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Hillary Clinton: Campaigning in Prose

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“You campaign in poetry; you govern in prose,” former New Yorker Governor Mario Cuomo famously proclaimed. Hillary Clinton is likely to prove Cuomo wrong; her campaign rollout speech yesterday on New York’s Roosevelt Island suggests she is determined to campaign in prose as well. Indeed, it was about as prosaic a speech as one could […]

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Completed Inn Renovations Await Bread Loaf Students, Faculty

Bread Loaf School of English Begins Summer Sessions

Middlebury Language Schools to Include Centennial and Korean Launch

Town Approves Plan for New Ridgeline Residence Complex

College Recognizes Staff Members for Excellence on the Job

Middlebury Affiliated Off-Broadway Company PTP/NYC Announces 2015 Season

Wall Street Journal Reporter Reflects on his Middlebury Reunion

New Associate Provost Will Help Translate Middlebury’s Strengths to the Digital World

Middlebury Celebrates Reunion

The Global Liberal Arts College

Vuew past stories by visiting the News Room page.

One Day Only Sale!

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Today we are having a ONE-DAY ONLY SALE!


Friday links – June 12, 2015

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Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: A Report from the Register of Copyrights. U.S. Copyright Office (June 2015). PDF file.

A new document which outlines proposals from the US Copyright Office to accommodate two areas where copyright law is currently weak:  1) handling “orphan works” (i.e. works still protected by copyright but for whom the copyright owner is impossible or difficult to find) and 2) dealing with “mass digitization” projects (e.g. the Google Books project).

Both Kevin Smith on his Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog and Mike Masnick at Techdirt find the proposed solutions as bad as the problems they are purporting to solve.  Worth a read.


Augmented World Expo 2015: Behind the scenes of singer Bjork’s weird, immersive virtual reality – The team from Bjork’s immersive MoMA installation talks about authoring reality at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California.

Augmented World Expo 2015: Behind the scenes of singer Bjork's weird, immersive virtual reality

Image: Erin Carson/TechRepublic


Systems Maintenance this Sunday, June 14th

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During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, June 14th from 6 am – 10 am we have the following activities scheduled:


  • We will be upgrading the physical links for Internet path from the Middlebury LAN to the Internet. This maintenance will see up to a dozen brief (1-2 minutes) Internet outages over the course of the maintenance window.


We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.






Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Krysty on the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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Below is a reflection from Krysty Shen ’17, a student who attended the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Krysty was awarded a Community Engagement Mini-Grant to attend the trip.

Below is a reflection from Krysty Shen ’17, a student who attended the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Krysty was awarded a Community Engagement Mini-Grant to attend the trip.
I had the pleasure of attending the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) on May 12, 2015.  This Summit was sponsored by the White House Initiative on AAPIs, and it was the first one of many to come.  Many attended, including AAPI political, social, and cultural leaders.  Being sponsored by the government and in Washington D.C., I was awed by the government officials who took time to be present on panels and those who lead small sessions discussing issues pertaining to the AAPI community.
One thing I really appreciated from this conference was its attention to Southeast Asians.  With past AAPI conferences that I’ve attended, I noticed they emphasized East Asian, which were the first Asian settlers in the United States during the 19th and early 20th century.  In more recent years, Asian immigrants are primarily coming from Southeast Asia, usually as refugees.  Their experience is completely different compared to the East Asians who immigrated over half a century ago.  Southeast Asian refugees experience higher levels of poverty and are usually lacking support in education and other methods of advancement.
Also, this conference was a good mix of discussing issues and celebrating achievements.  The opening and closing ceremonies included a mix of performing arts and panels.  Within the panels, there were ones with political figures (e.g. U.S. Secretaries) and ones with entertainers (e.g. actors).  There was also a wide variety of break-out lunch sessions to attend, and I wish I could have gone to more than one.

As someone who identifies as Asian American, it was extremely inspiring to see so many older and successful AAPIs also involved in issues pertaining to our community.  I am aware that this racial fight has been present for a long time, but it never really occurred to me how so many AAPIs of different generations are still involved in the strive for racial equality.  Also, as a second generation in the United States, I’ve never seen older AAPIs so politically involved because my immediate community was heavy on immigrant parents trying to make a living; racial discrimination and speaking out against it was not a primary concern for most of these first-generation parents.  This conference gave me a very welcoming insight of how I hope be like in a few years — still very involved with advancing the AAPI community.
For more information about the aim of the conference Krysty attended, see
-Krysty Shen ’17


Summer 2015 Notes for Fulbright Applicants

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For those thinking about applying for a Fulbright grant in the fall, here are some notes and suggestions to get you started: If you haven’t yet sent me a preliminary application, we should talk! I am around for much of the summer, but will be traveling too—so my ability to respond to you may be […]