To celebrate the season, New England Review is pleased to make a special holiday offer to the Middlebury College community. From now until the new year, Midd students, faculty, and staff may purchase one-year subscriptions (that’s four issues) for only $20, and receive the current issue free.
Subscribe now, so you can start your gift subscription in time for the holidays—a perfect last-minute gift for the readers on your list. You’re welcome to pick up your free current issue here in the office—we’re located at 204 College Street, Apt. A—or we can send it through campus mail before the holiday break. Copies are also available for purchase in the college bookstore and the Vermont Book Shop.
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Clarissa Parker (Psychology & Neuroscience) has received a 2013 NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation that wholly funds her project titled Genome-Wide Association for Conditioned Fear in the Diversity Outbred Mouse Population. The grant provides materials and supplies for two years of research into genetic influences on fear in mice, which may have implications for anxiety disorders in humans.
Faculty Presentation and Discussion – Tuesday, November 12 – 4:30 p.m. – Axinn 229
Are you interested in learning more about your colleagues at Monterey? Teaching and working with graduate students? Spending some of your winter in California? Many of your Middlebury colleagues have taught Winter Term courses and workshops, given invited lectures, developed scholarly collaborations with Monterey colleagues, and even spent a semester at the Institute.
Five Middlebury faculty members – Cat Ashcraft, Pat Manley, Andrea Olsen, Sarah Stroup, and Rich Wolfson – will share their experiences connecting with MIIS and provide information about how interested others might forge their own connections. Bring your questions; we have reserved lots of time for discussion. Moderated by Susan Baldridge.
Sponsored by the Office of Planning and Assessment – 443-5089
Eilat Glikman (Physics) has received funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute to continue her ongoing research related to observations made by the Hubble Space Telescope. The main goal of this project, titled Testing the Merger Hypothesis for Black Hole/Galaxy Co-Evolution at z-2, is to image the host galaxies of rapidly growing black holes, to test whether galaxy mergers provide the necessary fuel that feed the growing black holes.
James Calvin Davis (Religion) has been awarded a Seminar Grant from Bringing Theory to Practice, an organization working in conjunction with the Association of American Colleges & Universities, to support campus initiatives that focus on engaged learning and students’ civic development. The grant will underwrite a winter term retreat to further develop a new Middlebury initiative called Privilege & Poverty, a curricular program on economic inequality that will serve as a laboratory for pedagogical innovation, co-curricular learning, and the broader exploration of higher education’s civic mission.
Tom Sheluga, Laboratory Stores Manager – Sciences Tech Support Services
Mary Carr Stanley, Space Manager – Facilities Services
The award recipients were selected by the 2012 award winners, from nominations submitted by members of the faculty and staff, on the basis of their contributions to the College community, and their leadership, stewardship, and community service during their years at Middlebury College. These awards have been endowed by Rudolf K. Haerle, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Sociology, as a way of recognizing the many members of the Middlebury College staff who contribute to the vitality of the College community and support the College’s academic mission.
Recently, while digitizing some song recordings from the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection, we discovered an undocumented recording of a man reading from Rowland E. Robinson’s book Uncle Lisha’s Shop: Life in a Corner of Yankeeland. We recognized it as a Robinson story because of the characters mentioned, so we searched the online version of one of his most popular books for the word “voter”, which seemed unlikely to be a common word in the story, and we found that the text being read starts on pg. 13, seven lines from the bottom of the page. We recommend that you read along in the book while listening to the recording. Click here for the online text and listen to the recording by clicking the icon below.
The reader takes on the accent of two of Robinson’s classic characters, a “Yankee” and a “Cunuck”, aka French Canadian. Robinson wrote most of his fiction in the 1890s and it was very popular, particularly in Vermont, right up through the 1930s and 40s when Flanders was collecting her ballad recordings. Unfortunately we don’t know who the reader is or when the recording was made. The ballad recording that precedes it on the tape was originally on a disc, which means it was recorded between 1939 and 1950, but the story on the tape seems to be covered over by the ballad recording, and how that happened is a bit of a mystery yet to be solved, and we can’t be certain the singer of the ballad is the same person reading the story. We may eventually discover a more complete version of the reading.
For more about the Flanders Collection and to hear some of the recordings visit this site.
The home of Rowland E. Robinson is a museum open to the public in nearby Ferrisburgh. www.Rokeby.org
The Middlebury College Archives is searching for a movie about the College filmed in 1948. It features scenes shot at the Snow Bowl in the winter and the main campus in the spring. We’ve placed a request with Paramount Picture, which originally produced it, and we’re waiting to hear back from them. But we also thought it was possible that somebody associated with the College might have a copy somewhere. If you know where a copy can be found, please let us know. SpecialCollections@middlebury.edu 802-443-3028.
Article in the Nov. 4, 1948 issue of The Campus about the release of Sno’ Time for Learning