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Over the next few days, FMMC will be joining in the dedication of our new home and attending events with a number of scholars highlighting the various disciplines housed in Axinn. The full schedule is online, but here are a few specific events that might interest FMMC students:

Wednesday, October 15

7:30 p.m.
Faculty Panel: “Sites of Memory”
Moderator: Jason Mittell; panelists: Rebecca Bennette, Dan Brayton, Rachael Joo, and Chris Keathley
Location: Axinn 229
A discussion about the relationship between memory and place in literature, art, and culture. This topic is inspired by the transformation of our old library—which was the College’s centennial building in 1900—into a center for literary and cultural studies.

Thursday, October 16

7:30 p.m.
Lecture by Marsha Kinder, of USC’s Labyrinth Project
“Dramatizing the Archive: Contested Sites of Memory and Erasure”
Location: Axinn 232
The Labyrinth Project is an art collective and research initiative on interactive cinema and database narrative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication. Under the direction of cultural theorist Marsha Kinder, this initiative works at the pressure point between theory and practice. Kinder produces interactive narratives and installations in collaboration with visual artists and writers known for their experimentation with nonlinear forms.

Saturday, October 18

9:30 a.m.
Faculty Panel: “Looking Backwards: Milestones in the Field”
Moderator: Jay Parini; panelists: Leger Grindon, Brett Millier, Paul Monod, and Michael Newbury
Location: Axinn 229
The “greatest hits” in their respective scholarly fields.


Saturday, October 18

11 a.m.
Poetry reading by Donald E. Axinn ’51, Litt.D. ’89
Location: Axinn Abernethy RoomNoon
Reception and Dedication
Location: Axinn Winter Garden

1:30 & 3 p.m.
Tour of building with discussion of building history by Professor Glenn Andres

2 p.m.
Screening of student films begins on continuous loop, until evening
Location: Axinn 232

8 p.m.
Reception for “Frostiana” and “Sound Investment”
Location: Axinn Winter Garden

8 p.m.
College Choir performs selections from “Frostiana”
Location: Abernethy Room

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Performance by Sound Investment
Location:  Reading Room

10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Black and White Ball
Bands: Project DCQ and campus band, Yuzimi
Axinn Lawn


Just a reminder to current students that proposals for independent projects are due Friday, 10/10. Be sure to talk with advisors early this week to get everything set to go!


The MacArthur Foundation has been sponsoring an exciting competition for large grants in Digital Media & Learning. New this year is a Young Innovator Award for people 18-25 with ideas for encouraging participatory learning and engagement with digital media, with funding supporting a project and internship. This would be a great opportunity for our students or recent alumni with a creative and innovative idea looking for the means to make it happen!


On Tuesday, Middlebury welcomes a prominent figure in the world of cultural studies, John Storey. Students who have taken my Theories of Popular Culture course know Storey as the author of the books Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction and A Reader. Storey will be presenting a talk on the culture of globalization on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 4:30 at the Robert A. Jones House. Hope to see some FMMC folks there!

Go see films!

One of the key elements of studying Film and Media Culture is continued exposure to film and media examples – faculty incorporate screenings into our courses to broaden the experiences of students beyond the conventional offerings at the mall, or to rethink how you look at Hollywood cinema. Middlebury has two free weekly film series in Dana Auditorium, and we certainly encourage students to attend as many as they can, as well as welcoming members of the college and town community.

The Friday night series is student run, featuring recent Hollywood hits. This fall’s offerings have a couple of highlights in Wall-E, another in the long line of great Pixar films, and The Dark Knight, an impressive example of blockbuster filmmaking that aims a bit higher than typical.

The FMMC department sponsors the Hirschfield International Film Series on Saturdays at 3 and 8 pm, focusing on independent and international films that are otherwise unlikely to play in Middlebury or Vermont. The flyer is below or downloadable, so please try to make a few screenings to broaden your horizons!


If you’re filled with pro-Middlebury spirit, check out the “Why My School Rocks” video contest, sponsored by U.S. News. See more below the fold.

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To kick off the year-long calendar of events, screenings, and lectures, check out Eric Schlosser, Wed 9/12 at 4:30 in Dana Auditorium. Schlosser’s best known as the author of the book Fast Food Nation, but his FMMC connection is that he was one of the producers of the film There Will Be Blood as well as Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Fast Food Nation. Try to go and ask about his adventures in the film world!


For current students: we are looking for a few people to serve as Lab Monitors in Axinn, especially in the evening hours. The job description is online and if you’re interested, contact Ethan Murphy.

We’ll also be hiring some office support to assist with projects from faculty and Francisca Drexel. Prof. Grindon is looking for someone to assist him with some research and class preparation materials, working 5-6 hours a week this fall sometime T/W/Th afternoons – if you’re interested, contact him directly. We’re also looking for general support for the faculty and staff, doing a wide range of projects with flexible hours – if you’re interested in that, please contact Jason Mittell.

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