Middlebury Institute professor lectures on U.S. strategy and Syrian chemical weapons
As Syria descended into civil war in 2011-2012, what had once seemed unimaginable – that the regime might use that country’s chemical weapons (CW) against its own people – became a horrifying reality. Syria’s possession and eventual use of CW confronted the international community with a difficult challenge. The United States, sometimes working with France and the United Kingdom, responded by employing a strategy of coercion. U.S. coercive threats aimed both to deter chemical attacks and to compel the Syrian government to give up its chemical arsenal. This approach, initiated under President Obama, continued under President Trump, eventually led to two rounds of air strikes against Syria. This talk will assess the effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness) of these efforts and attempt to determine the lessons that should be learned for future policies that seek to deal with so-called weapons of mass destruction.
Jeff Knopf is a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, where he serves as chair of the M.A. program in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies. He is also a research affiliate with the Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and with the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.
Mittelman Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this autumn. These Observatory events are scheduled for Friday evenings, September 13 and September 20, from 8:30 PM until 10:00 PM, weather permitting.
Jupiter and Saturn will be in the evening sky on these dates. A variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae will also be visible through the Observatory’s telescopes. The Observatory includes a 24-inch telescope in a dome and smaller telescopes on the roof.
Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public. However, these events will take place only if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at go/observatory or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 6:30 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.
Additional shorter-notice weather-optimized events may also be scheduled aperiodically and announced through our Observatory-News e-mail list, to which one can subscribe at go/observatory-news.
Come join the Middlebury College Community Chorus as we begin our fall season — open to all who love to sing! Join students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members in our choir that numbers nearly 100 members from the greater Lake Champlain region. We rehearse 7-8:30pm on Sundays and Tuesdays. We begin our rehearsals in Mahaney Arts Center 221 on Sept. 3 and Sept. 8 and then move to our usual location in Mead Chapel on Sept. 10. This fall, as we prepare for our concerts the weekend before Thanksgiving, we’ll introduce jubilant pieces influenced by American folk-roots, gospel, and African vocal and drumming traditions, alongside serene settings of remembrance and hope by contemporary composers; also the beautiful elegy entitled “Nänie” by classical composer Johannes Brahms; and inspirational works by Middlebury composers Peter Hamlin (written in memory of Grace and Steve Weber) and Sam Guarnaccia. We welcome all – without audition – who love to sing (high school, college, and adults), trusting you can carry a tune accurately, are willing to learn to follow a musical score should you not already have that experience, and attend at least one rehearsal each week. Info: conductor Jeff Rehbach, firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-7355 and on the web at http://go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus
Box Office Opening Day for Middlebury College ID card holders: Monday, September 9 at 8:30 AM at the Mahaney Arts Center and McCullough Box Offices
Tickets for the 2019–2020 Performing Arts Series and other selected events go on sale today for Middlebury College students, faculty, staff, and other ID card holders, as well as members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS). This year is the Performing Arts Series’ 100th Anniversary, with plenty of exciting concerts, dance events, theatre, and more. We hope to see YOU in the audience!
of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process
for the recently admitted Class of 2023 continues! The Class of 2023 will
include more than 75 international students, including some U.S. students who
have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you
are interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.
& Scholar Services will hold a series of information meetings about the
program throughout the summeron the 2nd floor of the Service
Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and
share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, you
are welcome to join us as your stories and
insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they
would be a good fit for the program.
Join us for one
of our host information meetings of the season:
Friday, July 12: 12:15-1:15 pm
Monday July 22: 5:30-6:30 pm
Wednesday, July 24: 5:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 6: 12:15-1:15 pm
Friday, August 16: 12:15-1:15 pm
Monday, August 19: 12:15-1:15 AND
Thursday, Sept. 5: 5:30-6:30 pm
To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at email@example.com (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858. Feel
free to bring your lunch if you attend an afternoon meeting.