WorldViews Speaker Series 2019

The Middlebury Institute Speaker Series features an array of Middlebury Institute faculty experts discussing topics reflecting the Institute's mission.

General Information

Join Middlebury Institute faculty as they discuss the Institute's three pillars of its mission: advancing understanding; promoting peace; and driving change in pursuit of a more just world. A reception will preceed each talk, and talks will be 75 minutes long. Sponsored by the Gerry Taylor Seminars Endowment Fund. Wine provided by Scheid Vineyards.


$10 each. Limited availability.
Register here!


Reception 5:30 p.m.
Lecture 6:15 p.m. 


Reception in Holland Center, 442 1/2 Van Buren Street
Talk in Morse Building, B104, 426 Van Buren Street 

Max Troyer

Advancing Understanding: Languages Across a Global World

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Max Troyer

Professor Troyer’s finger is on the pulse of the localization industry to ensure that the TLM curriculum reflects the needs of language industry, i.e. translation agencies and the customers who buy translation and localization from them. TLM alumni constantly send him ideas for topics that absolutely must be included in the curriculum. He also seeks out partnerships with localization tool providers, keeping the program on the cutting edge of an industry in constant flux.

Sarah Bidgood Profile Photo

Promoting Peace: Viewing Peace Through a Gender Lens

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Sarah Bidgood and Danielle Steed

Sarah Bidgood

Sarah is the director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. Her research focuses on US-Soviet and US-Russia nonproliferation cooperation, as well as the international nonproliferation regime more broadly. She is the co-editor of the book Once and Future Partners: The United States, Russia, and Nuclear Non-Proliferation, which was published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in 2018. She also leads the Young Women in Nonproliferation Initiative at CNS.

Danielle Steed

Danielle Steed, NPTS Graduate Candidate


Wei Liang

Pursuing a More Just World: Economic Justice in Today's Globalized World

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Wei Liang

Wei Liang

Wei's teaching and research interest focuses on economic decision-making in China, East Asian regionalism, international trade negotiation, and global economic governance. Liang’s ongoing research includes determinants of China and other emerging economies’ behavior in global economic institutions, especially through trade, investment, and climate change negotiations. Her research has benefited a lot from her teaching, which in turn has informed her research. Her work is motivated by a concern for interest groups and regime-building at both national and international levels, an effort to utilize multiple research methods (including field research, quantities empirical study, and cross-country comparisons), and a desire to contribute to the global public policy conversation. She has been involved in major research projects in collaboration with scholars from the U.S., China, Japan, and Europe.