Mittelman Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this autumn. These Observatory events are scheduled for Friday evenings, September 13 and September 20, from 8:30 PM until 10:00 PM, weather permitting.
Jupiter and Saturn will be in the evening sky on these dates. A variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae will also be visible through the Observatory’s telescopes. The Observatory includes a 24-inch telescope in a dome and smaller telescopes on the roof.
Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public. However, these events will take place only if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at go/observatory or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 6:30 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.
Additional shorter-notice weather-optimized events may also be scheduled aperiodically and announced through our Observatory-News e-mail list, to which one can subscribe at go/observatory-news.
Come join the Middlebury College Community Chorus as we begin our fall season — open to all who love to sing! Join students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members in our choir that numbers nearly 100 members from the greater Lake Champlain region. We rehearse 7-8:30pm on Sundays and Tuesdays. We begin our rehearsals in Mahaney Arts Center 221 on Sept. 3 and Sept. 8 and then move to our usual location in Mead Chapel on Sept. 10. This fall, as we prepare for our concerts the weekend before Thanksgiving, we’ll introduce jubilant pieces influenced by American folk-roots, gospel, and African vocal and drumming traditions, alongside serene settings of remembrance and hope by contemporary composers; also the beautiful elegy entitled “Nänie” by classical composer Johannes Brahms; and inspirational works by Middlebury composers Peter Hamlin (written in memory of Grace and Steve Weber) and Sam Guarnaccia. We welcome all – without audition – who love to sing (high school, college, and adults), trusting you can carry a tune accurately, are willing to learn to follow a musical score should you not already have that experience, and attend at least one rehearsal each week. Info: conductor Jeff Rehbach, firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-7355 and on the web at http://go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus
Box Office Opening Day for Middlebury College ID card holders: Monday, September 9 at 8:30 AM at the Mahaney Arts Center and McCullough Box Offices
Tickets for the 2019–2020 Performing Arts Series and other selected events go on sale today for Middlebury College students, faculty, staff, and other ID card holders, as well as members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS). This year is the Performing Arts Series’ 100th Anniversary, with plenty of exciting concerts, dance events, theatre, and more. We hope to see YOU in the audience!
of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process
for the recently admitted Class of 2023 continues! The Class of 2023 will
include more than 75 international students, including some U.S. students who
have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you
are interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.
& Scholar Services will hold a series of information meetings about the
program throughout the summeron the 2nd floor of the Service
Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and
share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, you
are welcome to join us as your stories and
insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they
would be a good fit for the program.
Join us for one
of our host information meetings of the season:
Friday, July 12: 12:15-1:15 pm
Monday July 22: 5:30-6:30 pm
Wednesday, July 24: 5:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 6: 12:15-1:15 pm
Friday, August 16: 12:15-1:15 pm
Monday, August 19: 12:15-1:15 AND
Thursday, Sept. 5: 5:30-6:30 pm
To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at email@example.com (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858. Feel
free to bring your lunch if you attend an afternoon meeting.
Mittelman Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this summer. These Observatory events are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, June 26, July 3, July 24, July 31, and August 7, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM, weather permitting.
Jupiter and Saturn will be in the evening sky on many of these dates. A variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae will also be visible through the Observatory’s telescopes. The Observatory includes a 24-inch telescope in a dome and smaller telescopes on the roof.
Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public. As these are minimal language events, they are also appropriate for Language Schools students. These events will take place only if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at go/observatory or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 7 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.
year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, the Feminist Resource Center at
Chellis House celebrates all the nominees for the Feminist of the Year Award.
On May 11, 2019, a large group of Chellis House friends gathered in the
backyard to celebrate the strides we made during another successful school
year. Integral to making these strides are the many feminist activists and
knowledge producers who never tire of investing their intellectual and
emotional energy towards making this world a more equitable place. After
enjoying delicious treats and the poetry of GSFS major Sam Boudreau ’19, we
honored the award winners. Language in Motion Coordinator Kristen Mullins
garnered the prize in the staff category. Her nominator noted that “Kristen [had] devoted the past five years
to promoting and deepening cultural understanding on this campus, in the local
communities through her K-12 outreach, and in Japan through her Japan Summer
Service Learning program. For years now she has led community-focused anti-bias
response trainings. Students and staff alike have found them tremendously
This year, the committee decided to
distinguish two professors in the faculty category. Eliza Garrison, Associate
Professor of History of Art and Architecture, was lauded for “consistently
bringing a feminist lens to her classes in the Art History department. In
particular, her class ‘Medieval Bodies’ in fall 2018 analyzed how women and
other (literally) marginalized people were treated in medieval art and what the
social and political ramifications of these representations were.” In all of
her classes, Professor Garrison makes a point “both to assign feminist analyses
of works of art and to discuss misogyny and othering in art.” The other
professor who won the award was Lana Povitz, Visiting Assistant Professor of
History. Her nominator highlighted her ability “to craft socially conscious and relevant syllabi in
all of her classes, which require students to engage with the highly political world
around them, allowing no one to remain apathetic or ignorant of the issues that
dictate our lives. Her assignments allow students to self implicate, explore
their own narratives, and counter traditional modes of history that sustain
This year, the selection committee
decided to distinguish five students with the award although many more had been
nominated. Throughout their four-year career at Middlebury, Miranda de Beer ’19
and Mika Morton ’19 often engaged in activism in tandem. By conceiving the
“Middlebury 5K: Steps Towards Reproductive Justice” three years ago, they
created an event with staying power. The event now draws close to 100 people who learn about
reproductive justice through signs on the golf course while running or walking.
They expand their knowledge at t-shirt making activities after the event where the
event leaders are on site to talk about reproductive justice and hand-out
pamphlets. Mika and Miranda also created a template for other students to
continue their effort.
Mika and Miranda often collaborated
with Toria Isquith ’19, Grace Vedock ’20 and Rebecca Wishnie ’20. Toria raised
awareness about the reproductive dangers associated with the proliferation of crisis
pregnancy centers that pose as health care facilities to spread misinformation
about pregnancy and abortion. For her senior project with Professor Carly
Thomsen, Toria developed the “Bonefish” animation series, which brings to light
the realities of abortion access and lived experience for women seeking
In addition to being an activist against sexual violence and
helping establish a digital archive for feminist activism at Middlebury,
Rebecca Wishnie investigated the power dynamics of the Charles Murray visit
throughout the past school year. In the course, “Gender and the Making of
Space,” and at the student symposium, she examined how the architecture of
McCullough helped to lend an air of legitimacy to Murray’s visit. For the 2018
Student Summer Symposium, Rebecca, together with Professor Sujata Moorti,
investigated state-sanctioned violence and state-sanctioned mourning by comparing
the film series The Handmaid’s Tale
with the Charles Murray visit.
Over the past three years at
Middlebury. Grace Vedock has demonstrated a great passion for combating sexual
violence. Tirelessly collaborating with Taite Shomo ’20.5 in the “It Happens
Here” speak-out, she also testified before the Vermont State Committee on
Education in favor of a bill that supports victims of campus sexual assault in
Vermont. Grace also is a strong advocate on behalf of all queer students who
were affected by this voices contesting their humanity on this campus.
Please congratulate all the winners
when you see them.
Caption: 2019 Feminists of the Year Toria Isquith ’19, Miranda de Beer ’19, Professor Lana Povitz, Grace Vedock ’20, and Mika Morton ’19. Not pictured: Professor Eliza Garrison, Language in Motion Coordinator Kristen Mullins, and Rebecca Wishnie ’10.