THE ROHATYN CENTER FOR GLOBAL AFFAIRS (RCGA) is Middlebury College’s flagship site for the production and dissemination of knowledge about international and global issues. Through a diverse set of programs, the Center reaches across boundaries of language, culture, and geography to engage students’ capacity for rigorous analysis and independent thought in a rapidly changing world. In supporting Middlebury’s aim to be the leading global liberal arts college, the Center sponsors vibrant co-curricular programs, fosters dialogue with leading international scholars and practitioners, funds innovative undergraduate field research, and promotes scholarly collaborations between students and faculty. RCGA builds bridges across disciplines and communities, both local and global.
Types of Student Projects that the RCGA Helps Facilitate
Student Research Funding
The Rohatyn Center offers students the resources to delve deeply into their own scholarship. RCGA Summer Research Grants fund overseas research for students preparing for senior theses. Funding for independent research while studying abroad is provided through RCGA Study Abroad Research Grants. The Padma Desai Fund provides support for students who wish to pursue an internship or to conduct research while studying in Russia or the former Soviet Union. The Lesley T. Ketzel ’49 Scholar program recognizes Middlebury College undergraduate students who have most effectively integrated their RCGA grant-funded independent research in conducted conjunction with a Middlebury C.V. Starr School Abroad into their overall undergraduate experience.
The Rohatyn Center Internship Program offers Middlebury undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate closely with faculty members on scholarly research. Rohatyn interns also serve on the Rohatyn Student Advisory Board (RSAB), in which capacity they assist with the Center’s programs that support Middlebury College’s global focus.
Events at the Center
Throughout the academic year, the Rohatyn Center organizes a wide range of internationally and globally oriented lectures, panels, and colloquia. Topics reach across many disciplines and world regions, exposing students and the campus community to new ideas and perspectives. Speakers include academics, policy makers, practitioners, creative writers, journalists, and more.
Associate Director, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs