Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of 3/11

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  • Chief Diversity Officer Shirley M. Collado and Sheyenne Brown ’09 talked with NPR’s “Tell Me More” host Michel Martin on March 7 about campus diversity—both creating and maintaining it.
  • The NCAA Skiing Championships came to Middlebury and things couldn’t have gone more smoothly for the 148 athletes representing 21 teams. Middlebury posted the best team score in the men’s slalom for the second straight year and Nordic skier Ben Lustgarten ’14 turned in his second All-America performance, helping the Panthers complete a 10th-place finish on their home snow.
  • TEDx returned to Middlebury over the weekend for a second year of inspiring ideas and discussion. The theme was “The Road Not Taken” with more than a dozen speakers taking the stage to share their interpretation.
  • Starting March 14th, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs brings us “The Politics of Freshwater: Access and Identity in a Changing Environment,” a three-day, interdisciplinary conference featuring scholars from both national and international institutions, in addition to our own from Middlebury, the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
  • On Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Dana, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, whose show has been at the museum since February, will discuss his work and the current exhibition, which focuses on abandoned quarries throughout Vermont and “nature transformed through industry.”
  • First-year saxophonist Zitong (Bruce) Jia, winner of the 2013 Beucher Concerto Competition, will be the featured soloist in Friday’s Middlebury College Orchestra concert at 8 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Jia rose above a strong field of musicians to earn his distinction, and the evening should be impressive.
  • Don’t miss the premiere of “The Opulence of Integrity” March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre. This performance, inspired by the life and legend of Muhammad Ali and incorporating elements of boxing with martial arts and an original score, is the fine work of dance faculty member Christal Brown and her company INSPIRIT.
  • Several upcoming film screenings around campus offer something for everyone—MCAB’s “Free Friday Film” featuring Les Miserables at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Dana Auditorium; the Hirschfield International Film Series featuring Little Birds on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., also in Dana; and the Education Studies Film Series featuring Bag It, about the effects of plastic on our world, on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Dana.

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