Author Archives: Gail Borden

Envisioning Middlebury: Talk by Gardner Campbell on Friday

Gardner Campbell

We are pleased to announce the second in our series of speakers for Envisioning Middlebury, our yearlong conversation.

Dr. Gardner Campbell serves as associate professor of English and special assistant to the provost at Virginia Commonwealth University. In his talk, he will discuss how the paradigm of “romantic computing—the experience of wonders [and] uncanny encounters” through technology—can help us fulfill our highest educational ideals.

Dr. Campbell will speak at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey on Friday, May 6, at 12:15 p.m., PDT, in the 499 Van Buren videoconferencing room. Vermont participants are encouraged to attend and participate in the videoconference in Davis Library 105 at 3:15 p.m., EDT.  Opportunity for discussion immediately following.

Envisioning Middlebury is a community conversation to engage individuals across the Middlebury community. These discussions will form the foundation for Middlebury’s strategic planning process. Please join us by attending the talk and engaging in our community conversation.


Susan Baldridge

Google Ventures Founder Bill Maris ’97 – Monday at 7 – Wilson Hall

Bill Maris photo

Google Ventures founder and CEO, and Middlebury alum Bill Maris (’97) has had quite an unpredictable career.  Currently he invests in startups at the epicenter of science, technology, and medicine.  He oversees $2.4B in capital, and has funded more than 300 companies in the GV portfolio, including Uber, Slack and Nest. In this talk, he’ll share his perspective on how he went from Vermont to Silicon Valley, and how entrepreneurs and innovation will shape our future.

This talk, held Monday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall, will provoke, challenge, and inspire us as we engage in conversations that envision the future of Middlebury.

Following Bill Maris’ departure the Faculty Strategy Committee will be hosting a breakfast for all faculty, staff, and students who are interested in sharing ideas raised by this thought-provoking talk. Please join Cheryl Faraone, Chris Klyza, and Amy Morsman for breakfast and meaningful conversation in Redfield Proctor at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

Imagine Monterey and You: Forging Faculty Connections with the Monterey Institute

Midd MIIS Faculty Connections Panel 

Faculty Presentation and Discussion – Tuesday, November 12 – 4:30 p.m. – Axinn 229

Are you interested in learning more about your colleagues at Monterey? Teaching and working with graduate students? Spending some of your winter in California?  Many of your Middlebury colleagues have taught Winter Term courses and workshops, given invited lectures, developed scholarly collaborations with Monterey colleagues, and even spent a semester at the Institute.

Five Middlebury faculty members – Cat Ashcraft, Pat Manley, Andrea Olsen, Sarah Stroup, and Rich Wolfson – will share their experiences connecting with MIIS and provide information about how interested others might forge their own connections.  Bring your questions; we have reserved lots of time for discussion.  Moderated by Susan Baldridge.

Sponsored by the Office of Planning and Assessment – 443-5089

Invitation to Reaccreditation Open Meetings

From the Office of the President:

As you know, Middlebury is undergoing its scheduled reaccreditation review this semester. The reaccreditation review team will be here on campus from October 30-November 2. The visit includes opportunities for the review team members to meet and hear from faculty, staff, and students in open meetings.  I am writing to invite and encourage you to participate in these meetings.  Dates and times are listed below:

Staff Open Meeting: Monday, October 31, 12:30-1:45 p.m., McCullough Social Space (light refreshments will be available).

Faculty Open Meeting: Monday, October 31, 4:30-5:45 p.m., McCullough Social Space (light refreshments will be available).

Student Open Meeting: Tuesday, November 1, noon-1 p.m., Mitchell Green Lounge. (NOTE: The student meeting includes lunch; interested students should RSVP to Gail Borden.)

In addition, the visit will conclude with a report out to the Middlebury College community by the review team. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at 11 a.m. in McCullough Social Space.  All are invited to attend.

Additional information about reaccreditation is available on the website.

Thanks for your participation in this important process.