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SAT First Friday Staff Meet-Ups 12pm

Faculty and staff are invited to Staff Meet-ups every first Friday from 12-1:15pm PT April, May, and June 2020.

Participants can join at http://go.miis.edu/staffmeetup.

Events include speakers from departments across campus. This is also an opportunity to share ideas and suggestions.

SAT is now recruiting new members for 2-year terms starting June 2020. Contact anyone on SAT for more information.

Monday Virtual Lunches in April

Faculty and staff are invited to Monday lunches from 12-1pm PT during the month of April. This is an open session to check-in and share tips on remote work and life during shelter-in-place. Pets and kids welcome!

Join us at https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/933492054 every Monday in April from 12-1pm.

This events are hosted by the Staff Advisory Team. To learn more visit http://sites.miis.edu/staff.

MIIS staff and faculty invited to First Friday Staff Meet-Ups 12-1

The MIIS Staff Advisory Team (SAT) invites all staff and faculty to our monthly meet-ups this spring.

Join colleagues every first Friday from 12-1/1:30pm in MG 100 (unless otherwise noted).

The next meet-up will feature David Gibson and Eva Gudbergsdottier on Friday, March 6 from 12-1pm in MG 100. They will provide an update on marketing and internal communications.

This is a “brown bag” meeting. Light dessert will be provided.

Learn more about SAT events or contact anyone on our planning team at http://sites.miis.edu/staff.

Stay up to date on MIIS information and meeting minutes across a range of leadership and planning teams at http://sites.miis.edu/info (login required).

College students participate in Institute JTerm programs in Monterey and Cuba

This January five Middlebury College students and one alumnus participated in the following Middlebury Institute courses:

Traveling Cuba’s National Freeway: The Road to Revolution

The Cuban Revolution was not just a historical event; on the contrary, it is an ongoing project. Led by Dr. George Henson, this course focused not only on the historical and geographical roots of the Cuban Revolution but also its present-day political, economic, diplomatic, and cultural realities, as they relate to education, healthcare, tourism, international relations, and trade. Correlative topics of race, gender, LGBT activism, the arts, and sports were also covered.

International Development and Social Change

Students developed skills in program design, evaluation, strategic partnering, and facilitation of projects supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students also conducted appreciative inquiry interviews with local noprofits including Read to Me, Gathering for Women, Peacocke Acres, Big Sur Land Trust, and First Five Monterey County.

Frontier Market Scouts Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing

Frontier Market Scouts selects and trains compassionate and capable professionals to become talent scouts and investment managers serving local entrepreneurs and social-minded investors in low-income and weak-capital regions of the world. 

FMS training instructors are leading practitioners in the impact space and work with organizations that include Omidyar NetworkCordes Foundation, Accion Venture Lab, and Unreasonable Group. Through the combination of teachings and applicable projects, participants walk away with a comprehensive understanding of who the key players in the impact sector are, how to design an innovative impact-focused business model, and what it takes to implement and scale a social venture.

Institute to Welcome Prof. Pieter Broucke for Spring Course on Public Space and Development

Professor of History, Art, and Architecture, Pieter Broucke, will teach a spring graduate course at the Institute on Public Space and Development March 23-April 10.

Architecture may be defined as the deliberate transformation of the natural environment into a cultural environment. It should also be seen as a means for building (literally!) sustainable solutions to problems pertaining to public space, access, and identity. In this course, students will explore the intersection between architecture and development through case-studies that range from the large to the small, all centered on a number of typologies: markets, schools, places of worship, clinics, transportation nodes, water points and more. Students will work in teams to analyze existing solutions to significant development problems that involve the use of public space. They will then create alternative solution strategies that incorporate systems thinking, human-centered design, development theory, and, sound public policy.

Fund for Innovation International Security Simulation to Host 6 College Students in Monterey September 5-6

MIIS Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism Deputy Director Kris McGuffie (College and Institute alumna) will be traveling to Vermont in March to provide information on an International Security Simulation taking place in Monterey September 5-6. There are six funded spots for College students to travel to Monterey to participate. Contact kmcguffie@miis.edu for more information.

Salon Jane Exhibit Opening March 6 in honor of International Women’s Day

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day while enjoying the artwork of Salon Jane at a viewing and reception.

Where: McCone Upper Atrium

When: Friday, March 6 from 5:30-7pm

RSVP

Salon Jane is an artist collective of six women photographers—Martha Casanave (MIIS alumna), Susan Hyde Greene, Jane Olin, Anna Rheim, Robin V. Robinson, and Robin Ward—who all work outside the traditional sense of straight photography, experimenting and expanding their creativity with the support and honest feedback of the rest of the group.


Photography will be on display through June 2020.


This event is hosted by the Institute Committee on Art in Public Places (ICAPP) and Middlebury Institute Advancement Office.

About iCAPP

The creation of the MIIS Committee on Art in Public Places (ICAPP) is official. The group was developed to mirror the College’s CAPP that was established on the Vermont Campus in 1994.

The idea for MIIS CAPP started through a design-thinking activity that explored findings from the 2015 “Live the Brand” report. MIIS community members brainstormed ways to illustrate the transformative experience. After monthly meetings in spring 2015, the group determined the need for coordination and use of public art as one method for showcasing the learning journeys and transformative experiences of the MIIS community.

In service of this aim, MIIS CAPP has been charged with achieving the following goals:

  • Establish a program of exhibition of art in public places.
  • Illustrate the mission of the Institute, as well as the work of our students and alumni, by providing interesting and challenging artwork of high quality.
  • Elicit gifts and loans of artwork that can enhance the aesthetic and educational mission of the Institute.
  • Involve a broad representation of the community in choosing, placing, and interpreting art in public places to improve overall campus aesthetic, while preserving historical pieces.
  • Coordinate with relevant departments to secure funding for the purchase, installation, maintenance, and interpretation of works of art in public places.
  • Work with relevant departments to ensure the security and care of these objects.

We look forward to bringing a unified approach to public art displays on campus to illustrate and improve the MIIS experience.

ICAPP welcomes your involvement. Please contact any committee member to suggest a project or to get involved.