Things That Happened, Things To Do—Week of April 19
Each Tuesday, the editors at Dispatches offer a recap of things that happened last week and a look ahead at what’s going on this week on campus. We hope to point you toward links that you may not have seen, alert you to events that you won’t want to miss, and call your attention to items that captured ours.
- A team from Middlebury College has been selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon 2011. How big a deal is this? The competition includes a conglomerate of five Florida universities, a Cal Tech-Southern California Institute of Architecture tandem, and national squads from the likes of Belgium, New Zealand, China, and Canada. Middlebury’s proposal: reinventing the New England farmhouse.
- The College has launched an ambitious new venture that is poised to be an innovative leap in language learning for the pre-college set. A number of media outlets and education blogs—including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Education Next—have covered the news. President Liebowitz talks about the venture here.
- The local newspaper, The Addison Independent, recently took a tour of the College’s Organic Garden.
- Travis Jacobs, a historian and Middlebury professor emeritus, is working on a biography of the late U.S. Senator Robert Stafford (himself a Midd alum, class of 1935). Though he’s still about a year away from completing a first draft of his manuscript, Jacobs recently offered a “research-in-progress” update on what he’s discovering.
- John Elder’s career is being honored and celebrated on campus this week. These events are not to be missed.