Arms Control Attaché/Russian Interpreter
United States Army, retired
Joe Phillips recently completed 23 years of active duty in the United States Army. For more than half of that time, he worked on international operations and in arms control. Joe says that his Middlebury experience has greatly broadened not only his facility with language but his understanding of Russian culture.
“The immersion effect is profound. The approach is global. We learn about everything from Russian poetry to soccer. Having spent time at Middlebury before I went to Russia, I felt as if I had lived there already. Middlebury was very good preparation for moving into the country.”
BA, Double Major in Political Science and Russian
After working for a number of years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Calvin Garner was ready for a career change. He wanted to study international relations at George Washington University, but didn’t know how he would fulfill his language requirement while pursuing full-time study. So he came back to Middlebury in the summer to pursue graduate-level studies in Russian.
“There is a clear advantage for those people who have the cultural understanding that real experience in the language brings,” Calvin says. “I know that my time at Middlebury is going to be that extra piece that sets me apart from most of my competition.”