Programs on a table in preparation for an event.

Events at the Rohatyn Center include a wide array of cocurricular and internationally oriented lectures, symposia, and conferences that span the globe and cross over into many different academic disciplines.

In addition to our annual conference and the student-organized conference, the Rohatyn Center presents several event series:  International and Global Studies Colloquium, Thesis in Dialogue and International Thesis Awards, Future of the Past, and Hot Topics Lunch and Discussion.

2020-2021 Events

September

Stream the Film

Border South

Produced by anthropologist, artist, and activist Jason De Léon.

Attend via Zoom

Live Question and Answer Session about Border South

with director Raúl O. Paz Pastrana and producer Jason De Léon.

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Spies and Their Masters: Intelligence-Policy Relations

Lecture by Matteo Faini, Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Power, Wealth, and Global Political Economy.
 

October

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The Anglo-Saxon Constitution and the Making of English Racism, 1600-1900

International and Global Colloquium lecture by Paul Monod, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of History, Middlebury College.

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How You Can Work to Increase the Presence and Improve the Experience of Black, Latinx, and Native American People in the Economics Profession

Lecture by Ebonya Washington, Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics, Yale University, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global Economics. To watch a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/477280055/97eeca35ce

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Governing Global Health: Institutions, Policies, Politics

Lecture by Pam Berenbaum, director of the Global Health Program and Professor of the Practice of global health, Middlebury College, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global Health.  To watch a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/467413858/a85f07e5c8

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Have Authoritarian Regimes Done a Better Job at Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic than Democracies?

THIS EVENT IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR STUDENTS.  Hot Topics presentation and discussion by Wei Liang, professor and program co-chair, International Trade and Diplomacy, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  Hosted by the Rohatyn Student Advisory Board.
 

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Subverting Elections: A Toolkit of Foreign Interference

Lecture by Josh Rudolph, Fellow for Malign Finance, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the United States, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Security and Global Affairs. To watch a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/477268830/a19b3fe03c
 

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Election 2020 - Two Policy Futures Diverge

Panel with Richard Haass P’16.5, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Chris Matthiesen ’04, partner at Federal Hall Policy Advisors. To watch a recording https://www.middlebury.edu/office/careers-internships/events/live-from-…

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Will COVID-19 Kill the Liberal International Order?

Lecture by Amb. Bonnie Jenkins, founder and executive director, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), sponsored by the RCGA Program on Security and Global Affairs. To watch a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/479926530/0f623b7060

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The 2020 Election and the Future of the World Order

THIS EVENT IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR STUDENTS.  Hot Topics presentation and discussion by Gary Winslett, assistant professor of political science, Middlebury College.  Hosted by the Rohatyn Student Advisory Board.  To watch a recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVfNLXWh6Cw.

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The Global Corona Pandemic: Lessons for Governments and Citizens of the World

Lecture by Olga Jonas, senior fellow, Harvard Global Health Institute, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global Health Challenges.  Watch a recording, https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/508838988/c1b2b8ce0b

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The Police Idea in Imperial Japan

International and Global Colloquium lecture by Max Ward, associate professor of history, Middlebury College.

November

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Black Spring, White Winter: Reflections on the Long History of the Black Radical Tradition in a Fascist World

Lecture by Robin D. G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History and African American Studies at UCLA, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Anti-Racist Theory and Action around the Globe. Watch a recording: https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/477260270/e827ae9aaa
 

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Creating a COVID Recovery: A European Approach

Lecture by Laura Seelkopf, assistant professor of international political economy at the School of Economics and Political Science, University of St.Gallen, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Power, Wealth, and Global Political Economy. To watch a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/479952028/4f6f55bb01
 

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Voices from the Soviet Edge

Lecture by Jeff Sahadeo, director, Institute for Eurasian, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University; author of Voices from the Soviet Edge: Southern Migrants in Leningrad and Moscow, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global and International History. To view a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/491750824/b6b0841f10
 

Dana Auditorium and Twilight Auditorium

Opening the Earth: The Potato King

THIS EVENT IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR STUDENTS. Screening of documentary “Opening the Earth: The Potato King” directed by Aaron Ebner, MIIS alum and founder of the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development, followed by a virtual moderated Q&A with Molly Anderson, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Food Studies, Middlebury College. Filmed in Peru, the documentary centers on the story of “the guardian of biodiversity,” farmer Julio Hancco, and how his necessary agricultural work is at odds with our modernizing work. Hosted by the Rohatyn Student Advisory Board.

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Lebanon and Food Security: Before the banking crisis, Covid-19, and the port explosion

International and Global Colloquium lecture by Robert Greeley, assistant professor of Arabic, Middlebury College, and Kendrick Fernandez ‘20, graduate student at the University of Virginia.

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CTEC Speaker Series: Countering Violent Extremism--How the Danish Approach Has Made a Real Difference

Join Morten Hjørnholm, Lead Consultant for Crime Prevention, as he discusses effective strategies developed and implemented by Denmark to prevent violent extremism, and how the Danish model can be contextualized for other settings around the world. To watch a recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORaEoqXIqoU&feature=emb_logo
 

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Reflecting on COVID-19 through an Environmental Health Lens

Lecture by Kate Crawford, assistant professor of environmental studies, Middlebury College, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global Health Challenges. To watch a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/488987786/1db7c843f4.

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World AIDS Day video screening and artist Q&A

The Middlebury College Museum of Art is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 to present TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The videos—created by artists working in Chile, Greece, India, Mexico, Uganda, and the United Kingdom—cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda. As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race, and gender. Please note that some videos include sexually explicit content.
The video screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the artists, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art. For more information—and to watch the videos beginning December 1—visit visualaids.org/transmissions.

December

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Economic Impacts of COVID-19: Student Research Panel

Presentations by Middlebury College Students:
Ellie Barney ’21 “Disproportionate Effects of Covid-19 on Minority Unemployment”
Sam Kamau ’21 “Employment Resilience in the Age of COVID-19: Will we make it through?”
Eva Shaw ’20.5 COVID and US Manufacturing: Implications for the US election”
John Mikus ’21 “The Effect of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Commercial Real Estate”
Sean Rhee ’21 “Coronavirus Blame Game and Its Policy Implications”
Thomas Tarantino ’21 “How Robinhood Traders are Influencing the Stock Market”
Colson Andrews ’21 “The First Bank of the United States and the Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793”

Moderators:
Julia Berazneva, assistant professor of economics, Middlebury College
Cihan Artunç, assistant professor of economics, Middlebury College
Sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global Economics

To watch a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/502639857/38570379b4

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World AIDS Day Panel

GlobeMed at Middlebury presents a panel featuring Dr. Jason Leider, Dr. Julie Hoffman, Charmaine G from Jacobi Medical Center, and Kelly Arbor from Vermont CARES.

January

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Middlebury’s Opportunity to Facilitate the Demilitarization of White Bodies

Lecture by Jonathan Miller-Lane, associate professor of education, Middlebury College, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Anti-Racist Theory and Action around the Globe. Watch a recording: https://vimeo.com/511100668

 

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Live From DC: Global Security and Great Power Relations

Panel with host Mark Williams, director of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, along with Stewart M. Patrick P’24, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; David Wisner ’04, deputy director for press & strategic communications for Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, U.S. Department of State; and Stone Conroy ’10, manager, geopolitical analysis & intelligence, United Airlines. To watch a recording https://www.middlebury.edu/office/careers-internships/events/live-from-…. Check out the curated list of helpful resources our panelists shared.

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Field of Dreams: Disconnections in democracy and human rights promotion

International and Global Colloquium lecture by Sarah Stroup, associate professor of political science, Middlebury College.

February

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Far-Right Extremism After Trump (and the Insurrection)

THIS EVENT IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR STUDENTS.  Hot Topics presentation and discussion by Alex Newhouse ’17, research lead, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Hosted by the Rohatyn Student Advisory Board.

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The Power of Arts to Heal in Turbulent Times

A panel discussion with Middlebury College faculty members Ellery Foutch, assistant professor of American studies, Jay Parini, D.E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing, and President Laurie Patton. Hosted by the Rohatyn Student Advisory Board.

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Growing Challenges in Cyber Security

Panel with host Robert Siudak, visiting fellow, Cyber Collaborative and Adjunct Faculty at MIIS, along with Eli Sugarman ‘02, program officer for the Cyber Initiative, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Mia Little ‘07, cyber security attorney - Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft; and Adam Markun ‘17, Security Analyst, FireEye. To watch a recording https://www.middlebury.edu/office/careers-internships/events/live-from-….

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Transitions to a Green Economy

Panel with host Jon Isham, professor of economics/environmental Studies, Middlebury College; Jane Leggett ’78, specialist in environmental and energy policy, Congressional Research Service; Suzanne Dael ’02, Climate Change Mitigation and Energy, European Environment Agency; Lauren Sanchez ’11, deputy secretary of climate policy & intergovernmental relations, California Environmental Protection Agency.
To watch a recording https://www.middlebury.edu/office/careers-internships/events/live-from-….

By invitation only

Junior Faculty Manuscript Spotlight

Featured manuscript “Unani Futures: Trajectories of a Heritage Medicine in India and the World” by Kristin Bright, assistant professor of anthropology, Middlebury College.
 

March

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International Communication during COVID-19

Lecture by Jean Claude Kwitonda, assistant professor, Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Howard University, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global Health Challenges. To watch a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/522427172/281b4a4d78
 

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Violence and Governance on the High Seas

Lecture by Ian Urbina, investigative reporter, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Security and Global Affairs. To join watch a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/522850317/dc71743ce0

 

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Juana Gamero de Coca Day of Learning on Global Gender and Cultures

Celebrating Professor Gamero de Coca’s passionate commitment to gender, class, and race justice, this event will highlight works focusing on global gender and cultures authored by Middlebury College students, and feature a keynote presentation by presentation by the Chilean feminist collective Lastesis.
To watch a recording of the first half featuring Lastesis: https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/527964946/152d8101a5.
To watch a recording of the second half featuring the student winners of the Juana Gamero de Coca Global Gender and Writing Award: https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/527984219/60d6981215

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Social Movements and Welfare State Politics in Europe

Lecture by Steven Klein, lecturer of political theory, Department of Political Economy, King’s College London, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Power, Wealth, and Global Political Economy. To view a recording https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/526288898/3297c1b9b2
 

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Environmental Justice: The Causes and Consequences of Inequitable Pollution Exposure

Lecture by Lala X. Ma, assistant professor of economics, University of Kentucky, sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global Economics. To watch a recording: https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/530941654/94e5c1e884
 

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An Open Work: Alfredo Jaar’s "Studies on Happiness"

International and Global Colloquium lecture by Edward Vazquez, associate professor of history of art and architecture, Middlebury College.

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Vaccination in the Age of COVID

Panel with Svea Closser, medical anthropologist, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Daniel Krugman ’21; sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global Health Challenges. To watch a recording: https://vimeo.com/middmedia/review/531914965/3ded081f2c
 

April

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Life in France during the COVID-19 Crisis

Panel with Nicolas Roussellier, professor of political history at Sciences Po Paris & Middlebury College School in France, and Anne Simonin, historian & senior researcher with the CNRS. Part one of three in a series of events in English sponsored by Stephen A. Freeman Funds, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, and School in France.

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Screening of "She Had a Dream"

Ghofrane, 25, is a young Black Tunisian woman. A committed activist who speaks her mind, she embodies Tunisia’s current political upheaval. As a victim of racial discrimination, Ghofrane decides to go into politics.
We follow her extraordinary path, ranging from acting on her ambition to disillusion. Through her attempts to persuade both close friends and complete strangers to vote for her, her campaign reveals the many faces of a country seeking to forge a new identity. In its own unique way, this documentary sheds light on women’s place in Tunisia’s changing society.

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First Nations in the International Crisis of Climate Change

Lecture by Clayton Thomas-Müller, Mathias Colomb Cree Nation; sponsored by the RCGA Program on Security and Global Affairs. To join: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/92500929384?pwd=c3BkVTJDUmZqcTlGK3c0VU1hRWpRZz09

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Exploring Graduate School in International Affairs

Click HERE to register in Handshake and get the zoom link.
PANELISTS:
Exequiel Caceres ’15 was a Middle East Studies major at Midd and went to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts for a Master’s degree in 2020. He is currently a program associate at Creative Associates International in Washington D.C.
Alexandra Widas ’08 was an International Studies major (Political Science and Russian focus) at Midd and went to Georgetown to get a Master of Science in Foreign Service and then went to Columbia Law School. She is now a Law Clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Olivia Heffernan ’14 studied international politics and human rights at Midd and went to Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs for her master’s degree. She is now a social justice journalist, activist and researcher.
Courtney Cano ’18 studied Political Science, Religion and Philosophy at Midd and after doing the Peace Corps in Zambia, is now at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) studying international policy and development.
Cosponsored by Center for Careers and Internships, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs’ Student Advisory Board, the Model UN club at Middlebury, and the Student Council at MIIS.

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Why US Foreign Policy Needs Greater Accountability: Lessons for the New Administration

Lecture by Elizabeth Shackelford, non-resident fellow at the Quincy Institute and independent consultant; sponsored by the RCGA Program on Security and Global Affairs. To join: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/92500929384?pwd=c3BkVTJDUmZqcTlGK3c0VU1hRWpRZz09

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Health and Labor Impacts of Mining: Evidence from South Africa

International and Global Colloquium lecture by Julia Berazneva, assistant professor of economics, Middlebury College. To join: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/92500929384?pwd=c3BkVTJDUmZqcTlGK3c0VU1hRWpRZz09

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The Transatlantic Relationship After Trump

Lecture by Paul van Hooft, senior strategic analyst at HCSS (Hague Centre for Strategic Studies) and co-chair of the Initiative on the Future of Transatlantic Relations; sponsored by the RCGA Program on Power, Wealth, and Global Political Economy. To join: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/92500929384?pwd=c3BkVTJDUmZqcTlGK3c0VU1hRWpRZz09

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Social Movements in France Today: from Yellow Jackets to Anticapitalist Black Blocs

Panel with Nicolas Roussellier, professor of political history at Sciences Po Paris & Middlebury College School in France, and Jim Bittermann, senior correspondent for CNN. Part two of three in a series of events in English sponsored by Stephen A. Freeman Funds, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, and School in France. To join: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/96091468323?pwd =dFVMbzdJVGQrNDg2bUtFSFh1WFdBZz09
Passcode: 881592

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A Conversation on Humanitarian Relief and the Pandemic

THIS EVENT IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR STUDENTS. Hot Topics panel and discussion by Sarah Stroup, associate professor of political science, and Steven Viner, associate professor of philosophy, Middlebury College. Hosted by the Rohatyn Student Advisory Board. Zoom link to come.

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What Will It Take to Achieve a Recovery for All?

Lecture by Claudia Sahm, Founder of Stay-at-Home Macro (SAHM) Consulting and a Senior Fellow at the Jain Family Institute; sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global Economics. To join: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/92500929384?pwd=c3BkVTJDUmZqcTlGK3c0VU1hRWpRZz09

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Connected Bodies: Reporting on Pandemics from HIV/AIDS to COVID-19

Lecture by Linda Villarosa, professor of journalism and Black studies, City University of New York; sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global and International History. To join: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/92500929384?pwd=c3BkVTJDUmZqcTlGK3c0VU1hRWpRZz09

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What's Wrong/Right with French Laicité? - Event in English

Panel with Nicolas Roussellier, professor of political history at Sciences Po Paris & Middlebury College School in France, and William Poulin-Deltour, associate professor of French and francophone studies. Part three of three in a series of events in English sponsored by Stephen A. Freeman Funds, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, and School in France.

May

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Badges Without Borders: 120 Years of the Cross-fertilization of U.S. Empire and Urban Policing

Lecture by Stuart Schrader, associate director, Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship, John Hopkins University; sponsored by the RCGA Program on Global and International History. To join: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/92500929384?pwd=c3BkVTJDUmZqcTlGK3c0VU1hRWpRZz09

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Disperse, Or We Fire

Lecture by Aaron Guy Leroux, photojournalist and documentary photographer who is currently traveling the world covering protest movements, refugee crisis, and other political and cultural issues. To join: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/92500929384?pwd=c3BkVTJDUmZqcTlGK3c0VU1hRWpRZz09

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Can the Liberal International Order Survive Its Internal and External Challenges?

Lecture by Stewart Patrick, James H. Binger senior fellow in global governance and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). To join: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/92500929384?pwd=c3BkVTJDUmZqcTlGK3c0VU1hRWpRZz09

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