Well, we don’t have Laureates in the flesh-and-blood, but you can discover works by and about the 2011 Nobel Laureates throughout the Middlebury Library collections. Here are a few to choose from:
The documentary film Pray the Devil Back to Hell features Leymah Gbowee, one of three Nobel Peace Prize winners. The DVD is available at the Davis Family Library for classroom screenings. Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the story of a small band of Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the violent warlords and corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and won a long-awaited peace for their shattered country in 2003.
Tomas Tranströmer, a Swedish poet, won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Currently, we have seventeen of Tranströmer’s works, in both English and Swedish, some newly ordered and still on their way. Choose the “notify when available” link to be the first to get these new volumes by Tranströmer in your hands.
For this year’s Nobel prize winning scientists, Middlebury’s collection of some 73,452 online and print journals can lead you to articles by Professor Dan Shechtman, Nobel prize laureate in Chemistry or Saul Perlmutter, Nobel Prize winner in Physics. Finally, PubMed, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive, lists articles by Ralph M. Steinman, the Nobel winner in Physiology or Medicine, for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity. Dr. Steinman died three days before the Nobel announcement. To learn more about his work, start with one of PubMed’s 400+ articles.