Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs Sponsored Events

Events at the Rohatyn Center include a wide array of cocurricular and internationally oriented lectures, symposia, and conferences that span the globe and cross over into many different academic disciplines.  In addition to our annual conference and the student-organized conference, the Rohatyn Center presents several event series:  International and Global Studies ColloquiumThesis in Dialogue and International Thesis AwardsFuture of the Past, and Hot Topics Lunch & Discussion.

If you'd like to propose your own event and seek Rohatyn Center co-sponsorship, please fill out our event proposal form.  For a more in-depth look at our events in past years, check out our annual reports

2019-2020 Events Schedule

September 2019

Monday, 9/2, 1–3 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs Open House during MiddView. 

Thursday, 9/12, 4:30 p.m.
Atwater Dining Hall
Reception for returned study abroad students; IGS and IPE faculty.

Monday, 9/16, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Suspect Paradise: Amazonia in the Vortex" by Leopoldo Bernucci, University of California, Davis.

Wednesday, 9/18, 4:30 p.m.
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220
Lecture "Ripped from the Headlines: How CNS Experts Use New Tools to Investigate Nuclear and Missile Programs Around the World" by Jessica Varnum, deputy director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Thursday, 9/19, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue" with Miki Dezaki, film director.

Friday, 9/20, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Clifford Symposium panel discussion "Whale-watching from the Masthead off New Zealand: Historic and Present Global Whale Populations and Shifting Perspectives on Extinction" with Richard King, visiting associate professor, Sea Education Association, and Williams Mystic students from Middlebury Jennifer Crandall '20 and Caitlin Dicarra '20.

Monday, 9/23, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Historically Hot: Reimagining Beauty from Japan's past" by Laura Miller, University of Missouri, St. Louis.

October 2019

Wednesday, 10/2, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Solidarity or the Fictional Bubble: Disciplinary narratives – and their resistances – in Spain (and beyond) after 2008’s Financial Crises" by Germán Labrador, Princeton University.

Thursday, 10/3, 4:30 p.m.
Hillcrest 103
Lecture "The Other China: How the rural-urban divide is the biggest challenge most people have never heard about" by Scott Rozelle, Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and co-director of the Rural Education Action Program in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University.

Thursday, 10/3, 6:00 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Eating Tomorrow:  The Battle for the Future of Food” by Tim Wise, Visiting Professor of the Practice at Middlebury College and Director of Land & Food Rights Program, Small Planet Institute.

Thursday, 10/3, 7:30 p.m.
Dana Auditorium
Lecture "The Land of Open Graves: Understanding the Current Politics of Migrant Life and Death along the US/Mexico Border" by Jason De León, executive director of the Undocumented Migration Project and professor of anthropology and Chicana/Chicano studies at UCLA.

Monday, 10/7, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Moved to Tears: Conmoverse and Melodrama" by Ana López, Tulane University.

Tuesday, 10/8, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "La Perricholi, a Peruvian Historical Icon" by Alonso Cueto, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru.

Tuesday, 10/8, 4:30 p.m.
Axinn 229
Lecture "'Routine' Protests in Jordan? Contentious and Noncontentious Politics” by Jillian Schwedler, professor of political science, City University of New York’s Hunter College and the Graduate Center.

Thursday, 10/10, 7 p.m.
Mead Chapel
Lecture "Eleanor Roosevelt and the Drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" by Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of History and Women's Studies at the John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Friday, 10/11, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "Between Optic and Haptic:  Tactility and Trade in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World" by Carrie Anderson, assistant professor of history of art and architecture, Middlebury College.

Friday, 10/11, 4:00 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Thinking Freedom in Prison: Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, 1975-77" by Gyan Prakash, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Princeton University.

Tuesday, 10/15, 12:30 p.m.
Hillcrest 103
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion "The Amazon Is on Fire! Diagnosing the Anthropocene" with Dan Suarez, assistant professor of environmental studies, Middlebury College.  For students only.

Thursday, 10/17, 7 p.m.
MCFA Dance Theatre
Lecture "Precolonial African Sexuality, Contemporary Homophobia and #LimitlessAfricans" by Mikael Chukwuma Owunna, award-winning queer Nigerian-Swedish artist, photographer, Fulbright Scholar and engineer.

Thursday, 10/24, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Redefining and Reclaiming Space in Conflict Zones" by Samar Haddad King and Zoe Rabinowitz, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre.

Thursday, 10/24, 4:30 p.m.
Davis Library 201
Lecture "Austerity in Puerto Rico and the Impact on Higher Education" by Ruth N. Figueroa-Couvertier, University of Puerto Rico, and César Pérez Lizasuain, independent scholar.

Friday, 10/25, 12-5:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
International Politics and Economics Symposium "The Euro: Past, Present and Future" in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Euro; speakers are Vivien Schmidt of Boston University, Harold James of Princeton University and Thierry Warin of Skema Business School.

Monday, 10/28, 4:30 p.m.
Mahaney Center for the Arts 221
Lecture "Musical Healing Repertories and Ecologies of Wellbeing in Uganda" by Peter Hoesingethnomusicologist, Dakota State University College of Arts and Sciences.

Wednesday, 10/30, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Reminiscences on Life Experiences in the GDR in 1984: 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall" by Sarah Stephens, co-founder and president of Stephens Nicolson Artists Management.

Thursday, 10/31, 12:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion "What Is Going on in Syria?" with Sebnem Gumuscu, assistant professor of political science, Middlebury College.  For students only.

November 2019

Friday, 11/1, 12-4 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Second Annual Day of Learning on Global Cultures, featuring the lecture "Gendering Domestic Service: Houseboys in Spanish settlers' homes in Central West Africa" by Benita Sampedro Vizcaya, professor of Spanish Colonial Studies, Hofstra University; the lecture "Muscular Nationalisms: Racial and Gendered Images of National Identity in Brazilian Fitness Culture" by Daniel Silva, associate professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies, Middlebury College; and student contributions by Oshin Bista '20, Christopher Gernon '21, Suria Vanrajah '22, Kaitlyn Velazquez '23, and Eliza Wieman '23.

Monday, 11/4, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
"Speak 'American':  How a news anchor became the news." 
A conversation with bilingual international journalist, Vanessa Ruiz.

Tuesday, 11/5, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Some Myths About Somali Pirates" by Michael Scott Moore, Journalist and author of The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast.

Friday, 11/8, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "Islamist Governments in Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia" by Sebnem Gumuscu, assistant professor of political science, Middlebury College.

Saturday, 11/9, 8:00 p.m.
Atwater Dining Hall
Fall of the berlin Wall 30th Anniversary Dance Party
following a collective "Tearing down the Wall" outside Atwater.

Thursday, 11/14, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Bedouins and Other Minorities in Israel" by Ishmael Khaldi, author of A Shepherd's Journey: the story of Israel's first Bedouin diplomat.

Friday, 11/15, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Thesis in Dialogue with Hayley Manges '19 about her IPE award-winning thesis "The Legacy of Communism and Contemporary Attitudes towards Gender: Lessons from the Soviet Union."

Thursday, 11/21, 12:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion "Waves of Contention: Protests and Political Change from Latin America to Asia" featuring Professor Orion Lewis of the Political Science Department.

Friday, 11/22, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "Beyond the Politics of Exposure: Notes on violence and democracy from India" by Moyukh Chatterjee.

December 2019

Friday, 12/6, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Thesis in Dialogue with Billie White '19 about her IGS award-winning thesis "Agency Amidst Patriarchy: Centering the lived experiences of Syrian refugee women in Jordan."

January 2020

Thursday, 1/9, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Thinking with Submerged Perspective: The Arts of Land and Water Defense" by Macarena Gómez-Barris, Chair, Social Science and Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute; Director, Global South Center.

Monday, 1/13
Student-organized Global Affairs Conference "Bodies at Borders: The lived effects of settler-colonialism."

Wednesday, 1/15, 3:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
RCGA grant-funded senior project presentation "The Medieval Moorings of Modern Antisemitism: Painting Otherness in Bible Moralisées" by Jess Garner '19.5.

Thursday, 1/16, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "The Ethics and Aesthetics of Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Poetry" by Felipe F. Rodrigues, Fundação Técnico-Educacional Souza Marques.

Friday, 1/17, 12:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Hot Topics lunch and discussion "Healthcare Systems across the Globe: How does the US compare?” with Professor Pam Berenbaum, coordinator of the global health program and professor of the practice of global health, Middlebury College.  Students only.

Tuesday, 1/21, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Rwanda 25 Years after the Genocide: Incredible accomplishments and continuing challenges” by Carl Hobert ’83, author of “Raising Global IQ:  Preparing our students for a shrinking planet.”

Thursday, 1/23, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Gender Politics in Arabic Mahjar Literature: Kahlil Gibran, Mikha’il Naimy, and ‘Afifa Karam” by Elizabeth Saylor, assistant professor of Arabic, North Carolina State University.

Friday, 1/24, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Future of the Past panel "The League of Nations: 100 Years since Its Founding" with Susan Pedersen, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, Columbia University, and Nicholas Sambanis ’90, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania.

Monday, 1/27, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Preserving American Power and Democracy in the Trump Era" by Garrett M. Graff, writer and commentator.

February 2020

Friday, 2/14, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "Recording and Remixing Teach Me to Love: Musical, Cultural, and Temporal Paradoxes in My Music" by Damascus Kafumbe, associate professor of music, Middlebury College.

Thursday, 2/20, 12:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion "#MEGXIT: Monarchy in an Age of Global Publicity" with Paul Monod, Hepburn Professor of History.  Students Only.

Thursday, 2/20, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Arpillera Tapestries and Memory in Valparaíso, Chile" by Cecilia Araneda, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.

Friday, 2/21, 4:30 p.m.
Adirondack Coltrane Lounge
Presentation "Manifestaciones en Periodo de Caza / Demonstration During Hunting Season" by Las Nietas de Nonó: Black Feminist Art & DIY Performance in the Hispanic Caribbean.

Friday, 2/21, 8:00 p.m.
Wilson Hall
Concert by Emel Mathlouthi, who is referred to as the "voice of the revolution," in reference to her protest song from 2011, during the Tunisian Revolution.

Monday, 2/24, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Arpillera Tapestries and Memory in Valparaíso, Chile" by Jonathan Risner, University of Indiana.

March 2020

Wednesday, 3/4, 4:30 p.m.
Mahaney Center 125
Lecture "China's Warring States Period" by Nicola Di Cosmo, Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies, Institute for Advanced Study.

Thursday-Saturday, 3/5-3/7, 12:15
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
RCGA Annual Conference "Anxieties of Empire: New Contexts, Shifting Perspectives."

Thursday, 3/12, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "New Media and the Occult Film Boom in Japan" by Alexander Zahlten, associate professor of East Asian languages and civilizations, Harvard University.

Tuesday, 3/17, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Boy on the Bridge: The Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success" by Andrew Marble '90, biographer.

Thursday, 3/19, 4:30 p.m.
Axinn 232
"Batay La - A Documentary Screening" with Malia Bruker, Florida State University.

 

April 2020

Friday, 4/3, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "'You’re Japanese?': Race and citizenship through the lens of the household register system in Japan" by Linda White, associate professor of Japanese studies, Middlebury College.

Friday, 4/10, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "The Police Concept in Modern Japan" by Max Ward, associate professor of history, Middlebury College.

Tuesday, 4/14, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Danchi Housing in Postwar Japan" (tentative title) by Laura Neitzel, Academic Director for the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University.

Thursday, 4/16, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture on Russia's current political situation by journalist Yevgeniya Markovna Albats, chief editor of The New Times magazine.

Monday, 4/20, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Middle East Policy
Lecture by Lisa Anderson, James T. Shotwell Professor Emerita of International Relations at Columbia University.

Thursday, 4/23, 12:30 p.m.
Hillcrest 103, The Orchard
Howard E. Woodin  Environmental Studies Colloquium lecture "Climate and Security in an Age of Great Power Competition and Global Disruption" by Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s Polar Institute and Environmental Change & Security Program, and Senior Strategist at the Center for Climate & Security.

Thursday, 4/23, 7:00 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House or Dana Auditorium
Screening of "Opening the Earth: The Potato King Documentary" with Aaron Ebner, Middlebury School of International Studies.

Friday, 4/24, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Thesis in Dialogue with Travis Sanderson '19 about his IGS prize-winning thesis "Black Cat’s Claw: The impact of migrant regulations on structural inequity in the People’s Republic of China."

Monday, 4/20, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Lecture "Readers and Dictators: Critical Thinking across North and South"
by Hosam Aboul-Ela, University of Houston.

May 2020

Friday, 4/24, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Thesis in Dialogue with Travis Sanderson '19 about his IGS award-winning thesis "Black Cat’s Claw: The impact of migrant regulations on structural inequity in the People’s Republic of China."

Friday, 5/1, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House
Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs Thesis Forum
featuring presentations by Jack Carew '20, Nicholas Hunnewell '20.5, Chica Morrow '20, Mari Odoy '20, Akhila Roy Chowdhury '20.