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Here in Vermont, It’s All Bernie, All the Time

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Bernia mania has struck Vermont! Can the rest of the U.S.  be far behind? Vermont’s latest presidential hopeful is slated to kick off his presidential campaign in 15  minutes, and we will be right there (virtually, not literally) with Bernie, live blogging the event.  The kickoff event is taking place at Waterfront Park in Burlington, […]

New featherweight 12″ MacBook

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“It’s in! The new 12” MacBook demo model is waiting for you to try out at the Apple Desk in the bookstore. Stop by to check it out! Will be for sale soon!” by Vivian Sabla

new 12 Mac

EMPLOYEE GOLF TOURNAMENT

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employee golf poster May 27 2015

From the Green Mountains to the Redwood Forest to the White House: Is This Land Made for Bernie Sanders?

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In the wake of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ announcement two days ago  that he will challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, I have been repeatedly asked the same question: “Why?” To which I respond, “Why not?” Yes, I understand that Bernie’s not going to win the Democratic nomination. Even his fellow Vermonters, […]

Cynthia Packert awarded NEH Enduring Questions grant

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Cynthia Packert (History of Art & Architecture) 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 “Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?” The proposed new course will consider selected Asian and Islamic artworks in the Middlebury College Museum of Art’s permanent collection to explore this fundamental question. Through an intensive combination of close looking, critical analysis, and comparative consideration of diverse artworks and aesthetic traditions, students will ask how the act of beholding is entwined with cultural assumptions and conditioning and address those preconceptions by focusing on specific Asian and Islamic works. The course will be offered twice during the next three years.

Midd Certified In Engagement and Empathy!

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images-2changemaker-campusCarnegie CEC digital seal

This year something amazing happened: Middlebury College became one of just ten institutions of higher education in the U.S. and one of just two private liberal arts colleges to be recognized by both the Carnegie Foundation and Ashoka. This fall Middlebury received the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Elective Classification, which dovetails with the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation it received in 2011.

The other nine dually-certified campuses include: Rollins College, Arizona State University, Cornell University, Duke University, Marquette University, Portland State University, Tulane University, University of San Diego, and Western Washington University. 

Sandra Enos (pictured above), Scholar in Residence at the national Campus Compact office at Tufts, is researching “commonalities between the service-learning, civic engagement, and social entrepreneurship fields, as well as some of the key differences.” She is particularly interested in Middlebury College and has already interviewed Middlebury’s Director of Community Engagement, Tiffany Sargent, and the Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Jon Isham. We look forward to following her research!

Judge Bill Sessions ’69 Will Speak on “Passing Judgment” on April 23

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JUDGE WILLIAM K. SESSIONS III TO GIVE PUBLIC LECTURE IN MDDLEBURY SPONSORED BY THE HAWTHORNE CLUB AND THE HENRY SHELDON MUSEUM

Middlebury, VT…How does a judge make a sentence fit the crime or settle a contested public issue?

On April 23, 2015, at 7 pm, Judge William K. Sessions III will speak on the topic Passing Judgment at the inaugural public lecture presented by Middlebury’s Hawthorne Club in conjunction with the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.  He will offer his own thoughtful answers to those questions.  His presentation will take place at The Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court (at the corner of Charles Avenue).  Admission is free.  Parking is available at the nearby Middlebury Union High School.

Judge Sessions, a member of the Middleburg College Class of 1969, will reflect on his 20 years on the federal bench, discussing the judicial processes he uses – balancing the merits of a case, the history of relevant laws, and the impact on public policy and community sentiments.  During his judicial career, he has rendered judgment and covered such topics as climate change, campaign finance reform, equal pay for women, buffer zones at abortion clinics, application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and national sentencing policy.

Judge Sessions was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Vermont by President Bill Clinton in 1995 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  From 2002-2010, he was the Court’s Chief Judge, and has held senior status there since 2013. He was also nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1999 to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes sentencing policy for the federal courts.  In 2009 he was nominated to serve as the Commission’s Chair by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Judge Sessions has lived in Addison County for more than 40 years, serving as a law clerk, an Addison County Public Defender, and in private practice.  He has also been an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School.  In addition, as visitors to the Middlebury Farmers Market are aware, he is a frequent presence selling cheese from Blue Ledge Farm, which is owned by his daughter and son-in-law.

The Hawthorne Club was founded in 1877 to establish closer relations between members of the Middlebury College community and citizens of the town.  It is named for Nathaniel Hawthorne, a national literary hero whose talks at the College made him a local celebrity as well. Historically, Hawthorne Club meetings have featured presentations by members on literary subjects and on relevant topics of interest to speakers and members.  In more recent years outside speakers regularly have been invited to address the group.

In 2014, the Club decided to broaden its horizons by sharing at least one offering a year with the community-at-large in partnership with the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.  Chartered in 1882, the Sheldon Museum, located at One Park Street, Middlebury, tells the history of the Mid-Lake Champlain region through its rich collections, archives, and innovative exhibitions.

The two organizations chose Judge Sessions – a Middlebury College graduate, local resident, distinguished jurist, and community volunteer – as its inaugural lecturer.  His life epitomizes the values and reflects the missions of each organization.