As we approach the three-year anniversary of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative (and the conclusion of our Mellon grant), we want to discuss what we have learned, and where we will be going from here. We will be joined by Bethany Nowviskie, Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Virginia; Bethany will participate in our conversation, both to help us see Middlebury’s DLA through fresh eyes, and guide our thinking about our next steps forward. This roundtable is a perfect opportunity for faculty and staff who have participated in the DLA, as well as those viewing us from afar, to join in a reflexive conversation.
Award-winning composer and Middlebury alumna Christina Whitten Thomas ‘01.5 returns to campus for the premiere of her new choral suite, Songs of Gold, on Friday evening, April 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m., in Robison Concert Hall at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Commissioned by the Vermont Choral Union (directed by Jeff Rehbach, music department, who also conducts the Middlebury College Community Chorus), this dazzling work for eight-part chorus and flute includes texts by Vermont-based writer Abigail Carroll, 1950s Waterbury poet Jean Killary, and Middlebury faculty member Jay Parini.
Christina will also present a talk about her music and career as a composer since her graduation from Middlebury at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in room 221 of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, free and open to the public.
The Friday evening concert celebrates the Vermont Choral Union’s 50th anniversary. James G. Chapman, who had previously taught in the music department at Middlebury College and conducted the College Choir, founded the Choral Union in 1967 at the University of Vermont. Today, its 36 singers from across the state take wing with soaring works from medieval times to the present. This 90-minute program encompasses works that bring to life texts from church and theater traditions, romance and the natural world, crossing the centuries from the European and North American continents. In addition to Songs of Gold, the program features works that Chapman introduced to audiences at Middlebury and UVM, including 18th-century psalm settings by historic Vermont figures Justin Morgan and Elisha West, and pieces by such noted composers as William Byrd, Heinrich Schütz, Johannes Brahms, Josef Rheinberger, Maurice Duruflé, Charles Villiers Stanford, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Barber, Will Todd, and Randall Thompson. Tickets ($12/$10/$6) will be available at the door or in advance at the College box office (go.middebury.edu/boxoffice).
Christina Whitten Thomas’s works have been performed throughout the United States including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Disney Concert Hall. She has received commissions from the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, the Denver Women’s Chorus, Vox Femina of Los Angeles, the Esoterics of Seattle, Melodia Women’s Choir, the Apollo Men’s Chorus, and the Vermont Choral Union. Her awards include first place in the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir competition, first place in the Los Robles Master Chorale competition, first place in the Park Avenue Christian Church competition, second place in the NATS Art Song Composition Award, the Sorel Conductor’s Choice award, and the Sorel Medallion. Her choral cycle Choral de Bêtes can be heard on Musica Sacra’s 2012 CD release Messages to Myself. In addition to her Middlebury B.A., Christina holds a M.M. in composition from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She curently resides with her family in Pasadena, California, where she is also an active teacher and vocalist. More information can be found at www.christinawhitten.com.
Spring Student Symposium
We invite all members of the Middlebury College community, guests, and members of the public to join us in celebrating the academic and creative endeavors of Middlebury students. The symposium on Friday, April 21 will feature oral and poster presentations and displays throughout the day in McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Student presenters come from all four classes at Middlebury and all fields of academic study.
A full schedule of activities can be found online at go.middlebury.edu/sym
Information specifically for faculty and staff can also be found there, including a presenters list that can be sorted by major or department.
William Nash (American Studies, English & American Literatures) has been awarded a grant to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute titled Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955. The four-week institute is sponsored by and based at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Participants will explore Chicago’s contribution to the modernist movement, with particular attention given to literature and the visual arts. Last summer, Will was selected to participate in a two-week NEH Summer Seminar sponsored by Winthrop University, held at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and titled Take Note and Remember: The Commonplace Book and Its American Antecedents.
If you are hiring a Midd student to work this summer, a 2017 Summer Student Employment & Housing Agreement must be submitted to the Student Employment Office by 5 pm on April 19 (even if the student does not need on campus housing).
If you are hiring a research assistant, the Summer Research Assistant Form is also due April 19. This is in addition to the 2017 Summer Student Employment & Housing Agreement.
Please visit the Summer Employment section of the SEO’s website to view summer procedures and policies. You can access all necessary forms there.
If you or your student employees have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Employment Office at x5377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on Thursday, April 6 at 1:30PM Eastern for a special workshop in the Wilson Media Lab focused on using digital annotation in classrooms and online. Digital annotation—a technology that allows us to annotate documents and web pages from inside a browser window or inside Canvas—is an alternative to online discussion forums, which can often be hard to make lively and interesting. Workshop participants will gain hands-on experience with an annotation client, Hypothes.is, and receive guidance on using Hypothes.is in WordPress, Canvas, and on the open Web.
This workshop explores collaborative web annotation as a core digital pedagogical practice in the 21st century classroom. This emergent technology enables everyday Internet users to comment on or publicly discuss any web page. It can be applied in education to teach students traditional literacy skills and newer forms of digital literacy.
For more information, visit the Office of Digital Learning blog.
Yes, it’s a college-wide learning goal, an FYS learning goal, and we know it’s a critically important skill, but honestly who can afford the precious class-time it takes to teach oral expression? Colleagues Shawna Shapiro (Writing and Linguistics Programs) and Sarah Stroup (Political Science) will join Oratory Now Director Dana Yeaton (Theater) in a demonstration and discussion of the many ways, large and small, we can use speaking to deepen, broaden, and in some cases even expedite, what we already do.
Student Group Revives Speech Contest after 50-Year Hiatus , Parker Merrill Speech Competition, Spring 2016
Orational Thought, Middlebury Magazine, Summer 2016
Envisioning a Rhetoric That Binds Us, a community-initiated conversation report, February 2017
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for lunch by 4 pm on Friday, April 7, 2017.
The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research
and the Library