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Timothy Billings awarded an NEH Enduring Questions grant

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Timothy Billings (English & American Literatures, Comparative Literature Program) has been awarded an Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the development of a new course on the topic of “What is lost (& found) in translation?” Students will explore the fundamental philosophical, sociological, and linguistic questions raised by translingual communication such as: How much does language determine how we think? How much of language is culture? What is unique to translating sacred texts, poetry, “exotic” languages, and dead languages? Is anything “untranslatable”? Are translators traitors, drudges, or artists? Can machines translate? Students will survey the history of theoretical writing on translation while comparing multiple translations of coherent sections from major works such as the Bible, Greek & Latin poetry, Tao Te Ching, and One Thousand and One Nights among others. The course will be offered twice during the next two years.

Borrow a Bike

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Dear campus community,

The Middlebury campus bike shop, with the support of library circulation services and the department of public safety, is proud to announce the Middlebury Bikeshare Program. This pilot program will serve to gauge interest in a more extensive bikeshare program, as well as to serve current campus cycling needs. Bikes will now be available for a 24 hour check-out at the Davis Family Library. In order to participate in the program you must:

1. Sign up for the program and sign the liability waiver at go/bikeshare 

2. Receive your Middlebury Bikeshare Program sticker from the campus bike shop during regular operating hours.  – Hours are Monday-Thursday: 7- 10 pm; Friday-Saturday: 3- 6 pm. Bike shop is located in the basement of Adirondack House

3. Present your student ID card, with sticker attached, at the Davis Family library to check out a bike.

4. Return bike, with lock and key securely attached, within 24 hours, or risk a frozen library account and return fines.

Special thanks to Wayne Darling of the Department of Public Safety, as well as Dan Frostman of Library Circulation Services, and all others that helped to make this program a reality.

Happy riding!

- The Middlebury Campus Bike Shop

The Week’s Headlines

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

Hauschka’s Secret to Success: Relaxation

Alternative Break: Tracking the Fracking

The Student Movement Against Fossil Fuels

Midd Alum Wins Pulitzer for National Reporting

View past stories by visiting the News Room Page.

Erik Bleich awarded a Fulbright Scholar research grant

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Erik Bleich (Political Science) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Program research grant and a fellowship through the European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) at the Collegium de Lyon (France) in support of his 2014-15 leave project titled Restricting Racist Speech in France: How Courts Draw the Line Between Free Speech and Hate Speech. He will work on a book examining how French courts distinguish between forms of racist speech that are protected and prohibited in this thorny area for liberal democracies. His fellowship in Lyon provides support and a home base for 10 months as he pursues this research. For the Fulbright, he will be affiliated with the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Sandra Carletti awarded a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Sandra Carletti (Italian) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled The United Tables of Italy: Pellegrino Artusi and the Unification of Italy in the Kitchen. The grant will enable Sandra to travel to Italy during her 2014-15 leave to do research at the Pellegrino Artusi library in Forlimpopoli, Emilia-Romagna, which houses the archives for the iconic cookbook that Artusi published just thirty years after the official unification of Italy. She plans to examine documents and collect materials to enhance her teaching of Italian culture and history and to support creation of a new course on the intersection of literature, food, and language in the representation of Italian identity.

The Week’s Headlines

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

Inaugural C3 Summit Advances Efforts to Diversify Higher Education

Middlebury and the Heartbleed Bug

VPR Goes Backstage for Middlebury’s A Clockwork Orange

Diana Nyad to Deliver Middlebury College Commencement Address

N.Y. Times Reporter Returns Home to Deliver van de Velde Lecture

Panel Discusses Challenges and Opportunities of Socially Responsible Investing

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

 

Laurie Essig awarded a Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Laurie Essig  (Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled “Bury Their Hearts”: The Homosexual as foreign Pollution in Russia. The grant will fund a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, during which Laurie will meet with colleagues, experts, and LGBT and feminist activists to further explore how the figure of the homosexual is being used in nationalist politics and rhetoric as a sign of foreign pollution and disease. This trip will also  provide Laurie with the opportunity reacquaint herself with “all things Russian” including Russian academic culture, in an effort to prepare for doing research in Russia in the future and being able to update her work on sexual citizenship in Russia in order to expand her teaching to include global sexualities.