November 14-25 but has been moved up for academic reasons. The Landscape Re-imagined will now be on view starting November 14.

Pictured: Virginia Shannon ’11, pinhole photograph

 

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November 5, Saturday

Exit Through the Gift Shop

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars, this innovative film tells the story of how an eccentric French shopkeeper and amateur filmmaker attempted to locate and befriend the enigmatic graffiti artist Banksy, only to have him turn the camera back on its owner. The film features Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader, and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

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November 5, Saturday

Friends of the Art Museum Purchase Party

5:30 PM, Kirk Alumni Center

A festive evening for members of the Museum Friends to celebrate and select a new work for the collection. Membership information: 802.443.2309 or http://museum.middlebury.edu

Pictured: Issack Koedijk (Dutch, 1617/18–1668), The Empty Wineglass: The Interior of a Dutch House with a Seated Cavalier Holding an Upturned Glass, 1648, oil on panel, 26 x 21 3/8 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Acquisition Fund and the Friends of the Art Museum, 2010.022

 

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November 5, Saturday

Affiliate Artists Collaborative Concert

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

From harmonica to clarinet, and from banjo to voice, Middlebury College’s talented private music teachers show their stuff. Featuring Miles Donahue, saxophone; Susanne Peck, soprano; Mia Fritze, French horn; Dayve Huckett, guitar; Paul Asbell, guitar; Glendon Ingalls, bass; Peter Sutherland, banjo and mandolin; Bear Irwin, trombone; Russ Lawton, drums; Tim Cummings, bagpipes; and others. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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November 6, Sunday

Natasha Koval Paden, piano

4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

In celebration of Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday, this concert features his work and the work of composers influenced by his creative style. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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November 8, Tuesday

Intermediate Technique Dance Master Class with Nicholas Leichter

9:30 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Nicholas Leichter, choreographer and Artistic Director of Nicholas Leichter Dance, has taught throughout the US and internationally, has been been artist-in-residence and guest artist at many institutions, and has been on the faculty at Tisch School of the Arts and the American Dance Festival. Leichter has created over 25 works for his own company, including Carmina Burana and Rite of Spring commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Sweetwash with Eisa Davis for The Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach Community College. Nicholas joins the Dance program November 6-10 to set a new piece on the Dance Company of Middlebury and to teach two of our regularly scheduled technique classes (see the second on November 9). Open to the public on a space available basis. Call to pre-register: 802.443.5245.

 

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November 8, Tuesday

Recent Investigations at the Newly Discovered Maya Center of Tipan, Belize

4:30 PM, Robert A. Jones ’59 House, Conference Room

Illustrated lecture by Dr. Christopher R. Andres, Adjunct Research Associate, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mississippi, Oxford. Since his discovery of a large, previously unreported Maya center in Belize in 2009, Dr. Andres and his students and colleagues from the University of Indiana have discovered that its architecture and monuments provide important insights into the turbulent period leading up to the so-called Maya "collapse," around 900 C.E. Co-sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs and the Middlebury College Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya. Free

 

 

 

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November 9, Wednesday

Advanced Technique and Choreography Dance Master Class with Nicholas Leichter

2:45 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Nicholas Leichter, choreographer and Artistic Director of Nicholas Leichter Dance, has taught throughout the US and internationally, has been been artist-in-residence and guest artist at many
institutions, and has been on the faculty at Tisch School of the Arts and the American Dance Festival. Leichter has created over 25 works for his own company, including Carmina Burana and Rite of Spring commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Sweetwash with Eisa Davis for The Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach Community College. Nicholas joins the Dance program November 6-10 to set a new piece on the Dance Company of Middlebury and to teach two of our regularly scheduled technique classes (see the first on November 8). Open to the public on a space available basis. Call to pre-register: 802.443.5245.

 

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November 10, Thursday

Artist Lecture: Nicola López

4:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

New York-based artist Nicola López comes to Middlebury in the second week of November as the fourth Cameron Visiting Artist to take part in the Master Print Project. Her residency includes working with students in Hedya Klein’s silkscreen class to create an edition of silkscreen prints; meeting with senior studio art thesis students to provide critique for their projects, and offering this public lecture about her work. Just before coming to Middlebury, López creates the site-specific work Landscape X for the Intervals series at the Guggenheim. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art and the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund. Free

Pictured: Nicola López, Urban Transformation 1, 2009, etching, lithography, woodcut on mylar and paper, 30 x 30 inches. Published by Tandem Press.

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November 10, Thursday

Bittersweet Motel, Lynn Noble ’11.5

8:00 PM, Chateau Grand Salon

This jazz performance culminates a semester of creative music thesis work and includes musical influences from Middlebury and around Vermont. Tunes range from jazz standards to a few lesser-known jazz and blues numbers. The band comprises Lynn Noble ‘11.5 on vocals, Dick Forman (faculty/advisor) and Ben Goldstein ’12 on piano, Matt Vaughan ’09 on drums, Mateo Davide (UVM jazz student) on bass, Taylor Smith ‘12 on saxophone, Miles Donahue (faculty) on trumpet, and Taylor Bickford ’14 on guitar. Come for a night of music and nonchalant jazz-style lounging! Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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November 11, Friday

Fall Choral Concert

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Featuring the Middlebury College Choir and the Women’s Glee Club under the direction of Jeffrey Buettner. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Brett Simison

 

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November 12, Saturday

Written on the Wind

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall star in this classic 1956 Douglas Sirk melodrama, a stylishly debauched tale of a Texas oil magnate brought down by the excesses of his spoiled offspring. “This is a perverse and wickedly funny [film] in which you can find the seeds of . . . prime-time soaps. Sirk is the one who established their tone, in which shocking behavior is treated with passionate solemnity, while parody burbles beneath”—Roger Ebert. Scholar Tony Pipolo gives a related lecture on November 14 (see associated listing). Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

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November 12, Saturday

Middlebury College Orchestra

Andrew Massey, conductor

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

For the first concert of the season, the Middlebury College Orchestra plays three highly contrasted pieces. Vaughan Williams' Overture to The Wasps of Aristophenes combines buzzing insects with a glorious melody. Tchaikovsky's Cossack Dance from Mazeppa shows off the virtuosity of the orchestra. The major work is the Rhenish Symphony of Robert Schumann, his Symphony No 3 in E flat. Inspired by the Rhineland, including a solemn invocation of Cologne Cathedral, this work also carries the intimacy of chamber music. A concert of increasing expressive intensity. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Brett Simison

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November 13, Sunday

MLK Spiritual Choir Performance

4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Led by Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence Francois Clemmons. Free

Photo Vincent A. Jones '12

 

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November 14, Monday

Idealized and Shattered Identities in Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind

4:30 PM, Axinn Center, Room 232

Lecture by Tony Pipolo, psychoanalyst and emeritus professor of film at the City University of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. Sirk’s 1956 film, screened at Middlebury on November 12 (see associated listing), is considered a classic of American cinema. Roger Ebert noted its irony and excesses: “To a greater degree than we realize, our lives and decisions are formed by pop clichés and conventions. Films that exaggerate our fantasies help us to see them—to be amused by them, and by ourselves. They clear the air.” Cosponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture and the Program in American Studies. Free

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November 14, Monday (through November 25)*

The Landscape Re-imagined

Johnson Memorial Building

Works created in Jim Butler’s class Landscape Re-imagined: Painting, Drawing, Photography, and Glass include large-scale images executed in magic-marker, pen, oil paint, and digital photography. Exploring experimental picture-making strategies, the pieces reveal our Middlebury campus in vivid, contemporary styles. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free  *Please note: this show was originally scheduled for November 4-12 but has been moved back for academic reasons. Pinhole Photography will now be on view starting November 4.

Pictured: Emily Reed ’11, Landscape with Pink Tree, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches

 

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November 15, Tuesday

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion: The Art of Success

12:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Director Richard Romagnoli introduces the play and leads a discussion about the upcoming production; members of the cast and crew share insights on their work. Lunch is provided. Free to College ID card holders; community donations accepted.

Pictured: William Hogarth, Gin Lane, 1751, engraving, as reproduced by Samuel Davenport circa 1806–1809

 

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November 15, Tuesday

Illustrated Talk by New York Artist Richard Dupont

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125*

Sculptor, installation artist, and printmaker Richard Dupont (b. 1968) employs digital technology to produce drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations that explore opportunities for self-surveillance and the perception of identity in an increasingly data-reliant world.  Three of Dupont’s drawings and a polyurethane cast of his own head comprise the exhibition of his work on view at the College Museum from October 25 through December 11.  Highlighting both the malleability and complexity of the information available to him, Dupont plays with the conception of self by distorting and altering the data -- and therefore, his own image.  Co-sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Program in Studio Art. Light refreshments will be served. Free. *Please note location change-- this event was originally scheduled in the Johnson Building.

Pictured: Richard Dupont, Untitled, 2007, unique archival inkjet print, 60 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

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November 15, Tuesday

Subdivided

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

This 2007documentary film by Dean Terry explores life in contemporary suburbia. It is a personal study of isolation and the struggle to find and maintain community in an era of careless development, urban sprawl, and the uninspired design of the modern subdivision. Sponsored by the Architectural Studies Program. Free

 

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November 16, Wednesday

Recital by Piano Students of Diana Fanning

8:00 PM, Mead Chapel*

The fall concert by Diana Fanning’s students is a popular event celebrating our talented Middlebury students. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free
*Please note time and location change: this performance was originally scheduled for 7:30 PM at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

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November 17, Thursday

Kinodance Company: Choreography of Elements

12:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Presentation by Alissa Cardone, candidate for the position of Assistant Professor in Contemporary Dance and Choreography. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Image from "Secret Streams," film still by Alla Kovgan

 

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November 17, Thursday
 

The Painter as Knight-Errant: Xu Wei (1521-93) and the Creation of an Alternative Artistic Persona in the Late Ming

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Public lecture by Kathleen Ryor, Professor of Art History at Carleton College. Contrary to dominant narratives of the cultural history of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), in which the restrained aesthetic values of educated civil officials were deemed paramount, many literati were actually immersed not only in the practical side of military matters, but also in the emblematic and symbolic aspects of martial life. This lecture will examine how the late Ming poet, playwright, and painter Xu Wei refashioned the ideal of the eccentric artist as a type of knight-errant through his painting style, art criticism, and other professional activities. Part of the three-part series “Imagined Identities: Literature and the Arts in Early Modern China,” organized by Rivi Handler-Spitz (Chinese), Stephen H. Whiteman (History of Art & Architecture); see associated events on October 20 and November 3. Sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the Academic Enrichment Fund, the Department of Chinese, the East Asian Studies Program, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History, the Department of History of Art & Architecture, Cook Commons, and the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Free

Pictured: Xu Wei (1521-1593), Detail of bamboo from Twelve Flowers and Plants, n.d. Handscroll, ink on paper, Freer Gallery of Art.

 

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November 17–19, Thursday–Saturday

The Art of Success

Thursday at 8:00 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, and Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Playwright Nick Dear uncovers the dark underbelly of 1700s London, where rakes, whores, and murderers rub elbows with writers, politicians, and aristocrats. Based on the life of artist William Hogarth, this bawdy drama is “a scabrous comedy about the creation, purpose, promotion, merchandising, censorship and government patronage of art”—Frank Rich, New York Times. For mature audiences. Directed by Richard Romagnoli. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale October 31.

Pictured: William Hogarth, Gin Lane, 1751, engraving, as reproduced by Samuel Davenport circa 1806–1809

 

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November 18, Friday

Alexander Melnikov, piano

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 87, by Dmitri Shostakovich are a masterpiece of the piano repertoire, featuring one each in the major and minor keys of the chromatic scale. Acclaimed pianist Alexander Melnikov’s recent disc of the work has been greeted with rave reviews, prizes, and awards, including BBC Music Magazine’s 2011 Instrumental Recording of the Year. It is a rare treat to hear this work in its entirety. Due to the extended nature of this program, please note the early start time; complimentary refreshments are served during the two intermissions. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. 

 

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November 18–19, Friday–Saturday

Senior Thesis Concert: Jeremy Cline ’11.5

7:00 PM each evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Cline builds on his academic work studying religious dance and martial arts and on his experience with meditation, yoga, capoeira, and tai chi to bring elements of communal ritual and spiritual exploration to performance. By creating physical representations of heaven, earth, and sky; invoking the focused intention of performers and witnesses; and pushing the boundaries of concentration and exploration, Cline strives to comment on the nature of the cosmos. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale October 31. 

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Photo Alan Kimara Dixon

 

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November 19, Saturday

The Strange Case of Angelica

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A photographer is asked by hotel owners to take portraits of their recently deceased daughter. He becomes obsessed with her beauty and begins to retreat from the world. “This fresh, highly original film, inspired by [director Manoel de] Oliveira’s substantially different, never-filmed 1952 script, has been made with the greatest of ease and simplicity and with drollery and wit, yet its underlying impact is profoundly spiritual”—Los Angeles Times. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

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November 19, Saturday

Dick Forman Jazz Group

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

An evening of sparkling, sophisticated, mainstream jazz. The DFJG’s ballads, blues, bebop, and swing are sure to set toes tapping. Long a favorite of Vermont audiences, the Jazz Group features Paul Asbell on guitar, as well as some of New England’s finest musicians. Forman is the Music Department’s Director of Jazz Activities and an Affiliate Artist. Free

 

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November 20, Sunday

Middlebury College Community Chorus

Jeff Rehbach, conductor

3:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

In celebration of the Thanksgiving season, Middlebury College students, staff and faculty, and singers from towns and villages throughout Addison County and across the lake in New York offer choral selections spanning the past two centuries. In remembrance of 9/11 and those affected by tropical storm Irene, the concert opens with There is a Season by Albany, NY composer Alfred Fedak; Kyrie by Concordia College composer-conductor René Clausen, written in 2001 to commemorate the tragic events of 9/11; Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee by Johannes Brahms; and, the powerful opening movement of Mozart's Requiem. The chorus will also sing Dreamer of Dreams by New England composer Gwyneth Walker, alongside American composer Debra Scroggins' setting of Edgar Allen Poe's A Dream within a Dream. The singers will present works by Welsh composer William Matthias and British composer-conductor John Rutter written, respectively, for royal weddings of Charles and Diana, and William and Kate. The program closes with Bob Chilcott's settings of Morning Has Broken and Now Thank We; Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus’s thanksgiving Hymn for America; and a rousing gospel setting of Let Everything that Hath Breath by American composer Jeffery Ames. Free

 

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November 29, Tuesday

Immaterial Sensibility

12:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Join us for a presentation by Catherine Cabeen, candidate for the position of Assistant Professor in Contemporary Dance and Choreography. Cabeen is artistic director of Catherine Cabeen and Company in Seattle, WA and former dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She will perform, show choreography, and discuss her creative process. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

 

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*THIS EVENT CANCELED*
November 29, Tuesday

What Is Opera?

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Students from Su Lian Tan's fall term music class present their work in an informal concert. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free *Please note: this event has been canceled.

 

 

Antependium of Henry II Christ Adored by Emperor. Ottonian Metalwork (Gold) ca. 1019. Paris, Cluny Museum. Image courtesy of oberlin.edu
November 30, Wednesday

Lecture: Vision and Visuality on Emperor Henry II’s Golden Antependium

4:30 PM, The Orchard (Room 103), Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Presented by Eliza Garrison, from the Department of History of Art and Architecture, as part of the Middlebury College Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series. Free


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