MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? As interest grows in the Oct. 24 John Hamilton Fulton Lecture by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., Middlebury College officials announced today that it is unlikely the college will be able to accommodate all those who plan to attend the event.
In response to the high interest, the college has established an admissions procedure for those who attend the lecture, and arranged for two satellite locations on campus where a live video feed of the talk will take place. It appears that most, if not all, visitors from outside the college community will need to view the event in one of the satellite locations. Roberts' remarks are currently scheduled to be broadcast live throughout Addison County on Middlebury Community Television's (MCTV) educational programming channel, Channel 16.
The talk will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Mead Chapel, which is on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). A parking map is available on the Middlebury College Web site. Chief Justice Roberts will take questions from the audience after his lecture. Both the video feeds and the live broadcast will include the question and answer session.
The capacity of Mead Chapel is about 750 people. The satellite viewing areas will provide seating for more than 400 guests.
Middlebury College Secretary of the College John Emerson, said, "We truly regret that we may not be able to accommodate all those in the wider community and those who may travel to Middlebury for this event. We welcome visitors to our campus and encourage them to arrive at one of the satellite viewing areas by 7:30 p.m."
The following procedures will be used for admission to the talk:
. The doors to Mead Chapel will open to Middlebury College ID holders at 7 p.m.
. From 7-7:30 p.m., Middlebury College ID holders-students, faculty and staff-will be admitted into Mead Chapel. No admission will be permitted at this time for any individual without a Middlebury College ID.
. From 7:30-8:15 p.m., if seats are still available, all those who wish to attend the event, both Middlebury ID holders and others, will be admitted.
. For security measures, guests may not bring in backpacks, bags or other large items; such items will not be allowed inside and there will be no storage. These are standard security measures and will also allow more people to be seated in Mead Chapel.
. Holding of seats for friends or relatives will not be permitted.
. When seating is filled to capacity, the doors will be closed and no additional guests will be admitted.
. At 7:30 p.m., satellite viewing areas with live video feeds of the event will open to the public in Dana Auditorium, located in Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125), and in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, located on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125).
. Parking will be available in several locations, including the Center for the Arts lot, the athletic complex lot, and at McCardell Bicentennial Hall.
The original press release regarding the event is available on the college's Web site. The event is free.
For more information, contact the Middlebury College Office of Public Affairs at 802-443-5198.