The Brexit Upset: Why Was the U.K. Vote a Surprise?

November 2, 2016

On a recent Tuesday during lunchtime, Professor of Economics Peter Matthews glanced quickly around the conference room in the Robert A. Jones House looking for a raised hand among the more than 45 students there. 

Matthews had just begun moderating a discussion, “Polls, Proles, Toffs, and Trots: A Mediated Conversation about the Brexit Vote,” part of the Rohatyn Center’s “Hot Topics” Lunch and Discussion series just for students. He started by playing a short BBC News clip of a voter in England surprised and dismayed by the June 23, 2016, referendum’s result the previous day. “Adam from Manchester,” as the man became known on social media, had voted for Brexit despite his desire for the U.K. to remain in the European Union. Adam told a reporter, “I didn’t think my vote was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain.”

Symposium Will Explore Illicit Drug Trade

October 20, 2016

The U.S. and countries around the world continue to struggle with the infiltration of drugs in society. Four experts will examine the topic at a symposium, “The Global Illicit Drug Trade: Confronting Challenges and Exploring Solutions,” at Middlebury College on Friday, October 28. The event, the International Politics and Economics (IPE) Program’s fifth annual symposium, was organized by Mark Williams and Sebnem Gumuscu, faculty members in the Political Science Department, and Will Pyle, director of the IPE Program and an economics professor.

At the Rohatyn Center, you'll have the chance to hear from some of the world's top experts in a wide range of fields— from business leaders to entrepreneurs, scholars to diplomats. 

Nine from Middlebury Receive Fulbright Awards

May 27, 2016

Congratulations to Middlebury's nine recipients of Fulbright Awards, including Timothy Fraser ’16 (winner of the 2016 IGS Thesis Prize and organizer of the Rohatyn Center's 2016 student organized conference on protesting nuclear power) and Joshua Berlowitz ’16 (Rohatyn Center Intern and Rohatyn Center Student Advisory Board Member).

Hiroshima Survivor, Truman’s Grandson Engage in Thoughtful Conversation

May 2, 2016

In a panel discussion, Shigeko Sasamori, Hiroshima Maiden and survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, engaged in conversation about reconciliation and responsibility with Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Harry Truman. The event received widespread media coverage, including articles in the Middlebury Campus, Middlebury's Newsroom, the Addison Independent, and Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. To view additional images from the event, visit the Rohatyn Center's Facebook page and Campus photographer Michael O'Hara's Flickr album. To watch the video recording of the event, click here.

Rohatyn Center's Annual Conference Examines Worldwide Food Insecurity

March 17, 2016

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Food insecurity in a globalized world was the subject of a the international and interdisciplinary conference at Middlebury College’s Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs (RCGA), March 10-12, 2016.

Seventeen guest scholars and members of the Middlebury faculty examined the persistent problem of world hunger and malnutrition within the contexts of agriculture, war, race, migration, government, ecology, and social class. Over the course of the three-day conference, discussions crossed borders like climate change, GMOs, and biodiversity, and examinations of issues specific to nations like Kenya, Cuba, Vietnam, Mexico, Japan, Nicaragua, and the United States.

To read The Campus article about the conference, click here.

Power and Protest Conference Explores Nuclear Energy

August 15, 2016

Last week, the Rohatyn Center hosted its 3rd Annual Student-designed Global Affairs Conference. Entitled "Power and Protest: Global Responses to Atomic Energy," the conference brought together five experts from a variety of disciplines to discuss the reactions of states and peoples to nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster almost five years ago. Topics included exporting nuclear power to the Middle East, state coercion in nuclear power plant siting, nuclear power after the Paris Summit, the role of music in antinuclear protest, and the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station decommissioning. To see the conference's website, click here, and for the Addison Independent article on the conference, click here.

The Politics of Values in Today's Europe

November 30, 2015

The conference room at Robert A. Jones ’59 House was filled to near capacity on November 20 to hear political scientist Erik Bleich’s lecture on “Ethnic Diversity and the Politics of Values in Today’s Europe.”

The burgeoning migrant crisis in Europe and the events of November 13 in Paris weighed heavily on the minds of the speaker and his audience as Professor Bleich said: “Freedom is a more powerful rhetorical tool in some domains than in others; invoking freedom is often a strategic and political choice, and not just a philosophical choice; and freedom is always balanced against other core liberal, democratic values.”

Panel Discusses the Paris Attacks

November 23, 2015

A panel composed of five Middlebury College faculty members from the Department of Political Science discussed the context and implications of the attacks that took place in Paris on Friday, 13 November. Professors Erik Bleich, Jeff Cason, Ophelia Eglene, Sebnem Gumuscu, and Nadia Horning spoke on topics relevant to the background to the tragedy—from how the Islamic State came to power to Islamophobia in France—then fielded questions from the audience.

Sociologist Speaks to the Issue of 'Black Lives Matter'

November 6, 2015

In a talk titled “From Post-racialism to Black Lives Matter: Waking up in the Obama Era,” the qualitative sociologist Michael Jeffries chronicled the country’s journey from the euphoria following Obama’s election to nationwide riots and protests over police shootings of unarmed black individuals and a renewed debate about civil rights in the United States.

Panel at Rohatyn Center Analyzes the Refugee Crisis in Europe

November 6, 2015

The program included brief lectures from Jennifer Hyndman, the director at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University in Toronto; Judith Kumin, the former director for the United Nation’s refugee agency in Europe; Alison Mountz, a visiting professor of Canadian studies at Harvard University; and Roman Graf, Middlebury professor of German and comparative literature.

Nobel Peace Prize "Romanticizes" What Really Happened in Tunisia

October 22, 2015

Eleven days after the National Dialogue Quartet of Tunisia received the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, a former elected representative to the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA), Mabrouka M'barek shared her views about the award for an audience at Middlebury College.

Students Nurture Young Entrepreneurs, Storytelling with Summer Grants

October 21, 2015

Middlebury students gathered back on common ground on October 16 to reflect on those experiences during presentations at the Robert A. Jones ’59 House at Middlebury. The event highlighted one Middlebury project that won $10,000 in funding from the Davis Projects for Peace, established on the occasion of philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis’s 100th birthday to build international prospects for peace, and another that won $10,000 in funding from the president’s office. Three more students reported the results of their $3,000 MiddChallenge grants co-sponsored by the Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Student-Organized Conference Explores "Apathy and Action"

February 25, 2015

The two-day event, which was organized by four Middlebury undergraduates, was titled “Apathy and Action: Exploring Youth-Driven Movements.” It included programs on the ubiquity of student activism, ways to combat apathy, collective action in social movements, and how the environmental movement went global.

Drone Use Raises Serious Questions

February 2, 2015

George Moore, a nuclear scientist and attorney with expertise in the area of aviation law, told an audience at Middlebury’s Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs on January 13 that drone use in the United States is in legal flux right now. 

Tamir Sorek Gives Lecture on Soccer and Identity

November 19, 2014

An expert on the national identity of Palestinian citizens in Israel drew attention to what he described as a "fascinating paradox” at Israeli soccer matches, in a talk given on October 30 at Middlebury’s Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs. 

Nonproliferation Expert to Speak on Iranian Nuclear Weapons and Outlook

June 25, 2014

Jon Brook Wolfsthal, Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, will speak to the college community on April 28th, 2014 about Iran's nuclear capabilities and history, as well as the key issues and challenges in ongoing negotiations. 

Top Executive to Speak on Chinese Economy

April 22, 2014

A top executive of the International Monetary Fund, Markus Rodlauer P '16, will speak on the Chinese economy and policies in a global context. 

Conference Tackles Youth Unemployment Crisis

June 23, 2014

The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs hosted its 2nd annual international and interdisciplinary conference, The Young and the Jobless: Youth Unemployment in Times of Crisis, on March 13-15, 2014. 

Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany to Visit Middlebury

February 13, 2014

Philip Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany, will be visiting Middlebury College on Monday, February 24, 2014 to give a public lecture at the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs. 

Non-proliferation Expert to Present on North Korean Missile System

February 12, 2014

Melissa Hanham, research associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), will give a lecture on her work on North Korean missile systems on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

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