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Modern Hebrew Candidate Lecture this week – Wednesday at 12:30

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You are invited to the following lecture by
Bracha Azoulay
Brandeis University
“Israeli-Ethiopian Mothers:
Ethnic Identity, Hebrew Language
and Dealing with Disabilities”
Wednesday, January 12th
12:30 p.m.

Munroe Hall room 314
Dr. Azoulay is a candidate for the three year position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew.

Hillel News, 1/6

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Friday Night services at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. Come for either or both, it’ll be great food and a lot of fun as always!
Community Supper
Havurah, the Jewish community in town, is running this week’s community supper – a restaurant style meal in town open to all residents of Addison County. It’s on Friday, and Hillel usually helps out by bringing students down to help with the setting up and serving. If you’re interested in going, we’ll be meeting at ADK circle at 4:15 on Friday to walk down together.  It’s a lot of fun and Community Suppers can always use extra hands, so if you have time make sure to come by!


Hillel will also be holding a Havdalah service at the Jewish Center on Saturday night at 5:30pm. Havdalah is a short service (10 minutes or so) that marks the end of Shabbat and the transition into the week. It’s quick and really enjoyable, and if you’ve never been to Havdalah before we’ll explain the steps.

Shabbat services December 10th

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Still on campus?  Not to worry!  Shabbas services are still happening at 5:30PM.

If you won’t be here, have a good break and safe travels!


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Hanukkah begins tonight, Wednesday Dec. 1st. We’ll be lighting a menorah together at the Jewish Center tonight (Wed.) at 5:30pm, Thursday at 5:30, Friday right before Shabbat, and Saturday also at 5:30pm. It only takes a few minutes and will be a nice break from studying, so make sure to stop by, even if you can only make it the first night!

Annual Classics Department Reading: The Aeneid

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Each year, students and faculty in the Classics Department host a reading of a complete work from antiquity, outside on the Davis Family Library front steps. Anyone is welcome to stop by and listen!

The Latin epic about the destruction of one civilization and the founding of another, Vergil’s Aeneid recounts the wanderings of the hero Aeneas from the ruins of Troy to the shores of Italy, and describes with moving detail the wars he must fight in order to establish a line of leaders that will eventually lead to the Roman Caesars. (Thank you to Randy Ganiban for the blurb!)

The Aeneid will be read from at the following times:
Friday: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – noon (or until completed)

Baklava will be provided, and if you’d like to read (usually done in 30 minute increments), you also get a text and a nifty authentic Olympic crown* while you read!

*Crown made in present-day, not in Ancient Greece. No Olympic medals or achievement of world records included with crown.

If you’re interested in signing up ahead of time for a reading slot, please contact Giulia Scelzo or Christian Brady.

Come see and hear Senior Work!

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The Film & Media Culture Department welcomes the Middlebury community to two events presenting the independent work of our seniors:

Thursday 5/7, 7:30 pm in Dana Auditorium: Independent Video Screenings by Waylon D’Mello, David Ellis, Jason Gutierrez, and Matt Leonard.

Following the screening at around 8:30 pm on 5/7, we will have a end-of-semester reception in Axinn’s Abernethy Room to celebrate the retirement of Don Mitchell.

Monday 5/11, 1:30 pm in Axinn 219: Independent Written Work presentations by Ioana Literat, Jared Rosenberg, and Aaron Smith

Hope to see many of you there.

Two Screenings on April 15 and 16

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This week, there are two screenings with filmmakers attending:

On Wed April 15 at 7:45 pm in Dana, we’ll be viewing the PBS broadcast of Planet Forward. The show is a companion to the website, which features short user-generated videos about global warming and energy issues. The show’s producer and host, Frank Sesno, is a Middlebury alum, former trustee, and parent, and he has involved our current students in the project – two Middlebury videos are featured on the show, and one student appears on a panel.

Following the airing, we will watch some of the Middlebury-produced videos in full, and then have a panel discussion about the project and the issues with some of the student video producers, Film & Media Culture professor Jason Mittell, and Environmental Studies professor Jon Isham.

On Thursday, April 16 at 7 pm in Axinn 232, come see Wings of Defeat introduced by director Linda Hoaglund. Wings of Defeat brings viewers behind the scenes of World War II’s Pacific theater to reveal the truth about the Kamikaze-the “suicide bombers” of their day. Interviews with surviving kamikaze, rare battle footage and Japanese propaganda reveal a side of WWII never before shown on film. American vets from the greatest generation tell harrowing tales of how they survived attacks. Wings of Defeat shatters the myth of the fanatical kamikaze to reveal a generation of men forced to pay for an empire’s pride with their lives. The film is the 2009 winner of the Organization of American Historians Eric Barnouw Award.