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Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • Reunion: A Service of Remembrance and Celebration

    Join us for this wonderful way to end Middlebury’s Reunion Week with a Sunday tribute to alumni and our hopes for the future. Please join Mark Orten, Director of the Scott Center and Chaplain of the College and Associate Chaplains Danielle Stillman and Saifa Hussain for this recorded memorial service at Mead Chapel. Visit go.middlebury.edu/reunion to watch the event.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Open to the Public

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Summer Data Workshops: The Unix Shell

    The Unix shell has been around longer than most of its users have been alive. It has survived so long because it’s a power tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few keystrokes. More importantly, it helps them combine existing programs in new ways and automate repetitive tasks so they aren’t typing the same things over and over again. Use of the shell is fundamental to using a wide range of other powerful tools and computing resources (including “high-performance computing” supercomputers).

    Virtual Middlebury

    Closed to the Public

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

  • Summer Data Workshops: Introduction to R and RStudio

    This is an introduction to R designed for participants with no, or little, programming experience.

    Why should you learn R?
    * R does not involve lots of pointing and clicking, and that’s a good thing
    * R code is great for reproducibility
    * R is interdisciplinary and extensible
    * R works on data of all shapes and sizes
    * R produces high-quality graphics
    * R has a large and welcoming community

    Virtual Middlebury

    Closed to the Public

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

  • Summer Data Workshops: Data wrangling in R with dpylr and tidyr

    dplyr is a package for making tabular data manipulation easier by using a limited set of functions that can be combined to extract and summarize insights from your data. It pairs nicely with tidyr which enables you to swiftly convert between different data formats (long vs. wide) for plotting and analysis.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Closed to the Public

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

  • Summer Data Workshops: Creating high quality graphics in R with ggplot2

    ggplot2 is a plotting package for R that makes it simple to create complex plots from data stored in a data frame. It provides a programmatic interface for specifying what variables to plot, how they are displayed, and general visual properties. Therefore, researchers only need minimal changes if the underlying data change or if they decide to change from a bar plot to a scatterplot. This helps in creating publication quality plots with minimal amounts of adjustments and tweaking.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Closed to the Public
  • Careers in National Security Using Foreign Language (Arabic, French and Russian) Skills

    Torden is a New England-based professional services firm that provides foreign language solutions to the Federal Government – specifically, the Intelligence Community.
    Working as members of an integrated Government-Contractor team in support our nation’s National Security, Torden language professionals help protect against threats emanating from our Nation’s adversaries.

    Virtual Middlebury

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

  • Summer Data Workshops: Linux at Middlebury

    Linux is an open-source operating system that is fundamentally relevant and empowering to research computing in many disciplines. Linux is available at Middlebury, from personal workstations to high-performance computing clusters, and this session will explore the landscape of Linux capabilities and tools on campus. This session pairs well with the Unix Shell workshop offering on June 15, 2021, and its instruction about using the terminal, although that workshop is not a prerequisite.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Closed to the Public

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • Summer Data Workshops: Introduction to text mining in R

    Text mining is the process of transforming unstructured texts of all kinds (literary, scholarly, journalistic, scientific, etc.) into a form where the language of the documents can be analyzed. Using tidy data principles can help make these tasks easier, more efficient, and more interoperable with other tools. Luckily, R has packages that make this process work very well inside the R environment.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Closed to the Public

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

  • Information Session: Middlebury Schools Abroad

    Open to undergraduate students at any college or university

    Want to continue your language immersion while studying abroad? Middlebury has undergraduate study abroad programs in 16 countries, where you can take courses toward your major, pursue an internship or volunteer work, and engage with the culture of your host community, all under the Language Pledge.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Open to the Public

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Monday, August 9, 2021

  • Bread Loaf Lecture Series: “Friend to Friend in the Endtime: Imagining Solidarity, Writing the Future” with Jess Row

    Dystopian or post-apocalyptic novels like Parable of the Sower, Station Eleven, Severance, Fiskadoro, and Dhalgren often imagine relationships of love, companionship, and interdependence across lines of race, gender identification, class, age, and nationality. This lecture raises the question of why these stories seem so attractive in the future, yet impossible in the present, and what we can learn from dystopian narratives about creating better characters in any story.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Admission: $25
    Open to the Public

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

  • Bread Loaf Lecture Series: “The I As Multitudes" with Reginald Dwayne Betts

    The ways in which writers engage the I has always been worthy of discussion. But mostly not for what the I says about the writer - and yet, what we imagine the I says about the writer is what frightens so many of becoming multitudes. This class asks questions about the I and what it means to embody multitudes, what it means to be more than ourselves on the page.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Admission: $25
    Open to the Public
  • Bread Loaf Lecture Series: “The Art of Describing”

    The most memorable prose descriptions make use not only of word choice but of syntax, context, rhythm, and sound for their effectiveness. In this class, we will discuss examples of exemplary descriptive prose as a means of helping participants enhance their own powers of description.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Admission: $25
    Open to the Public

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

  • Bread Loaf Lecture Series: “Literature in Real Time” with Craig Morgan Teicher

    Diary, daybook, to do list: these quotidian forms can be fruitful fodder for works of imaginative literature in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, spurring and dramatizing consciousness self-discovery in what feels like real time. This lecture will examine works by Hilton Als, A.R. Ammons, Sarah Manguso, Enrique Vila-Matas, and others to see what can be accomplished when these kinds of real-time check-ins are used as literary forms.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Admission: $25
    Open to the Public

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021

  • Bread Loaf Lecture Series: “Slightly Odd or Profoundly Bizarre: Notes on Defamiliarization” with Matthew Oltzmann

    This lecture will explore the idea that poetry should “make the strange familiar, and the familiar strange.” How does something recognizable or mundane suddenly find itself charged with mystery? How does something wild and surreal feel immediately connected to our daily lives? At a glance, it might seem like I’m describing two very different types of poems: one invested in our ordinary world, the other reaching for the absurd. The real and the unreal. However, in each of these modes, the effect I’m describing is actually achieved through similar means.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Admission: $25
    Open to the Public

Saturday, August 14, 2021

  • Bread Loaf Lecture Series: “Fiction Forms" with Tiphanie Yanique

    Poets use form to challenge themselves by the form’s limitations. Poets also use form to participate in poetic tradition. In many cases, poets push against the limitations for forms as a way to push against the traditions which created those forms. Specific forms, however, have specific strengths which allow for specific dynamics to arise in the poem. To this end, poets have often created new forms as ways to reference new cultural limitations, create new traditions and make possible new dynamics.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Admission: $25
    Open to the Public