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

General Information

Due to COVID-19, our speaker series format will take a virtual approach for the remainder of the series.

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. Includes Q&A session. Sponsored by the Gerry Taylor Seminars Endowment Fund and Scheid Vineyards.


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Promoting Peace: Viewing Peace Through a Gender Lens

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Sarah Bidgood

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)