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

2018-2019 Events Schedule

September 2018

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

Thursday, 9/13, 4:30 p.m.
Atwater Dining Hall
Reception for returned study abroad students; IGS and IPE faculty.

Wednesday, 9/19, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion
 - Exclusively for Students.

Tuesday, 9/25, 4:30 p.m.
Hillcrest 103 - The Orchard
Lecture “Can a Corrupt Company be Green? The Volkswagen Scandal” by Jack Ewing, Germany correspondent for the New York Times reporter and author of Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal.

Wednesday, 9/26, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Lecture "Towards a Palestinian Third Cinema" by Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Thursday, 9/27, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Lecture "Healers, Witches or Women: Intercultural health and urban folk medicine in Quito" by Mario Portugal Ramirez.

Friday, 9/28, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "Global Fitness Culture and White Masculine Corporality" by Daniel Silva, assistant professor of Portuguese, Middlebury College.

October 2018

Monday, 10/1, 12:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Lecture "Who Gets To Drink? The history and future of drinking water" by James Salzman, Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, UCLA Law School and the UC, Santa Barbara, School of Environment.

Thursday, 10/4, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Lecture "Gibran in Brazilby Wail S. Hassan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne.

Monday, 10/8, 12:15 p.m.
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216
Film Screening - Cinema of the Crisis: Feminist and Queer Filmmaking in Puerto Rico in 2018.

Monday, 10/8, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Lecture "Great Men, Counternarratives, and Subcultures: Approaches to Narrating History and Identity in Twenty First Century Puerto Rican Documentaries" by Mary Leonard, professor of English, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

Tuesday, 10/9, 4:30 p.m.
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220
Lecture "Decoding Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation" by Garrett Graff, director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program, contributor to WIRED, Longreads, and CNN.

Wednesday, 10/10, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion
 - Exclusively for Students.

Monday, 10/15, 4:30 p.m.
Abernethy Room, Axinn Center
Lecture "Refugee Tales" by David Herd, University of Kent, and Anna Piccus, Gatwick Detention Centre.

Wednesday-Thursday, 10/16-10/17
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Atlantic World Forum: "Intercultural Scholarly Dialogues About Atlantic World Cultural Histories, Reframing Circum-Atlantic Cultural Histories."

Thursday, 10/18, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
A public conversation between Ruby Lal, Emory University and President Laurie Patton about Lal’s latest book “Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan.”

Friday, 10/19, 4:00 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Panel "1948 Palestine and Beyond" with Laila Parsons, McGill University, and Abdel Razzaq  Takriti, University of Houston.

Monday, 10/22, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Lecture "Memory, Identity, and Style: How to write about Peruvian Reality in the 21st Century" by Iván Daniel Thays Vélez, author.

Monday, 10/22, 7 p.m.
Twilight Auditorium
Lecture "ExileHome, and Migration in Kuwaiti Fiction: Saud Alsanousi in conversation with translator Jonathan Wright."

Tuesday, 10/23, 4:30 p.m.
In front of Davis Family Libary
Installation of "Minimum Monument" ice sculpture by Néle Azevedo

Thursday, 10/25, 3 p.m.
Mahaney Center for the Arts 110
"Global Dance Dialogues: Contemporary Choreography Conversations from Melbourne to New York to Lyon"
with Lee Serle, Rolex Arts Fellow (2010) and an Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Australia Fellow (2012).  A participatory movement lecture with live music.

Friday, 10/26, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Seventh Annual International Politics and Economics Symposium "Environmental Policy in and Unequal World."

Saturday, 10/27, 12-4 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
First Annual Day of Learning on Global Cultures "Prostitution, Violence and Social Change: the Legacy of Juana Gamero de Coca's scholarship" with presentations by Carmen de la Guardia-Herrero and Laura Agustín.

Tuesday, 10/30, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Lecture on Luso-Hispanic Linguistics by Gabriel Rei-Doval, associate professor, University of Winsconsin-Milwuakee.

November 2018

Friday, 11/2, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "Italian Food, Family, and Table on Film:  Ivano De Matteo's The Dinner (I nostri ragazzi, Our Kids, 2014)" by Patricia Zupan, C.A. Dana Professor of Italian.

Monday, 11/5, 12:15 p.m.
Axinn 229
Lecture "We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria" by Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University.

Thursday, 11/8, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion
 - Exclusively for Students.

Friday, 11/9, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture Coisas Nossas: Foreign Labor and the Emergence of Film Industries in Latin America” by Nicolas Poppe, assistant professor of Spanish, Middlebury College.

Tuesday, 11/13, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Future of the Past series lecture "100 Years of Influenza: The Ongoing Challenge for Science and Society" by Bob Cluss, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Middlebury College.

Thursday, 11/15, 4:30 p.m.
MCFA Sabra Fields Lecture Room
Lecture "Emperor and Poet: Mansa Musa, Al Saheli, and the Unlikely 1325 Friendship that Built Timbuktu and the Mali Empire" by Suzanne Preston BlierHarvard University.

Thursday, 11/15, 7:30 p.m.
Dana Auditorium
Panel "Trauma and the U.S. Immigration System: Immigrant Detention, Family Separation, and Undocumented Work" with Sarah Rogerson, Albany Law School; Andrea Green, UVM Medical School; Migrant JusticeHannah Krutiansky '19; and Meron Benti '19.

Friday, 11/16, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Thesis in Dialogue with Mari Tanioka '18 about her International and Global Studies Award-winning thesis "The Collective Memory Construction of the 'Ianfu' System in Mainland China."

Thursday, 11/29, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Lecture "Making the International Mind: Social Engineering for U.S. Global Power, 1898-1950" by Talya Zemach Bersin, Yale University.

Thursday, 11/29, 8:00 p.m.
Gamut Room
Multilingual Poetry Slam
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Friday, 11/30, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "The Lodger Problem: Crisis of the Modern Age" by Erin Sassin, assistant professor of history of art & architecture, Middlebury College.

December 2018

Wednesday, 12/5, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion
 - Exclusively for Students.

Friday, 12/7, 12:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Lecture "The New Language of Capitalism” by John Pat Leary, Wayne State University.

January 2019

Wednesday-Thursday, 1/9–27
Kirk Center
Winter Term faculty seminar on “the global”

Thursday, 1/10
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Lecture "Coming Home to the Global" by Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies and Sociology, USC, Santa Barbara.

Monday, 1/14
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Lecture "Teach for Arabia: American universities, liberalism, and transnational Qatar" by Neha Vora, associate professor of anthropology, Lafayette College.

Tuesday, 1/15
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Panel "Are Domestic Political Threats Putting Transatlantic Security at Risk?” with panelists Lawrence Chalmer, professor of international relations, National Defense University, Rowen Price '19, Travis Sanderson '19, and Grace Vedock '20; moderated by Stan Sloan, Middlebury College winter term instructor.

Wednesday, 1/16, 12:45 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion
 - Exclusively for Students.

Tuesday, 1/22
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Lecture "David and Goliath: How Israeli Science Manouvers in a World of Giants" by Gad Yair, Israel Institute Visiting Faculty, MIT; The Louis and Ann Wolens Chair in Educational Research, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Tuesday-Thursday, 1/22–24
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Student-Run Global Affairs Conference "Beyond #MeToo: Global Responses to Sexual Assault in an Age of Reckoning."

Thursday, 1/24
Axinn 229
Lecture "Is that Kimchi in my Taco?: A Vision of Korean American food in one bite" by Ji-Song (Robert) Ku, associate professor, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University.

Tuesday, 1/29
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs Thesis Forum
with presentations by Henry Burnett '18.5, Kelsie Hoppes '18.5, and Will Simpson '18.5

February 2019

Tuesday, 2/19, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Lecture "From the Sight of Extraction: Thinking Globally with Indigeneity" by Macarena Gómez-Barris, chair social science and cultural studies, Pratt Institute; chairperson, SSCS; director, Global South Center.

Friday, 2/22, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "Latin American Stories of Resistance: A Literary Reading"by Gloria Estela González Zenteno, professor of Spanish, Middlebury College.

Thursday, 2/28, 12:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion
 - Exclusively for Students.

March 2019

Friday-Saturday, 3/1-3/2
Environmental Justice and Inclusivity Symposium organized by the Sunday Night Environmental Group.

Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "Fighting Fire with Fire: Promoting and Opposing Cremation in Israeli Society" by Zohar Gazit, Israel Institute Teaching Fellow in Modern Hebrew, Middlebury College.

Tuesday, 3/5, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Lecture by Edmundo Paz Soldán, professor of Spanish, Cornell University.

Thursday–Saturday, 3/7-9
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
RCGA's Annual International Conference "Migration, Displacement, and Belonging: Challenging the Paradigms."

Thursday, 3/14, 12:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion
 - Exclusively for Students.

Friday, 3/15, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "Who Controls the UN Security Council? Lessons from Domestic Politics" by Amy Yuen, associate professor of political science, Middlebury College.

Monday, 3/18, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
(pending)
Lecture "Youth Resistance in Putin's Russia" by Artemy Troitsky, Radio Liberty.

Thursday, 3/21, 12:30 p.m.
Hillcrest 103, The Orchard
Environmental Studies Colloquium lecture by Bill Moseley, professor of geography, Macalester College.

April 2019

Wednesday, 4/3, 12:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion
 - Exclusively for Students.

Thursday, 4/4, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
(pending)
Lecture "Frontera de Luz: La última vigilia”/Border of Lights: The Last Vigil" by Megan Jeanette Myers (Middlebury alum), assistant professor of Spanish and Latinz studies, Iowa State University.

Tuesday, 4/19, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
Future of the Past series lecture.

Thursday, 4/11, 4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room
 (pending)
Lecture "Sadness Is a White Bird" by Moriel Rothman-Zecher '11, novelist and poet.

Wednesday, 4/17
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Lecture "The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Tendencies in Free Societies" by Ryszard Legutko, professor of philosophy, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

May 2019

Thursday, 5/2, 12:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion
 - Exclusively for Students.

Friday, 5/3, 12:15 p.m.
Robert A. Jones '59 House Conference Room
International and Global Studies Colloquium lecture "Pageantry and Power: Gold in the Realm of Women during China's Six Dynasties and Tang Periods" by Sarah Laursen, assistant  professor of history of art and architecture, Middlebury College.