Author Archives: Tracy Himmel Isham

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country

This in, from our amazing Middlebury alum, activist, journalist and now best-selling author, Sierra Crane Murdoch ’09:

“Hello, friends in Vermont and friends with ties to Vermont!

I thought I’d let a few of you know that next Wednesday, October 14, I’ll be discussing my book Yellow Bird and the This American Life episode that emerged from it with Angela Evancie, my dear friend and the host of VPR’s Brave Little State. The wonderful people at Literary North teamed up with Still North Books to organize the event. You can tune in via Crowdcast at 7:30 p.m. ET. (Register here.) It’ll be live, and you can ask questions! We hope you’ll join and spread the word.”

Also, a review in the New York Times for her debut book. And here’s a teaser: The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it—an urgent work of literary journalism.

Don’t miss this virtual LIVE event!!

CCI Winter Term in Handshake…With More to Come!

Even before the recent correspondance from the President’s Office about the expected dates for J-Term and spring semesters, the CCI internships team was working hard to drum up some really great internship opportunities for students to do during J-Term. But, I bet you’re wondering how to find these amazing gems?! Here’s a trick:

  • Go to Handshake “Jobs”
  • Open “All Filters”
  • Scroll to the bottom and open “Labeled by your school”
  • Click on “CCI Winter Term”

Here are just a few that are in Handshake now. But check back regularly as employers are posting weekly 9better yet, set up a “Job Alert” in Handshake to get a Notification every time a CCI Winter Term labeled internship gets put on Handshake):

Winter Term 2021 Financial Analyst InternshipFocus Advisory Services LLC
Winter Term 2021  Intern in Chambers of Federal District Court JudgeU.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Winter Term 2021 Rural Education Action Program InternshipStanford Rural Education Action Program (REAP)
Winter Term 2021 Internship – Project Y Theatre CompanyProject Y Theatre Company
Winter Term 2021 Media & Marketing Internship (Remote)Cardiomelon LLC
Winter Term 2021 Environmental Journalism InternshipNinth Wave Global
Winter Term 2021 Internship with the Vermont Dance AllianceVermont Dance Alliance
Costume Shop Winter Term 2021 InternMiddlebury College Costume Shop
Winter Term 2021 Crowdfunding Campaign DirectorThe Montauk Mud Company LLC
Winter Term  2021 Sports Mentoring Program CoordinatorStride Foundation

Hot HANDSHAKE Jobs and Internships in Social Impact

Check out some of these new positions added to Handshake, in addition to these curated positions in Social Impact (sorted by application deadlines):

Interested in Sustainable Investing? Join a Virtual Networking Event to Learn More

Join New England Sustainable Investing Network Event

On Thursday, October 22nd from 6pm-7pm EST, a group of Boston investment professionals will host a virtual networking session to introduce students and recent graduates to the field of sustainable investing, which typically focuses on investing as it relates to environmental and social issues, as well as impact investing.

Students and recent graduates will participate in three different small group breakout discussions where an industry professional will share information about their job in finance and how ESG is integrated into their firm’s strategy.

To get a sense of the types of firms that are practicing in this type of sustainable investing, check out affiliates to BASIC (Building A Sustainable Investing Community) Boston. BASIC connects the community of sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) professionals in the greater Boston area through educational programs and social networking opportunities.

No matter what your class year, this is a great opportunity to learn about sustainable investing and career options in this industry.

Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education-FREE

AASHE Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education
Mobilizing for a Just Transition
October 20 – 22, 2020

Middlebury College is a Host Institution for this virtual conference and FREE REGISTRATION is available for interested Middlebury students, faculty and staff.  Registration includes access to all sessions and events during and for 30 days after the conference.

Humanity faces a series of intensifying and interrelated social and ecological crises. Solving these crises requires a holistic transformation: a shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. With a theme of “Mobilizing for a Just Transition,” this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education will focus on centering justice within this transformation and ensuring that it leaves no one behind. We seek to encourage higher education sustainability leaders to reflect and act on the Just Transition Principles articulated by the Climate Justice Alliance and to spotlight inspirational examples of institutions championing this work.  (AASHE – Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)

There are many sessions to choose from, both live and on demand.  Check out the schedules for a list of offerings:
Live Schedule
On-demand Schedule

A few of the Keynote Speakers:
Colette Pichon Battle, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, will address the need for a just recovery from the COVID -19 pandemic and its associated impacts.
Tuesday, October 20, 10:30 – 11:15a

Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network – International (CAN), will share lessons learned from her efforts to advance the concept of a just transition in global climate negotiations.
Wednesday October 21: 9:00 – 9:45a

Professor Ibram X. Kendi, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and NYT bestselling author, will provide a new frame for understanding racism and provide guidance on how to be an antiracist.
Wednesday, October 21: 1:30 – 2:15p

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, will offer reflections and an indigenous perspective on the meanings of a just transition in this special keynote address.
Thursday, October 22: 9:00 – 9:45a

If you are interested in registering for the Conference, please reach out and email Tracy Himmel Isham at thimmeli[at]

Looking to Get Involved In The Conversation Surrounding Global Health?

The Fund for Global Health is currently looking for new fellows from Vermont. “Fellows from Vermont are constituents of Senator Leahy, who is currently the ranking member in the appropriation subcommittee in Congress. This is a committee who holds a lot of power regarding where funding gets allocated so constituents of Senator Leahy are a great addition to our team!

This position is open to any class year. We encourage applicants who major in global health, public health, public policy, and or government relations to apply due to the large emphasis placed on advocacy work in the realm of global health. As of right now our fellowships are a year commitment, though require approximately 6 to 8 hours a week in advocacy outreach. While this position is unpaid, it is a great resume builder and a fantastic opportunity to work hands-on with policy and global health in government.”

Feel free to reach out with any questions or inquiries to Leah McCleary, Advocacy Fellow with the Fund for Global Health at mcclearyleah[at]