Programming and Events
Our programming aims to expand our collective thinking and to create opportunities for open dialogue and reflection. Special programs, discussions, lectures, panels, performances, and cultural events bring new voices to campus to challenge and stimulate us.
Cafecito Hour is an informal series of presentations and discussions on works in progress, special interests, and emerging ideas by Middlebury faculty, staff, and students. Cafecito Hour began in 2005 and was inspired by the book A Cafecito Story from renowned author and Middlebury Writer-in-Residence Julia Alvarez '71.
Hirschfield International Film Series allows for extraordinary foreign and independent films, to be screened on Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. in Dana Auditorium, plus special events and lectures (times vary; see listings for details). Free and open to the public.
John Hamilton Fulton Lecture in the Liberal Arts was established at Middlebury College in 1966. The late Alexander Hamilton Fulton, an emeritus member of the Middlebury College board of trustees, donated the gift that established the lectureship, which is named in honor of his father.
Previous Fulton lecturers have included Beverly Sills, James A. Baker III, William H. Rehnquist, Wynton Marsalis, Elie Wiesel, John G. Roberts Jr., and Lani Guinier.
Middlebury-Monterey Lecture Series allows for Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute for International Studies to promote shared expertise and education through the exchange of faculty speakers as the two institutions deepen their integration.
Pedagogy Series provides an opportunity for faculty members to learn from their colleagues and to reflect on their own teaching experiences. The topics range from practical suggestions for introducing new ideas into a syllabus, to theoretical frameworks for understanding different pedagogical approaches, to current research on how students learn and engage with the world. Center for Teaching Learning and Research is pleased to partner with a variety of campus organizations and offices to present the pedagogy series.
Performing Arts Series presents a diverse spectrum of performances and residencies by highly acclaimed artists, as well as the brightest emerging and alumni artists in chamber music, dance, and theatre.
Twilight Scholars Program began in 1994 in honor of Alexander Twilight, who was the first African American graduate of Middlebury College. The program is intended to enhance diversity programming by inviting professors from other academic institutions, guest speakers, and artists to Middlebury for a two- to three-day residency. During the residency Twilight Scholars present public lectures, visit classes, and interact with faculty, staff, and students in and outside of the classroom.
Previous Twilight Scholars have included Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, Philip Hamilton '82, Kymberly Pinder '87, Houston A. Baker Jr. and Charlotte Pierce Baker, Duda Penteado, Claude Steele, Scott Page, and Junot Diaz.
Woodin ES Colloquium Series provides weekly events, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community beyond the College gather over lunch to hear from a broad range of speakers—students, faculty, alumni, and environmental professionals—on conservation and environmental topics. In addition to helping foster an ES community on campus, students can learn about different environmental careers and develop internship and employment connections.