Middlebury Institute Center directors discuss today’s vexing world problems of race relations, domestic/global terrorism, climate change, and nonproliferation.
Due to COVID-19, our spring 2021 speaker series will take place online via Zoom.
Stay tuned for upcoming 2021 dates for our Spring WorldViews Speaker Series! Free to attend. Includes Q&A session. Sponsored by the Gerry Taylor Seminars Endowment Fund. Zoom webinar details will be provided after you register. All times are Pacific (PDT/PST).
Fall WorldViews Recordings
The 2020 Fall WorldViews recordings are available here: https://vimeo.com/showcase/worldviews. Featured speakers from the fall series can be found below.
Center for Conflict Studies (CCS)
September 9, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PDT
Pandemic, Protests, and Politics: Prospects for Peace
Professor Pushpa Iyer focuses on how individuals, communities, and institutions can use a peacebuilding framework to counter the social unrest caused by the current pandemic and calls for justice.
Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC)
October 14, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. PDT
Delving Into the Extremism of White Supremacy: Who are They, What Do They Want?
By nearly any objective measurement there has been a rise in extremism associated with the white supremacist movement. Join Professor Jason Blazakis to learn why, and how the COVID pandemic is contributing to this evolving transnational challenge.
Elise Birkett will join Professor Scorse in this discussion. Elise works as a research assistant at the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE). She graduated from New York University in May 2020 with a double BA in environmental studies and journalism. She has spent the past two years interning with various environmental news outlets and political think tanks. She wrote her undergraduate honors thesis on regenerative agriculture and organic farming in the Northeast. Elise will receive her MA in International Environmental Policy May 2022.
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
November 11, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. PST
The US-Russian Nuclear Predicament: Are We Doomed to Cooperate or Simply Doomed?
For more than a half century, Washington and Moscow have worked to manage their nuclear competition and to cooperate in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. But what’s the future of this often rocky relationship? Professor Bill Potter offers his insights into US-Russian nuclear dynamics and their implications for world stability.
Aubrey Means will join Dr. Potter in this discussion. Aubrey works as a research assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). She spent most of 2019 interning with Czech Technical University’s Nuclear Research Reactor Department in Prague, Czech Republic. She worked as a summer associate for the Sanctions Compliance unit at BNP Paribas in New York. Aubrey will receive her MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies this December.
Additional Faculty Talks
For additional faculty talks, check out the schedule for Middlebury’s Faculty at Home Speaker Series here! Also be sure to check out the Fall 2020 Center for the Blue Economy and Environmental Justice & Sustainability Speaker Series at go.miis.edu/sustainability.
Previous Spring 2020 WorldViews recordings may be accessed below:
Promoting Peace: Viewing Peace Through a Gender Lens
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Sarah Bidgood directs the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program for the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute, with a research focus on U.S.-Soviet and U.S.-Russia nonproliferation cooperation and the international nonproliferation regime more broadly. She also leads the CNS Young Women in Nonproliferation Initiative. She earned her M.A. in Nonproliferation Studies and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute in 2016.
In this podcast, Brad Copeland interviews Sarah about the role of gender in preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. They discuss how bringing more women experts into the nonproliferation space can improve outcomes in this critical area of international security.
Our interviewer, Brad Copeland, is master mechanic for Scott SRAM MTB Racing. Brad currently works with professional mountain biker rider, Kate Courtney, an elite national and world champion in the sport, thanks in part to Brad’s meticulous support. Brad studied journalism in college and often interfaces with the media working with Kate. Brad could interview Sarah on site during the pandemic because…they’re married, and thus sheltering in place together. Follow Brad’s bike adventures on Instagram (@bbcopeland)
Will Coronavirus Reshape Global Order?
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The pandemic has and will continue to profoundly impact world politics and the economy. Ideas and policies developed over decades and the competence of national governments and international institutions have been shaken and tested. Join Professor Wei Liang as she discusses what may be permanent shifts in how people (and nations) view sovereignty, freedom, democracy, market, and globalization.