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.
The Middlebury Institute William Tell Coleman library now displays one piece from Henry Simond’s Global Impact exhibit. A contemporary photographer, installation artist, exhibition curator, and film producer, Henry J. Simonds sees himself first and foremost as an interpreter of culture. As the self-styled “Chief Sphaeralogist of the International Sphaeralogical Society” he has meticulously explored and documented the wonderful world of the “Super Ball,” the bouncy toy inveted by Norman Stingley in 1965. One of the 21 close-up views of this toy is on display in the Middlebury Institute library. A second close-up view is on display in Old Chapel at Middlebury College. The remaining pieces will be distributed to the Middlebury Schools Abroad campuses. This will be the first installation that spans the entire Middlebury campus network.
The MIIS Committee for Art in Public Places (CAPP) is collaborating with the College CAPP by sending representatives to each campus through an innovation grant. Prof. Peter Broucke, Director of Art at Middlebury College, presented a lecture on Institutional (Art) History at Monterey: The “Spanish Lady” Painting in February. The lecture includes a discussion on the work by Ignacio Zuloago (1870-1945) referred to as “the Spanish Lady” that resides in the Middlebury Institute Lara Soto Adobe. Broucke discussed how Zuloaga’s nationalistic politics aligned with his art and the path that brought the painting from pre-WWII Spain to Monterey, California, by way Claude Kinnoull, a British countess, who played a key role in the founding of the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, at the height of the Cold War.
The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) recently launched the Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts (DADDA) initiative. Our first DADDA conversation will show you how websites are collecting your personal information, and will show you some simple strategies for understanding and managing the information that is being collected about you. This introductory session is open to all. Learn more about the session and sign-up to attend at go.middlebury.edu/dlinqevents
This was the largest number of College students to date participating in on-campus Monterey programs during January. This is due to the Frontier Market Scouts program admitting undergraduates from the College for the first time.
The College students participated alongside Middlebury Institute graduate students and current professionals in both the FMS and DPMI programs. They were a welcome addition to both programs!
Greetings! DLINQ staff and interns wish you a happy, reflective and restorative holiday season. This is the final 2018 installment of the weekly “DIRT” from the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry. In January 2019, the DIRT will transition from a weekly blog post to a monthly e-mail newsletter with DLINQ updates, inspiration, and information about events.
Looking Ahead to January 2019 Happenings
Mark your calendars! We are excited to be hosting and co-hosting a number of events as we kick off the new year.
January 7thDigital Detox 2019 launches. DLINQ’s second detox series will focus on bias and inclusion in digital spaces. Learn more about the series and consider subscribing to join the conversation with us.
With the help of a number of entrepreneurial students, Bill Koulopoulos, DLINQ Director of Learning Spaces and Technology, has been a key advocate for getting Middlebury’s maker movement off the ground. The space, housed in the Freeman International Center, is referred to by students as “MEME” which stands for Middlebury Environment for Making Everything. MEME offers a friendly community space with a range of fabrication tools from 3-D printers to sewing machines. Early programming like the “Repair Cafe” has been well received and there are plans to expand offerings along with building faculty partnerships to explore meaningful curricular connections.
Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled or torn?
What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled
in the dirt once or twice.
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson