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Join us for the 10th Anniversary of the Spring Student Symposium on Friday 4/15

Spring Student Symposium

We invite all members of the Middlebury College community, guests, and members of the public as we celebrate 10 years of highlighting the academic and creative endeavors of Middlebury students. Friday, April 15 will feature oral presentations, poster presentations and displays throughout the day in McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Student presenters include all four classes at Middlebury and all fields of academic scholarship.

A full schedule of activities can be found online at go.middlebury.edu/sym

Information specifically for faculty and staff can be found here. Including a presenters list that can be sorted by major or department.

2016 Spring Student Symposium

Academic Roundtable: Print or Digital? College Students, Reading, and Academic Libraries

Please join us on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Library 105B at 12:15 PM with guest speaker Naomi Baron, American University (via Skype).

People have been reading on computer screens for several decades now, predating the popularization of personal computers and widespread use of the internet. But it was the rise of eReaders and tablets that caused digital reading to explode. In 2007, Amazon introduced its first Kindle. Three years later, Apple debuted the iPad. Meanwhile, as mobile phone technology improved and smartphones proliferated, the phone became another vital reading platform.

In this roundtable, Naomi Baron, a linguist from American University and an expert on language and technology, will talk with us about how technology is reshaping our understanding of what it means to read. While reading onscreen has many virtues, including convenience, potential cost-savings, and the opportunity to bring free access to books and other written materials to people around the world, she argues that the virtues of eReading are matched with drawbacks. Users are easily distracted by other temptations on their devices, multitasking is rampant, and screens coax us to skim rather than read in-depth.

Drawing upon her research, Baron will bring the conversation about “the fate of reading in a digital world” to the realm of college students, teaching, and academic libraries. We look forward to a frank discussion that weighs economic (and space) realities with issues of intellectual development and depth.

For those interested in reading ahead of the meeting, you can read her July 2014 article from The Chronicle of Higher Education “How E-Reading Threatens Learning in the Humanities” at http://chronicle.com/article/How-E-Reading-Threatens/147661/

We also plan to form a reading group to discuss her recent book “Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World” after her talk. If you would like to join this group, please sign up at http://bit.ly/wordsonscreenbookgroup .

As with all Academic Roundtables, lunch will be provided.  RSVP to Doreen Bernier via email at dbernier@middlebury.edu by noon on Friday, April 15, 2016.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by

the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research and the Library

Cynthia Packert awarded Guggenheim Fellowship and Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar Award for 2016-17 leave

Cynthia Packert (History of Art and Architecture) has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation as well as a semester-long Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar Award in support of her academic leave in 2016-2017. The Guggenheim project, titled ‘Brand BAPS’: Swaminarayan Hinduism, Visual Culture, and Sectarian Identity, represents the culmination of 5 years of prior research in the US and India on this transnational Gujarati sect of devotional Hinduism, focusing in particular on its elaborate neo-traditional temples and other multi-media visual productions. The related Fulbright project, titled From Gujarat to the Globe: The Art, Architecture and Visual Culture of Swaminarayan Hinduism, involves four months of research in India and includes travel to unpublished and little-known historical sites that are important to the development of Swaminarayan art and architecture in Gujarat and beyond.

Jon Isham receives Fulbright Scholar Award for teaching/research in Ghana during his academic leave in 2016-2017

Jon Isham (Economics and Environmental Studies) has received a Fulbright Scholar Award for teaching/research in Ghana during his academic leave in 2016-2017. Jon and his family will spend 10 months in Ghana at Ashesi University College, the first residential liberal arts college in Sub-Saharan Africa, whose curriculum features service learning, social innovation, and design thinking. At Ashesi, Jon will teach a course in microeconomics and social entrepreneurship, and he will also research the African case for social entrepreneurship in the liberal arts.

Google Ventures Founder Bill Maris ’97 – Monday at 7 – Wilson Hall

Bill Maris photo

Google Ventures founder and CEO, and Middlebury alum Bill Maris (’97) has had quite an unpredictable career.  Currently he invests in startups at the epicenter of science, technology, and medicine.  He oversees $2.4B in capital, and has funded more than 300 companies in the GV portfolio, including Uber, Slack and Nest. In this talk, he’ll share his perspective on how he went from Vermont to Silicon Valley, and how entrepreneurs and innovation will shape our future.

This talk, held Monday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall, will provoke, challenge, and inspire us as we engage in conversations that envision the future of Middlebury.

Following Bill Maris’ departure the Faculty Strategy Committee will be hosting a breakfast for all faculty, staff, and students who are interested in sharing ideas raised by this thought-provoking talk. Please join Cheryl Faraone, Chris Klyza, and Amy Morsman for breakfast and meaningful conversation in Redfield Proctor at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

Collaboration in the classroom: improving the “group project” experience

Please join us on  Wednesday, April 20, in the CTLR Suite at 12:15 p.m. for a workshop on “Collaboration in the classroom: improving the ‘group project’ experience.”

Facilitators: Jessica Holmes and Mary Hurlie

Group projects, when designed well, can build problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills, yet many students (and some faculty) groan at their mere mention. During this workshop, we will explore strategies to maximize the benefits of collaborative learning activities.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP at ctlr@middlebury.edu by Monday, April 18.

The Week’s Headlines

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

Professor Cynthia Packert Receives Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships for 2016-2017

Jing He ’17 Named a Goldwater Scholar

Middlebury Provides Report on Endowment to Congress

Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer John White to Give Talk

Google Ventures Founder Bill Maris ’97 to Kick Off ‘Envisioning Middlebury’ Series

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.