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Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series

Join faculty, staff, and community members at the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series to hear faculty members discuss their research.

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This lecture series is named for the late Carol de Dobay Rifelj, who came to Middlebury in 1972 as an Assistant Professor, serving also at that time as Director of the Château, and of the French House. Carol received tenure in 1979, was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1985, and was named Jean Thomson Fulton Professor of French in 1993. She retired from Middlebury in spring 2010 after 38 years on the faculty. An energetic scholar, Carol was the author of several books and numerous articles and essays. She was also active and innovative in electronic publication, producing a significant website, Le Lexique, that won a prize in 1996 from the American Association of Teachers of French and has continued to be an influential resource for French teachers worldwide.

During her time on the faculty, Carol served on all of the College’s major committees, and she held numerous administrative posts, serving as Dean of the French School from 1985 to 1987, as Dean of the Faculty from 1991 to 1993, and as the Dean for Faculty Development and Research from 2004 to 2007. Carol was an unstinting supporter and advocate for the faculty and their professional development. It is thus richly appropriate that this lecture series, which features Middlebury's own faculty, bears her name.

The 2021-22 schedule

Wednesday, October 6 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Gary Winslett, Political Science Department
"Global Vaccine Inequality: Are International Trade Rules to Blame?"

Wednesday, October 20 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Caitlin Myers, Economics Department
"What Happens if Roe v. Wade is Overturned?"

Wednesday, November 3 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Brett Millier, English and American Literatures Department
"Adrienne Rich Now"

Wednesday, November 10 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Nikolina Dobreva, Film and Media Culture Department, and Amit Prakash, Program in International and Global Studies
"Approaches to Justice Across Academic Disciplines"

Wednesday, March 2 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Jane Chaplin, Classics Department
"A Tale of Two Scipios"

Wednesday, March 9 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Febe Armanios, History Department, Marion Wells, English and American Literatures Department, Dima Ayoub, Arabic Department, Justin Doran, Religion Department, Hemangini Gupta, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program, and Will Nash, American Studies Program/ English and American Literatures Department
"Humanities in Action: Case Studies from Middlebury’s Public Humanities Labs Initiative"

Wednesday, March 16 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Cláudio Medeiros, Theatre Department, and Maria Alessandra Woolson, Romance Languages & Linguistics, University of Vermont
"In Extremis: The Theatre of Griselda Gambaro"

Wednesday, March 30 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Elizabeth Morrison, Religion Department
"Buddhist Responses to Confucian Criticism: Li Chunfu's Defense of the Dharma"

Wednesday, April 6 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Michael Linderman, Computer Science Department
"Applying Machine Learning and the “unreasonable effectiveness of data” to Structural Variant Genotyping in Whole Genome Sequencing"

Wednesday, April 20 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Gloria Estela González Zenteno, Luso-Hispanic Studies Department
"Arribada--A reading"

 Wednesday, April 27 | 4:30 Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
Sunhee Choi, Chemistry Department Emerita
"Tales of Two Basic Research Projects Leading to the Development of Drugs Against Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease"