Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of March 5

Our regular recap of goings on at the College and a look ahead to events on the horizon. As always, we hope to call your attention to items that captured ours and alert you to events that you won’t want to miss. If you have a news item that you think we’d be interested in, drop us a line at

  • After receiving a Civic Engagement Mini-Grant, four students headed to New York City to attend the Just Food Conference and enjoyed two days of workshops, discussions, skills-building sessions, and good food. One of the students, Kate Strangfeld ’12, wrote a blog post about the event.

  • In a well-written, convincing opinion piece published by Inside Higher Ed, Michael Geisler, VP Language Schools, Schools Abroad & Graduate Programs, refuted an argument made by Lawrence Summers in a New York Times essay that said learning foreign languages is not necessarily worthwhile for future generations of Americans.

  • Middlebury scholar-athletes are doing it again. Several teams and individuals are headed to NCAA action. After winning their seventh NESCAC championship with a 1-0 victory over Amherst, the women’s ice hockey team will host Plattsburgh in a NCAA quarterfinal game this Saturday. The men’s basketball team convincingly won the NCAA regionals last weekend and found out that Middlebury will host the NCAA sectionals this coming weekend. In addition, eight members of the indoor track team will compete this weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships at Grinnell College and nine skiers will represent Middlebury’s alpine and Nordic teams at the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships March 7–10. Go, Panthers!

  • In between following all the exciting athletic news this weekend, take some time to hit Main Street for the fourth annual Vermont Chili Festival. With almost 50 participants ladling up their particular brands of chili, a beverage tent, and music offered by local band the Horse Traders, this is an event not to be missed!

  • The Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium series brings cellist David Darling to the Franklin Environmental Center to speak on “Music and the Environment” this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. He will then give an intimate performance in the Center for the Arts Dance Theatre Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. For more inspiring cello music, Sophie Chao will perform in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall Friday evening at 8:00 p.m.

  • Have you met Bina48? You can learn more about her at the “Language and Technology” linguistics symposium this Friday. Running from 12:15 until 4:00 p.m. and held in Axinn 229, the symposium will feature several interesting talks, culminating with “Mind Files and Androids: A LifeNaut Project Update.”

  • Jackson Katz, author of The Macho Paradox, will be on campus March 12 and 13 to discuss gender violence and what society must do to stop it. He will give a lecture on Monday evening at 8 p.m. in Mead Chapel and on Tuesday will hold a workshop in Dana Auditorium entitled “Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity” from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.


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