The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Israeli Culture and the Teaching of Hebrew Language

Brazile Tells Students: “We Need You in Public Service”

Gensler Symposium Looks at Punishment, Incarceration, and Restorative Justice

How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons

Two Juniors Receive Truman Scholarships Leading to Careers in Public Service

Davis United World College Scholars Program Marks 15 Years

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Midd Certified In Engagement and Empathy!

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This year something amazing happened: Middlebury College became one of just ten institutions of higher education in the U.S. and one of just two private liberal arts colleges to be recognized by both the Carnegie Foundation and Ashoka. This fall Middlebury received the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Elective Classification, which dovetails with the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation it received in 2011.

The other nine dually-certified campuses include: Rollins College, Arizona State University, Cornell University, Duke University, Marquette University, Portland State University, Tulane University, University of San Diego, and Western Washington University. 

Sandra Enos (pictured above), Scholar in Residence at the national Campus Compact office at Tufts, is researching “commonalities between the service-learning, civic engagement, and social entrepreneurship fields, as well as some of the key differences.” She is particularly interested in Middlebury College and has already interviewed Middlebury’s Director of Community Engagement, Tiffany Sargent, and the Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Jon Isham. We look forward to following her research!

Truman Fellowship winner, Maddie

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IMG_4696Maddie Orcutt’ 16 was one of two bright young women from Middlebury College to win the prestigious Truman Fellowship. The Truman Fellowship recognizes college juniors who have been outstanding leaders in public service and are interested public service as a career. The fellowship  grants up to $30,000 toward graduate study in the U.S. or abroad.

“…Part of my evolution at Middlebury has been the realization that activism is also a form of community engagement; I’ve learned a lot about the ways in which our particular identities inform our service as Middlebury students. We all have formative life experiences, both positive and negative, which deeply inform our sense of community. Our identities are intersectional, and oftentimes, Middlebury students carry invisible identities with them every day. Community Engagement is one of the many spaces on this campus which has allowed me to contemplate my sense of community, both within as well as outside of Middlebury.

Currently, I spend a lot of my time thinking about community responses to sexual violence. Although there is currently national concern about sexual assault on college campuses, the reality is that women ages 18-24 are at the highest risk of victimization if they are not attending university. To me, the lack of awareness of the scope of this problem is nothing short of a tragedy. Community Engagement has enabled me to identify who I am and how I fit into this issue, and I’m excited to build upon this knowledge as a Truman Scholar.” -Maddie Orcutt ’16 

William Poulin-Deltour awarded a Whiting Foundation fellowship

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William Poulin-Deltour (French) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled The Debate over Same-Sex Marriage:  Toward an Enhanced Understanding of Contemporary France. The grant will enable William to spend three months in Paris to study French reactions to same-sex marriage and collect ethnographic materials that he will incorporate into his introductory and advanced courses on France. In particular, he will be examining how attitudes on same-sex marriage reflect and shape notions of national identity, gender relationships, and the role of the Catholic Church in French culture.

 

David West awarded Whiting Foundation fellowship

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David West (Geology) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Exploring Iceland’s Active Geology. The grant will support ten days of field investigation in Iceland that will enrich his teaching of structural geology, tectonics, and volcanic hazards in both introductory and upper-level geology courses. The experience will also provide a springboard for organizing an Iceland field course for students during Middlebury College’s recently established Summer Term.

David Stoll awarded Whiting Foundation fellowship

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David Stoll (Sociology/Anthropology) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Six Weeks on the US/Mexican Border. The grant will fund trips to three border regions — the Sonora Desert of Southern Arizona, the Rio Grande Valley in southeast Texas, and  the Imperial Valley of Southern California. Throughout his travels he will talk to migrants, aid workers and law enforcement personnel in order to achieve his prime objective: first-hand experience of the issues along the border to augment his research on labor migration from Central America.

Jacob Tropp awarded Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Jacob Tropp (History) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Imagining the Past in the Present: Mozambique’s Complex Colonial Legacies. The grant will support a three-week trip in fall 2015 to study first-hand the complex legacies and meanings of Mozambique’s colonial past. The purpose of this study is to derive new historical themes, images, and insights that can be used to enliven and update the Mozambique components of particular courses he teaches. He plans to visit significant commemorative sites — museums, art galleries, monuments, and other national heritage sites in the northeastern coastal areas as well as in the capital city Maputo.