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Since adding a local instance of WordPress two years ago, Middlebury students, faculty and staff have created hundreds of blogs. Every semester classes use our learning management system, Segue, to conduct online discussions.

MiddLab won't replace or replicate this activity. We don't want to build a single application that everyone needs to sign into and discuss their research. Rather, MiddLab will provide an aggregate view of the conversations occurring online relating to Middlebury course and project work.

To kick us off, here's a blogroll of some popular and interesting Middlebury and MIIS authors.

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Why Mitt Will Run In 2016…Oh, Never Mind!

Presidential Power - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:13pm
Earlier today, Mitt Romney announced, in a phone conversation with potential supporters, that he will not run for president in 2016, thus confirming what pundits had been predicting for some months now.  Or not.  (Update: According to Mitt’s statement, while he was confident based on conversations with party leaders, donors and other activists that he […]

Live Blogging the State of the Union

Presidential Power - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 8:18pm
Hi all, It’s been awhile, so I may be a bit rusty, but it’s time for another live blogging of the president’s State of the Union address.  As always, I’ll be watching this on CNN.   I hope you can join in using the comments sections.  Remember, part of the fun here is giving some history […]

Why Didn’t Mario Run? That Was Always The Question

Presidential Power - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 8:35pm
To run, or not to run? That seems, even today, to be the question. Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s death yesterday has sparked a wave of nostalgia, particularly among old-school liberals, regarding what might have been.  If only Cuomo had run for president in 1992! (Or 1988, for that matter.) Given his name recognition, […]

A Single Payer Health Care System: As Vermont Goes….?

Presidential Power - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:50am
As Vermont goes, so goes the nation? Back in 2010, as many of you may know, Peter Shumlin narrowly won election as Vermont governor in part on a promise to implement a single payer health coverage system run by the state. Although the term “single payer” can encompass a range of plans, the essential idea […]

Was Obamacare Worth It? Some Democrats Think Not.

Presidential Power - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:53pm
I’m up today at US News with a new post that serves as a sequel of sorts to an earlier post I wrote discussing the impact of Obama’s policy agenda on Democrats’ loss of control of Congress. In recent days Democrats such as New York Senator Chuck Schumer have openly questioned whether Obamacare was worth […]

Follow the 2014 Team

Transitional (In)justice - Thu, 12/12/2013 - 2:19pm
This page serves as a space for communication between the Transnational (In)justice team and the world.  Feel free to post updates on your experience or comment on what you’ve learned from the posts.

Teaching with Social Media

Teaching with Technology - Thu, 12/08/2011 - 7:26pm
This is the second screencast published on this site that is based on an interview I did with Prof. Louisa Stein from the Film and Media Culture department.  In this screencast Prof. Stein discusses her course on Millennial Media.  In this … Continue reading

Course Hub Case Studies

Teaching with Technology - Thu, 12/01/2011 - 5:59pm
The Course Hub is a meta-platform for aggregating resources for a given course across a variety of platforms including WordPress and Moodle.  Below is a screencast showing how the Course Hub has been used in courses this fall.

Integrating Moodle and WordPress

Teaching with Technology - Tue, 10/11/2011 - 11:59am
Louisa Stein is an assistant professor of Film and Media Culture who used both Moodle and WordPress in the spring of 2011 for a course on the “Aesthetics of the Moving Image.”  Prof. Stein used WordPress for the public face … Continue reading

Middleverse de Español

Teaching with Technology - Tue, 06/21/2011 - 4:16pm
Madison Middleverse 2nd life View more presentations from Joseph Antonioli. What: Constructing a Virtual Social Space for Language Acquisition Who: Maria Woolson, Research Associate and former Faculty Spanish & Portuguese Department Class: All sections of Spanish 210, Intermediate Spanish Language … Continue reading

Clickers in a large lecture class – Catherine Combelles

Teaching with Technology - Thu, 06/17/2010 - 2:54pm
What: Clickers (personal polling devices) in a large lecture class Who: Catherine Combelles, Assistant Professor of Biology Class: BIOL0145 Cell Biology and Genetics Technology Used: Personal Polling Devices (Clickers) Number of students: approx. 70 Learning objective: To monitor the students’ … Continue reading

I’m back…kind of. Plus: Choir performance!

If I only spoke in Russian for a year... - Sat, 04/17/2010 - 7:12am
I’m sorry for being away. But here’s something exciting to make up for it!.. Listen and watch “Beryozovye sny” (“Dreams of Birches”) and another choral piece performed by my choir at the 2010 Student Spring Festival today. Can you find me below!? Answer posted at the end, along with a video of the first one, […]

Spring Break (Days 4-5): Far-Eastbound

If I only spoke in Russian for a year... - Thu, 04/01/2010 - 2:39am
Our longest ride of the week–40 hours–came next: Chita to Khabarovsk on the Irkutsk-Vladivostok train. Most of our wagon-mates were on ’til the end of the line. More notably, nearly a third of the car consisted of a band of Uzbek migrant workers. They were spread out through the car, but it seemed that the […]

Spring Break (Days 2-3): Chita rocks

If I only spoke in Russian for a year... - Wed, 03/31/2010 - 2:38am
If they made shirts that said “I <3 Chita,” I would buy one and wear it all the time. ‘NICE’ & ‘TRAIN’. Two words that up to now I hadn’t considered being utterable in the same sentence. Nevertheless. The train was nice (that is, from Ulan-Ude to Chita). Relatively speaking, of course. Yes, the Russian […]

Spring Break (Day 1): ‘Trevoga’ redeemed in U.U.

If I only spoke in Russian for a year... - Sun, 03/28/2010 - 6:18am
Russians have a word (“trevoga”) for the spiritual qualms that you experience before traveling until you’re safely seated on your train/plane seat. I call it stress. Whatever it is, I feel it. The day of our departure, I went straight from classes to my internship, and then straight to choir rehearsal, leaving early around 8 […]

A half month of vacation. Updates soon.

If I only spoke in Russian for a year... - Thu, 03/25/2010 - 6:07am
I don’t know why (and neither does our coordinator), but Midd decided to give us half a month of vacation: our trip to Severobaikalsk (posts coming soon) and an 11-day spring break. Two weeks in between–just enough to recover from the first trip and getting ready for the second–have left me stressed a bit, and […]

The blog is intentionally left blank

Film and Media Culture at Middlebury - Thu, 02/04/2010 - 10:48am
Please note that the FMMC blog is going dormant, as our new departmental website will be more frequently updated. Please visit there for any news and updates to FMMC.

From the First Day to the 5th Week.

architecture abroad - Mon, 10/26/2009 - 6:42pm
So I know it’s been over a month since I’ve posted – but now that i’m feeling more settled I can give a much better report on life at the Architecture School in Ferrara. I’m taking classes in first and second year, but have friends in 3rd and 4th so I’m starting to get the […]

Bus 68

architecture abroad - Sat, 10/10/2009 - 5:43pm
I listen to a lecture about I.M.Pei's glass pyramids from my professor, an engineer who worked on the project. After class, about halfway home, I found myself a pane of glass away from 673 very famous panes of glass.

architecture at unife.

architecture abroad - Tue, 09/22/2009 - 1:09pm
So I arrived in Ferrara about two weeks ago and have been slowly exploring the city. I’m living with 3 italian students – one from Sicily, one from Puglia and ove from Venice – in a wonderful but small house right in the center of the city. (i’m attaching a picture of the narrow street […]

time management

architecture abroad - Wed, 09/16/2009 - 5:17pm
At ESA you don't get to choose any of our courses until your 3rd or 4th year. Even then, the choice is mostly between studios (i.e. which professor you prefer) and maybe an either/or elective option. Since I'm not taking the full load of courses, however, apart from the studio I get to pick and choose what I take. I chose to take the art class, and two more engineering based courses: "Methodology of Structures" and "Construction".

classes have begun

architecture abroad - Tue, 09/15/2009 - 12:32pm
the steps @ ESA so… i started writing this post a looong time ago, and while it’s been sitting on the to-do list for quite some time, the crunch of still getting used to it all and piling schoolwork on top of it has been a lot. so what i’m going to do is get […]

Student Thesis Online: Transmedia Storytelling in Television 2.0

Film and Media Culture at Middlebury - Tue, 07/14/2009 - 2:05pm
One of FMMC’s honors graduates this past year, Aaron Smith, wrote a project that warrants broader dissemination, given its timely topic and “prescriptive” tone. Aaron wrote about transmedia storytelling in contemporary television, specifically exploring what lessons can be learned from experiments from the last decade and how future storytellers might devise more successful examples. Aaron […]

Come see and hear Senior Work!

Film and Media Culture at Middlebury - Mon, 05/04/2009 - 9:24am
The Film & Media Culture Department welcomes the Middlebury community to two events presenting the independent work of our seniors: Thursday 5/7, 7:30 pm in Dana Auditorium: Independent Video Screenings by Waylon D’Mello, David Ellis, Jason Gutierrez, and Matt Leonard. Following the screening at around 8:30 pm on 5/7, we will have a end-of-semester reception […]

Two Screenings on April 15 and 16

Film and Media Culture at Middlebury - Sat, 04/11/2009 - 8:43am
This week, there are two screenings with filmmakers attending: On Wed April 15 at 7:45 pm in Dana, we’ll be viewing the PBS broadcast of Planet Forward. The show is a companion to the website, which features short user-generated videos about global warming and energy issues. The show’s producer and host, Frank Sesno, is a […]

Special Screening of Revolutionary Road with Screenwriter Justin Haythe

Film and Media Culture at Middlebury - Mon, 03/09/2009 - 3:27pm
Justin Haythe ’96 will return to Middlebury to screen Revolutionary Road, which he adapted from the Richard Yates novel. The screening will be in Dana Auditorium on Sunday, March 15 at 7:30 pm, followed by a question & answer session.

Merci de toutes ces nouvelles!!!!

Chers poitevins et cheres poitevines, Quel plaisir de vous lire et de decouvrir ces merveilleuses photos sur votre sejour en France. L’article de Catherine Meisel-Valdez que nous avons publie dans la Gazette de cette semaine (allez lire la Gazette en ligne sur le site de l’Ecole francaise) nous a fait aussi decouvrir le quotidien de […]

La Rochelle

Voici d’autres photographies de La Rochelle prises lors de notre visite au bord de la mer (pour en savoir plus, lisez le blog de Bethany).  Bonne lecture !  Dustin                      

Le château de Chenonceau

Voici une photographie du château de Chenonceau où nous sommes allés le 13 juillet pour une visite splendide mais aussi pour notamment un déjeuner extraordinaire et inoubliable.  Que cette photographie vous fasse rêver d’un monde magique et royal !  Dustin    

Bonjour Barbara!

J’aimerais bien t’envoyer des spécialités culinaires, mais…Thierry travaille encore sur le blog qu’il nous faudrait pour cela! Mais nous avons bien mangé des spécialités du Poitou-Charentes le weekend dernier, plutôt de la Charentes que du Poitou en fait…nous sommes allés à La Rochelle pour une journée au bord de la mer avec déjeuner (fruits de […]

Le château est toujours là

Pour les nostalgiques du château, je poste une photographie tirée aux aurores de juin. J’attends en retour des châteaux poitevins !