January 20, 1997

Peskin Delivers 1997 Robert van de Velde Memorial Lecture

This January, Bob Peskin, director of music ministries at the Unity Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, delivered the 1997 Robert W. van de Velde, Jr. Memorial Lecture at Middlebury College. Mr. Peskin, a former Middlebury resident, is known to many throughout the area as the founder of The Fat Tones, an a-cappella trio, and for his work as associate director of alumni affairs at the College. The title of this year's lecture was, "The Arts in American Society: What We Have, What We're at Risk of Losing, and What You Can Do About It."

After graduating from Princeton University in 1978, Mr. Peskin came to Middlebury and worked as an announcer, program director, and news director for Addison Broadcasting (WFAD-AM). Before joining the Middlebury College staff, he was director of marketing and album producer for Philo Records in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont. Mr. Peskin moved to Minnesota in 1992.

Other professional work by Mr. Peskin includes arranging vocal music for a-cappella ensembles, directing music for theatrical productions, commercial voice-overs, and preparation of commercial recordings for editing the Dale Warland Singers and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, for eight years Mr. Peskin was advisor to the campus radio station, WRMC.

The Robert W. van de Velde, Jr. '75 Memorial Lecture was established in 1981 by Mr. van de Velde's parents, R.W. and the late Barbara van de Velde, his widow, Diana Mooney van de Velde, and other family members and friends. The series involves an annual lecture dealing with public affairs and journalism, particularly broadcast journalism. Previous speakers in the series have included Frank Sesno '77, Cecil Forster '64, Robert Abernethy, Governor Madeleine Kunin, Raymond Benson, Jane Bryant Quinn '60, and E.D. Hirsch.