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Academic Roundtable – Technology’s Horizon: The Impact of Technology on Higher Education

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Join us on Tuesday, April 15 at 12:15 pm in the Axinn Center Abernethy Room.

New technologies are continuously introduced to the education environment, having an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. The Horizon Report, released jointly by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative, looks at trends, challenges and emerging technologies that are likely to have an impact on learning, teaching and creative inquiry in education in the next one to five years. In this session we ask participants to read the report, and arrive ready to discuss the following questions:

Did they get it right?

Will these trends have an impact at Middlebury?

What can we do to prepare?

Download the report

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to dbernier@middlebury.edu by noon Friday, April 11.


HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 8 faculty positions, 35 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and no internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: go/faculty-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/faculty-jobs (off campus)

Staff Employment Opportunities:  go/staff-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs  (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

Hear Me, See Me: Previously -incarcerated Women Write Saturday, April 5th, 4:00-5:30, Axinn 229

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Reading and panel discussion by former inmates of the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facilities. Facilitated by co-editors Sarah W. Bartlett and Marybeth Redmond. Several previously-incarcerated women whose raw, unedited writing appears in the collection “HEAR ME, SEE ME: Incarcerated Women Write”(Orbis Books, September 2013) will share their words and answer questions. They are among the more than 200 women with whom Sarah W. Bartlett and Marybeth Redmond have written in Vermont’s sole women’s prison since January 2010 when they co-founded writing inside VT. This program meets weekly at CRCF and is open to any woman wishing to use writing as a tool for self-discovery and growth within a community of trust that models non-judgment and respect. Posts of the inmates’ ongoing work may be read at writinginsideVT.com.
Womensing, the Addison County-based a capella group, will sing a few songs to introduce the event.

Need Free Tax Help?

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United Way of Addison County is offering free tax help with a trained volunteer for qualified individuals. For further information and/or to schedule an appointment, please call (802) 388-7044.


The Week’s Headlines

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

Middlebury College Offers 1,422 Students Acceptance to the Class of 2018

Middlebury Voices in the News

William Peterson, Mathematics Professor, Wins Perkins Award

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme

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Issue Number:    IR-2014-39

IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.

The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”

Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the “advocate” assigned to their case or that let them “review reported income.” The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information.

Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more information, visit the IRS’s Report Phishing web page.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate IRS organization that helps taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that have not been resolved through the normal IRS channels. The IRS, including TAS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, texting or any social media.

For more on scams to guard against see the “Dirty Dozen” list on IRS.gov.


Gensler Symposium

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The Gensler Symposium (go/gensler for more information) is sponsored by the Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and presents the following speakers as part of a week-long Symposium:

Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room
I am NOT that Hungry: Creative Resistance, Black Queers, and Family
Lecture by Nikki Young, Assistant Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies & Religion, Bucknell University
Capitalism, as an economic system, creates and maintains capitalist family values, which operate through private/nuclear ownership and dominion, (singular) male leadership, inherent inequality within relationships, and the moral subjugation of dependents. This value system, in concert with the oppressive social constructions of race, gender, and sexuality, works to deprive black queers of a recognizable moral subjectivity. Through a process that I have called creative resistance, many black queers disrupt the disciplinary power within the capitalist family. They challenge (a) technologies of normalization that limit human possibility and relationships, (b) norms that subjugate diverse expressions of identities and selves; and (c) structures that foster unequal and oppressive relationship dynamics. In this presentation, I will describe the ethical framework through which black queers practice creative resistance, revision family dynamics, and imagine relational possibilities.

Thursday, April 17, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room
The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality
Lecture by Suzanna Walters, Director of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University
In her talk, Professor Walters challenges received wisdom about gay identities and gay rights, arguing that we are not “almost there,” but on the contrary have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance and acceptance rather than a robust claim to full civil rights. Drawing on a vast array of sources both popular and more scholarly, Professor Walters demonstrates how the low bar of tolerance demeans rather than ennobles both gays and straights alike.