Join some of Middlebury’s expert and engaging faculty members for interactive talks—from home.

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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 Caitlin Knowles Myers, John G. McCullough Professor of Economics and Sarah Stroup, Associate Professor of Political Science, 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—almost all of whom are working from home.

Links to registration will be available in January.  Zoom webinar details will be provided after you register. 

Please note, all times listed are Eastern (ET).  Recordings of previous webinars have been posted on separate subpages. 

January 28

Teaching and the Pedagogy of Memory  

Liria Evangelista

Liria Evangelista de Gonzalez

After the last military dictatorship in Argentina ended in 1983, the long decades of post-dictatorship posed a challenge: how to transmit the memory of that period to younger generations. This talk will explore questions such as: Is there a pedagogy of memory? Is it possible to build a curriculum that addresses the difficult issue of traumatic memories? Are institutions willing or able to deal with this issue? Professor Evangelista will also address the complex ways in which Argentine schools and universities, along with human-rights organizations, have dealt with memory. 
Liria Evangelista de Gonzalez (licenciatura, Universidad de Buenos Aires; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook) is a writer, literary critic, and university professor. She has taught at many institutions, including the Middlebury Spanish School, and has been on-site academic director for the Middlebury Graduate School in Buenos Aires since 2012. Evangelista studies the impact of political violence and memory in Argentine and Latin American literatures. She is the author of Voices of the survivors, testimony, mourning and memory in post-dictatorship Argentina, four other books, and numerous articles.

Hosted by Sarah Stroup, Associate Professor of Political Science.

February 9

Algebra and Geometry: A Beautiful Relationship  

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Emily Proctor

Many of us first encountered algebra and geometry as two separate and very different areas of mathematics, but the two fields are intricately interconnected. Starting from the basics of Euclidean geometry and elementary algebra, award-winning teacher Emily Proctor highlights the relationship between these fields and shows how algebra is one of our strongest tools for understanding geometric objects and the world around us.

Emily Proctor (B.A., Bowdoin College; MA, Ph.D. Dartmouth College) has been on the faculty at Middlebury since 2005. Her research area is the spectral geometry of orbifolds, which are generalizations of more familiar objects such as curves and surfaces in 3-dimensional space. In the classroom, Proctor frequently teaches courses on algebra and geometry. She is currently also exploring ways in which mindfulness can help deepen students’ learning experiences.

Hosted by Sarah Stroup, Associate Professor of Political Science.

February 23

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow… or Knot: Combing through Vermont Hairwork Collections  

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Ellery Foutch

Nineteenth-century Americans often saved or exchanged locks of hair as mementos, constructing elaborate items of jewelry or keepsake wreaths that embodied familial relationships and kinship networks. These tokens could serve memorial purposes or solidify friendships. This material, crafted from the body, was often worn on the body, near the heart, or displayed within the intimate space of the home. In more recent decades, hair has become a potent political medium for artists highlighting feminism and ethnic or racial identity. In this talk, Professor Foutch will share the insights gleaned during a winter-term class inspired by works in local collections and explore the meanings of hair in American culture, past and present.  

Ellery Foutch (B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art; PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is an assistant professor in the American Studies department at Middlebury College, where she teaches classes on the art and material culture of the United States. She has also held postdoctoral teaching fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Courtauld Institute of Art. 

Hosted by Caitlin Myers, John G. McCullough Professor of Economics.

March 9

Poets on Paintings  

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Italian Renaissance painting of a Duchess by Scipione Pulzone; The Great Migration series, Panel 40 by Jacob Lawrence; Tracing of an engraving of the Sosibios vase by Keats

Antonia Losano

Ekphrastic poetry—poetry that describes a work of art, real or imagined—has been around since Homer described the complex decorations on the shield of Achilles in the Iliad, and countless poets since then have tried to translate visual artworks into words. How are we to understand this cross-media genre? Professor Antonia Losano will talk about a few notable examples of ekphrastic poets, including Keats, Browning, Auden, Sexton, Komunyakaa, and Trethewey. You’ll also look at the artworks they describe and explore the complex relationship of word and image. 
Antonia Losano (Ph.D., Cornell University) has been a member of the English and American Literatures Department since 1999. She specializes in Romantic and Victorian literature, literary theory, and women’s writing. She also teaches courses on literature and the visual arts, animals in literature, and bibliotherapy. She has written on Victorian literature and the visual arts as well as contemporary romance novels, animal studies, and Jane Austen. 

Professor Losano provided this list of poems that she is likely to refer to, at least in part, during this webinar: 

John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess”
W.H. Auden, “Musee de Beaux Arts”
Anne Sexton, “Starry Night”
U.A. Fanthorpe, “Not my Best Side”
Wislawa Szymborska, “Two Monkeys by Bruegel”
Anne Carson’s poems inspired by Edward Hopper
Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa, Rita Dove, Natasha Trethewey, Terrance Hayes, and Nikky Finney inspired by the Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence

Hosted by Caitlin Myers, John G. McCullough Professor of Economics.

March 23

Scenes From “Aristotle & Alexander”: A New Play About an Ancient Classroom  

Aristotle and Alexander

Dana Yeaton

Last March, theatre professor Dana Yeaton and actor-playwright Cole Merrell ’21 started writing a play together. Their inspiration was the legendary teacher-student relationship between Aristotle and Alexander the Great. Actor Ethan Bowen joined the weekly Zoom sessions to improvise the role of Aristotle, with Merrill playing the teenaged Alexander. Join Bowen and Merrill for a performance of excerpts from this two-character show, followed by a Q&A with Yeaton, Merrell, Bowen, and Alexander Buchinger Shea ’22, the project’s research assistant and dramaturg. You’ll be part of the script’s first audience, and your feedback will be the next step in its development. 
Dana Yeaton (B.A., Middlebury College) is a playwright and lyricist who teaches dramatic writing and oratory at Middlebury College. His full-length drama Mad River Rising received the Moss Hart Award, and his two-person musical, Swing State, was a featured selection at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Redshirts, his college football story, set at a fictional Division I university, was a Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding New Play. Yeaton is the founder and faculty director of Oratory Now, a center for training and research in oral expression at Middlebury. 

Hosted by Sarah Stroup, Associate Professor of Political Science.

April 21

Salt of the Earth: The Rhetoric of White Supremacy  

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James Chase Sanchez

In this talk, James Chase Sanchez argues that contemporary rhetoric of white supremacy is built around structures of preservation. Using ethnographic and autoethnographic research in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas, Sanchez pinpoints the ways communities preserve their white supremacy via tactics of identity formation, storytelling, and silencing.

James Chase Sanchez (B.A., University of Texas at Tyler; Ph.D., Texas Christian University) is assistant professor of writing and rhetoric at Middlebury College. He recently produced a documentary titled Man on Fire, which won an International Documentary Association Award in 2017 and aired on PBS via Independent Lens in 2018. Sanchez is currently producing a docuseries about an elite New England boarding school that has covered up sexual assault and rape allegations for several decades.

Hosted by Caitlin Myers, John G. McCullough Professor of Economics.

May 6

Conspiracies and Disinformation: New Challenges or Sources of Timeless Turmoil?  

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Jason Blazakis

Jason M. Blazakis will discuss the international security challenges posed by conspiracies and disinformation and how these have manifested during the COVID-19 pandemic. He will also share some observations from his own research and that of the Middlebury Institute Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism.

Jason Blazakis (B.A., University of Mississippi; M.A. Johns Hopkins University; M.I.A., Columbia University) is a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, where he focuses on threat financing, sanctions, violent extremism, and special operations. He is the director of the Institute’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism and oversees the center’s research on domestic terrorism, terrorism finance, recruitment, propaganda, and the use of special operations to counter transnational threats. From 2008–2018, he was director of the Counterterrorism Finance and Designations Office at the U.S. Department of State.

Hosted by Sarah Stroup, Associate Professor of Political Science.

Zoom webinar details will be provided after you register.

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

All webinars are recorded and links to these recordings are available a week or so following the event.


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