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.

If I only spoke in Russian for a year... (5)
If I only spoke in Russian for a year...

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 […]