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

Carol Rifelj

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 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.

Recent Events in the Series

  • Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series: "Arribada--A reading"

    Gloria Estela González Zenteno, Luso-Hispanic Studies Department

    Mariana Sánchez Celis has traveled the world as a pianist trained at the Juilliard School of Music. But when her mother has a stroke and her beloved uncle suddenly disappears, Mariana must put her life on hold to return to her home in Ayotlan, Mexico.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series: "Buddhist Responses to Confucian Criticism: Li Chunfu's Defense of the Dharma"

    Elizabeth Morrison, Religion Department

    The Chinese official Li Chunfu (1177–1223) was a devoted follower of the Buddhist tradition. His impatience with the criticism of Buddhism common among Neo-Confucians prompted him to compose an extended response. Professor Morrison will draw from this work, which she is currently translating, to characterize the ways he counters their attacks. She will also place him within the centuries-long tradition of Chinese Buddhist apologetic literature.  

    Vaccinations and masks required.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series: "Humanities in Action: Case Studies from Midd’s Public Humanities Labs Initiative"

    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”

    Virtual Middlebury

    Open to the Public
  • Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series: "A Tale of Two Scipios" Jane Chaplin, Classics Department

    Does history really repeat itself?  If not, how is it that Scipio Africanus (ca. 235-183 BCE) and his biological nephew/adoptive grandson Scipio Aemilianus (185-129 BCE) both were entrusted with major commands at an early age, both were left to raise their own army for their second major commands, both achieved lasting renown for defeating Carthage, and both had a best friend named Gaius Laelius (themselves father and son)?  Professor Chaplin will show how the younger Scipio engineered similarities to his illustrious adoptive grandfather to bolster his own career.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public