Institute Professor Mahabat Baimyrzaeva encourages her students to uncover their deeply seated ideas and assumptions, subject them to critical review, and, when necessary and possible, replace them with a more accurate view of reality.
The Middlebury Institute’s Faculty Excellence Award for 2020/21 has been awarded to Professor Philipp Bleek of the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program, who met the challenge of adapting his courses to the online learning environment with enthusiasm and innovation.
Keynote speaker Brian Deese ’00, director of the White House National Economic Council, and others celebrated the accomplishments of more than 200 graduates from 18 countries at Saturday’s online Commencement ceremony.
The increased use of remote communications has made it easier for alumni from around the world to share their expertise with current students. As an example, two alumni who work as staff interpreters for the United Nations recently conducted free subject-matter workshops (via Zoom) for interpretation students interested in learning more about careers at the UN.
Tomorrow, we look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our May graduates at spring commencement. Our entire community is looking forward to a summer filled with new adventures, new projects, new jobs for some, and a well-deserved rest for all. We also wish Eid Mubarak to our Muslim community members.
As part of the Middlebury Institute’s Leaders in Residence program, Institute alumna Lorena Ortiz Schneider MATI ’92 recently presented three sessions for students sharing experiences and insights from her 30-year career in language services.