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The Middlebury Institute Speaker Series features an array of Middlebury Institute faculty experts discussing current tools for change.

General Information

Join Middlebury Institute faculty as they discuss practical tools for change and smart strategies needed to address mounting global threats. Talks will be an hour long, with a half-hour reception following, generously sponsored by Scheid Vineyards and Whole Foods Market.


Lecture 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Reception 7:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.


McGowan Building MG102
411 Pacific Street


$10 each. Limited availability.
Register here!


Sustainable Cities in Mitigating the Threats of Climate Change

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Fernando DePaolis

Featuring Fernando DePaolis, Associate Professor of Development Practice & Policy and Center for the Blue Economy researcher. Dr. DePaolis teaches Data Analysis, Development Economics, and other advanced quantitative policy analysis courses. He is a Research Fellow with the Naval Postgraduate School’s CORE Lab, and with UCLA’s North American Integration and Development Center. He has been the Regional Economist with the Denver Regional Council of Governments, and a consultant for cities, counties, international organizations, and several non-governmental organizations. Professor DePaolis is now affiliated with the Center for the Blue Economy, where he develops research and teaches courses on the problems and solutions at the interface between large bodies of water (oceans and lakes) and urban agglomerations. Fernando DePaolis has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA.


An Eye on Mandela: Revisiting Education as a Weapon for Societal Growth

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Anne Campbell

Featuring Anne Campbell, Assistant Professor of International Education Management. Dr. Campbell’s interests include the relationship between higher education and international development/social change, with a focus on international scholarship and fellowship programs. Her work concentrates on three main areas: university teaching, research, and program consultancies. Some of her recent accomplishments include teaching over 300 international scholarship grantees in civil society project development through the Open Society Foundations' Pre-Academic Summer School and leading international research teams to conduct program evaluation of a youth skills training program in rural Tanzania through the Learn, Earn, and Save Partnership between The MasterCard Foundation and the University of Minnesota. In addition, she also received the U.S. Department of State/IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Award to support doctoral research in the Republics of Georgia and Moldova.


Understanding Power in a Nuclear Age

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Interculturalist and Adjunct Professor Dr. Mary Kay Park, and David Schmerler, researcher at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Mary Kay Park

Mary Kay Park manages the Los Angeles station of a top-rated non-profit Broadcasting Company, FEBC-Korea. As a global media professional, she leads with intercultural communications competence and a focused perspective around culture and media. She has a passion for reducing marginality & increasing mutuality across the globe. In addition, she has also successfully assisted numerous fortune 100 companies improve their intercultural communication capacity. Driven by the urgency of creating a more just & loving global community, she believes that the power of narrative communication can lead the way in reshaping our global community towards greater human flourishing, one narrative thread at a time.

Dave Schmerler

Dave Schmerler

Dave Schmerler is a Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey. He holds a MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey. He has been featured in numerous articles for his expertise on North Korea including The New York Times and The Washington Post.