Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of Nov. 26

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

  • Writer/cartoonist Alison Bechdel entertained a packed house in Twilight Auditorium on Tuesday with a glimpse into her new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. The Vermont resident, who penned the self-syndicated strip Dykes To Watch Out For in Seven Days and other alternative papers for 25 years, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for her 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home.

  • The Smithsonian Institution is keen on Anne Kelly Knowles, associate professor of geography, and how she is using GIS to expand the view of history. Not only has she won the Smithsonian’s 2012 Ingenuity Award for her groundbreaking work, now Smithsonian Magazine (December issue) has published a feature story about her historical mapping projects.

  • Middlebury student David Elber ’15 was a contestant on the television show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on Tuesday. David handled himself well, but he’s not coming back to Middlebury with a seven-figure check. The Burlington Free Press has the story.
  • Shirley Collado‘s blog, One Dean’s View, takes an interesting turn this week. In response to the Dean of the College’s piece two weeks ago about the desire for more face-to-face communication, two juniors — Anthony Perez and Alan Sutton — have recorded a frank conversation about sexuality for this week’s blog.

  • Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Twilight Auditorium, filmmaker Mark Kitchell will present his chronicle of the environmental movement, A Fierce Green Fire, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Festival. The director will be on hand for Q & A after the screening. See the trailer here.

  • The Jupiter String Quartet, known for its blazing, passionate, and energetic performances, will present two free concerts at Mahaney Center for the Arts this week: Kurtag’s 12 Microludes on Thursday at 12:15, and Schubert’s Quartet in G Major, D. 887 on Friday at 8 p.m. Both performances will be held in the Concert Hall.

  • You’ve heard about the Hepburn Zoo but have you ever seen a play there? Theatre majors Noah Berman ’13, Isabel Shill ’13, and Paula Bogutyn ’14 are presenting The Vanek Trilogy, three short plays written by Vaclav Havel, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the tiny “Zoo” theatre inside Hepburn Hall. To order tickets, visit the online box office and scroll down to “V” for Vanek.

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