This spring, join some of Middlebury’s expert and engaging faculty members for interactive talks—from home.

Faculty at Home extends Middlebury’s academic reach to our community around the world. This webinar series invites you to engage in the digital space, to stay connected with faculty members, with big ideas, and with each other.

Moderated by Professor of Economics Caitlin Knowles Myers and Associate Professor of Political Science Sarah Stroup, this series will stimulate thought-provoking online conversations for the benefit of the Middlebury community far and wide. Faculty at Home is supported by numerous staff members—all working from home.

Faculty at Home is conducted in partnership with Middlebury’s Engaged Listening Project, funded in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Zoom webinar details will be provided after you register. 

Please note, all times listed are Eastern (EDT).  Recordings of previous webinars will be posted below several days after the event.      

Webinar Schedule

June 1

A Crisis Inside a Crisis: What COVID-19 Might Teach Us About Dealing with Climate

Bill McKibben

Schumann Distinguished Scholar

Moderated by Sarah Stroup, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Caitlin Knowles Myers, Professor of Economics

Environmentalist Bill McKibben says there are no silver linings to a pandemic, but if we’re going to go through this kind of trauma we might as well learn some things. Join him as he shares his sense of what we should be thinking as we come out of quarantine.

Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming. He is a co-founder and senior advisor at, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world.


June 22

Afterlife: A Conversation with Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez

​​​​​​​Writer-in-Residence Emerita

Julia Alvarez will discuss her new book, Afterlife, with College Professor Emeritus John Elder. Hosted by Caitlin Myers.

 Additional details and link to registration will be posted soon.

Zoom webinar details will be provided after you register.

Please note, all times listed are Eastern (EDT). 

Recordings of the following webinars will be posted below soon.  

  • Daniel Houghton - The Bonefish - Using Animation to Explore the Emotional Complexity of Abortion
  • Damascus Kafumbe - Drum Making as a Way of Life in Southern Uganda
  • Bob Cluss - Coronavirus and the Science of Epidemic Disease

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Previous Webinars

Frankenstein: Still Coming Alive After 200 Years

For 200 years, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has proven itself a shape-shifting and always-relevant text, providing generations of readers with an allegory for human psychology, class relations, gendered identity, the consequences of colonialism, and racial conflict. Today, it might even have something to say about our struggles with a global pandemic.

Financial Fraud in the Time of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has created numerous opportunities for criminal actors—cybercriminals using the pandemic as a ruse for their spearphishing campaigns, fraudsters setting up fake charities or taking advantage of the desperate scramble to acquire medical equipment and protective gear, or criminals using the new state of disorder to move their money with less risk of detection. Bad actors thrive in a state of chaos. Professor Ruehsen will first explain what you can do to protect yourself and then discuss what financial services firms can do to detect this criminal behavior.

Will Coronavirus Reshape Global Order?

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 Liang as she discusses what may be permanent shifts in how people (and nations) view sovereignty, freedom, democracy, market, and globalization.

Food System Transformation: What Do We Think We're Doing and Will It Work?

Calls to transform our food system are heard from every quarter now, especially given the connections between industrial agriculture and emergent infectious diseases. But what kinds of transformation are needed and how will they happen? Transformation to greater sustainability is essential for our own health and the health of ecosystems, but we can only accomplish this if we understand and deal with the current forms of power in the food system.

Why Deny? The Psychology of Science Denial, Doubt, and Resistance

How do individuals decide whether to vaccinate their children, accept human causes of climate change, or practice social distancing during a pandemic? Democracies depend on educated citizens who can make informed decisions for the benefit of their health and wellbeing, their communities, nations, and planet. Understanding key psychological explanations for science denial and resistance can help provide a means for improving scientific literacy and understanding – critically important at a time when denial has become deadly.

The COVID-19 Recession: Economic Fallout and Prospects for Recovery

COVID-19 is first and foremost a public health crisis. The economic fallout from the virus is also staggering, and our economic policy decisions could ameliorate the degree of hardship or substantially impede our eventual recovery. Macroeconomist Andrew Fieldhouse discusses the COVID-19 recession in the United States, recent policy responses, prospects for recovery, and the risks ahead.

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U.S. Politics in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis prompts two related questions for U.S. politics: First, has our system of government performed effectively in the face of a sudden disaster? And second, what will be the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for elections in November and beyond? Although definitive answers to these questions will only come over time, Professor Johnson will offer some preliminary thoughts on these topics and provide context from the perspective of a political scientist.

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