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Royal Patronage in 17th-Century France

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The very same weekend as the “Journées du Patrimoine 2014” (the 2014 edition of French Heritage Days), students enjoyed a sunny walk through Paris led by Xavier Le Person, Professor of Modern History at the Université Paris-Sorbonne-Paris 4, Sciences Po-Paris, and Middlebury College’s School in France. Professor Le Person, who teaches a course at the Madeleine Center on the Grand Siècle (17th-century) in France, led them through historic Paris retracing the rebuilding of the city under the patronage of 17th century French kings and nobles : the walk included stops at the Louvre, the Pont Neuf and the Place Dauphine, amongst other sites.  Two other excursions are organized and offered to students during the course of the semester: one to the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and a second to the Château de Chantilly.September 20th, 2014

Fields Medalist from Paris Diderot-Paris 7

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math on the blackboardAttention all francophone Math students in the U.S.! You might be interested to know that one of the recent awardees of a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians (Seoul, August 2014), Artur Avila, is a Franco-Brazilian research scholar at the University of Paris Diderot-Paris 7, one of Middlebury’s partner universities; the city of Paris and the university just welcomed him back with fanfare: http://www.univ-paris-diderot.fr/sc/site.php?bc=accueil&np=pageActu&ref=6458.   For more information on the prize and its importance to the field of mathematics in France, please click here: http://www.lemonde.fr/mathematiques/article/2014/09/01/artur-avila-les-maths-pour-dynamique_4479999_1650729.html. And, finally, for detailed information on the Mathematics Department at Paris 7, please visit their website: https://www.math.univ-paris-diderot.fr/.


Paris: Video Conference between Middlebury Paris and Middlebury Vermont

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A video conference was held between Middlebury Paris and Middlebury Vermont on Monday, March 10 at Paris 3 (l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), concerning unemployment among European youth/recent graduates.

Students participating in Marion Gaillard’s consortium class between Middlebury College, Smith College, and Hamilton College, entitled “l’Union européenne” (“The European Union”), had the opportunity to communicate in real-time with a French class on the Middlebury campus in Vermont, entitled “Introduction to Contemporary France,” an interdisciplinary course examining the evolving social and political landscape of France in the 21st century.

Six exposés were presented, included three from Centre Madeline students–Natalie Dennis, Lily Ghebrai, and Aryeh Perlman.


You Are Invited to the Dedication of Middlebury’s New Steinway Concert Grand Piano on March 1

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On Saturday, March 1, the campus community is invited to two special events celebrating the dedication of the College’s new Steinway concert grand piano, given by the Rothrock Family in honor of Jessica and Ron Liebowitz.  Many students, faculty, and staff have already taken an opportunity to get acquainted with this beautiful new instrument.

Polisi, Joseph W.

First, Joseph Polisi, president of the Juilliard School, will give a public lecture on “The Arts, Education, and the Human Experience” at 4:30 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Dr. Polisi is a leading college administrator; a writer in the fields of music, public policy, and the arts; and an accomplished bassoonist. Middlebury awarded Polisi an honorary Doctor of Arts degree in 2010.  Read more at http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/news/node/469626.


piano_aloneLater that night, at 8:00 p.m., the Concert Hall will host a festive evening of classical and jazz piano performances by members of the Middlebury College community: Cameron Toh ’17, Shannia Fu ’17, David Heschel Liebowitz, Gwendolyn Toth ’77, Felix Klos ’14 with Dick Forman, and Nathaniel Rothrock ’12.5 with Jeff Buettner. The event will also include the screening of the new video “Selecting a Steinway” by Stephen Diehl and Matt Lennon ’13. A reception will follow the performances.

It’s free, but tickets are required.  Get your tickets at http://go.middlebury.edu/boxoffice, xMIDD, or by stopping by either Box Office location in McCullough or the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Read more about the piano’s arrival at http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/524638/node/464247.

Mummies, Monsters, and Houses of the Dead: A Flashlight Tour of the Middlebury College Museum of Art

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With only a flashlight to guide you, take an after-hours tour of the creepy and fantastical arts of the tomb, in the Museum’s Antiquities and Asian galleries, followed by a walk to the Mummy’s grave in West Cemetery.  Cider, donuts, and flashlights will be provided.

Two separate tours are available:

  • Saturday, October 26, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – This tour is for children 8-12 years old with accompanying adult.
  • Thursday, October 31, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – This tour is for college ID holders (students, faculty, staff)

To reserve your spot for either date, contact Mikki Lane:
mlane@middlebury.edu  or 802.443.2309

Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of November 12

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Our regular recap of goings on at the College and a look ahead to events on the horizon. As always, we hope to call your attention to items that captured ours and alert you to events that you won’t want to miss. If you have a news item that you think we’d be interested in, drop us a line at middmag@middlebury.edu.

Hillel, week of 10/10/11

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Sukkot will be starting this Wednesday! More Jewish holidays! This year, the sukkah will be located outside of FIC, not at the organic garden, to better prepare for HILLEL SLEEPOVER!! On Wednesday, Oct 12 there will be a sleepover in the sukkah! More information will follow, but come hangout, relax, and celebrate Sukkot the biblical way! -If you want to get a sleeping bag, be sure to contact the Mountain Club to check one out.


Parents’ Weekend-

It’s hard to believe, but it is almost Parents’ Weekend! I don’t know about you all, but I know I’m excited to see my mom and dad!  We will be having Shabbat services as usual next week, as well as the Bagel Brunch on Sunday, Oct 16 at 11 a.m.  No reservation is necessary, but please let Rabbi Ira (ischiffe@middlebury.edu) know how many parents/grandparents/pets/imaginary friends you will be bringing so we’ll have a rough estimate


Hebrew Table-

Good news for all speakers of Hebrew! Hebrew table will be starting up again this week!  So if you feel like brushing up on your language skills, head on over Redfield Proctor on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons at 12:20, as well as Tuesday nights at 5:30.  Even if the only thing you know how to say is “shalom,” come and say that!


Dance Marathon-

Some of you may still be a little confused about what Dance Marathon is- think of Relay for Life, except dancing for 12 hours instead of walking.  To register with Hillel’s team, go to go/dancemarathon and sign up.  We’ll prove that Jews are as great dancers as we are daven-ers!


Community Supper-

Havurah will be hosting a Community Supper on November 4 and are looking for some helpers.  If you are interested, please email Brenna Kearns to find out more information (bkearns@middlebury.edu).