At the Center

Each year, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs hosts a number of signature programs and events.

Distinguished Speakers

Distinguished Speakers 

Throughout the academic year, the Rohatyn Center organizes a wide range of internationally and globally oriented lectures, panels, and colloquia. Topics reach across many disciplines and world regions, exposing students and the campus community to new ideas and perspectives. Speakers include academics, policy makers, practitioners, creative writers, and journalists. Rohatyn's signature program, the International and Global Studies Colloquium, takes place over lunch on Friday and provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to present their international projects. 

Annual Conference

International and Interdisciplinary Conference

Each March, the Rohatyn Center organizes an international and interdisciplinary conference focused on a critical global challenge. Academics and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and countries  convene in Middlebury for intense analysis of annuaconference topics; examples include the politics of fresh water, youth unemployment, and the status of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Concurrently, students at Middlebury’s schools abroad and students on the Middlebury campus hold in-language video discussions on the conference theme, yet evaluating it from the perspective of a particular world region.

In March of 2013, RCGA hosted the first annual international conference, The Politics of Freshwater: Access and Identity in a Changing Environment. Academics and professionals from around the world were invited to speak on the changing landscape of water, and provide international perspectives.

In March of 2014, RCGA held the second annual international conference, titled The Young and the Jobless: Youth Unemployment in Times of Crisis. Academics and professionals gathered at RCGA to present on the dynamics of youth unemployment throughout the world in a variety of disciplines.

On March 12-14, 2015, RCGA held its third annual conference on the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals.

In March 2016, RCGA will hold its fourth annual conference, focusing on Food Insecurity.

Funding Opportunities for Students

Funding Opportunities for Students

The Rohatyn Center offers students the resources to delve deeply into their own scholarship. RCGA International Research Travel Grants fund overseas research for students preparing for their senior theses. Funding for international research while studying abroad is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the goal of which is to integrate study abroad experiences with students’ academic career on the Middlebury campus. Finally, grants from the Padma Desai Fund provide funding opportunities for students interested in conducting research or an internship while studying abroad in Russia as part of their Middlebury College experience. 

Students are also invited to apply for funds to bring a speaker to campus. See the Event Proposal Form to find out more.

Showcasing Student Research and Presentations

Each year, graduating seniors who received either an RCGA Research Grant or a Mellon Research Grant present their findings in either January or May. The Center has also held a panel in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the center, and a student panel of former interns at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). These events are open to the campus community, and serve as a way to celebrate student research and experiences. 

Faculty and Student Connections

Faculty and Student Connections

The Rohatyn Center works closely with an affiliated Advisory Committee, which helps foster connections between the center and campus faculty, as well as create co-curricular programming. A distinct array of disciplines are represented on the committee.

The Center also works closely with an affiliated Student Board. Students on the board are tasked with representing the Center and its events to the student body on campus. This past year, the Board also ran the first annual competition for funding toward a student-designed international conference. The conference was held in January 2014.

The Rohatyn Center’s internship program offers Middlebury undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate closely with faculty members on scholarly research. Rohatyn interns also assist with the Center’s programs that support the College’s global focus. Their work with RCGA gives student interns a unique opportunity to engage with international and global affairs, as well as an edge with potential employers.

Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs

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