Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of 10/15

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

  • Anyone who missed seeing the His Holiness the Dalai Lama last week can get a front-row seat to both of his talks—online. The 14th Dalai Lama visited campus October 12-13, and thousands came to hear him speak about creating hope and compassion in the world, and about making this century the century of peace.

  • Panther field hockey fans are pleased. After the top-ranked Salisbury Sea Gulls sustained a loss, the Midd field hockey team advanced to the top spot, becoming the number-1-ranked team in the nation, with a perfect 12-0 record.

  • As the saying goes, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Yet, according to Elizabeth R. DeSombre, professor of environmental studies from Wellesley College, mankind has done way too much fishing (the fish agree), and fisheries are increasingly depleted. DeSombre will talk about the new efforts needed to help stabilize marine populations at a lunchtime Woodin Colloquium called Saving Global Fisheries, on October 18.

  • The College has geared up for another friendly invasion of visitors, sure to happen this weekend during Homecoming. A plethora of Homecoming activities is planned, including the Peter Westra ’99 Memorial 5K Run, ski patrol sale, many open houses, rugby, water polo championships, concerts, Midd vs. Bates football, the stand-up comedy of Wyatt Cenac, a pancake breakfast at the Snow Bowl, and much more.

  • Two panel discussions of note: The Rohatyn Center’s 10th anniversary will be marked by a special panel of Middlebury professors discussing U.S. global power, on October 18. Each will present the perspective of a different region of the world about the global role of the United States. And on Friday, October 19, “Gender and the Presidential Election 2012” will be the discussion topic,  presented by the Program in Women and Gender Studies. Participants include former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin; Ellen Andersen, associate professor of political science at the University of Vermont; and Bert Johnson, associate professor of political science at Middlebury.


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