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Machiavelli in the Ivory Tower

Machiavelli in the Ivory Tower series
Sarah Bidgood, Prof. Scott Sagan, Dr. Mariana Budjeryn, Dr. Kristin ven Bruusgaard, and Hanna Notte

Machiavelli in the Ivory Tower is a new podcast series on arms control, nonproliferation, and international security issues. In each episode, hosts Sarah Bidgood and Hanna Notte discuss cutting-edge research and what it means for the most pressing challenges facing policymakers today. In conversation with expert guests, Sarah and Hanna break down these complex topics in ways that bridge the divide between scholarship and the real world. Join them each month as they bring Machiavelli into the Ivory Tower!

The third episode of the series, published on April 25, 2022, deals with nuclear escalation and the war in Ukraine. Sarah and Hanna invite Dr. Kristin ven Bruusgaard, a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo, to discuss the implications of Russian nuclear strategy and the modernization of its conventional forces for the ongoing war in Ukraine. Will the Russian government likely decide to resort to nuclear weapons? Tune in to find out.

Machiavelli in the Ivory Tower Ep 3: Nuclear Escalation and the War in Ukraine. A Conversation with Dr. Kristin ven Bruusgaard

In the second episode, Sarah and Hanna speak with Dr. Mariana Budjeryn, a research associate with the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Dr. Budjeryn discusses her new book, Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine. In their conversation, the hosts and guest draw connections between Dr. Budjeryn’s findings and the war in Ukraine, focusing in particular on the implications of Russia’s unprovoked invasion for nonproliferation and arms control and Russia’s spurious allegations that Ukraine is pursuing a nuclear capability.

Machiavelli in the Ivory Tower Ep 2: Nuclear Weapons and the War in Ukraine: A Conversation with Dr. Mariana Budjeryn

In the first episode, Sarah and Hanna speak with Prof. Scott Sagan, who is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, about the relationship between nuclear doctrine and the law of armed conflict, related ethical and legal concerns, the implications for US policymakers and military planners, recommendations for the upcoming Nuclear Posture Review, and more generally the dangers inherent in “siloing” legal and strategic studies.

Machiavelli in the Ivory Tower Ep 1: A Conversation with Professor Scott Sagan

Machiavelli in the Ivory Tower is also available on:

Spotify: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/machiavelli-in-the-ivory-tower/id1607559445

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/machiavelli-in-the-ivory-tower/id1607559445

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy83ZmUwOTM0OC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw

SAT First Friday Staff Meet-Ups 12pm

Faculty and staff are invited to Staff Meet-ups every first Friday from 12-1:15pm PT April, May, and June 2020.

Participants can join at http://go.miis.edu/staffmeetup.

Events include speakers from departments across campus. This is also an opportunity to share ideas and suggestions.

SAT is now recruiting new members for 2-year terms starting June 2020. Contact anyone on SAT for more information.

Monday Virtual Lunches in April

Faculty and staff are invited to Monday lunches from 12-1pm PT during the month of April. This is an open session to check-in and share tips on remote work and life during shelter-in-place. Pets and kids welcome!

Join us at https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/933492054 every Monday in April from 12-1pm.

This events are hosted by the Staff Advisory Team. To learn more visit http://sites.miis.edu/staff.

MIIS staff and faculty invited to First Friday Staff Meet-Ups 12-1

The MIIS Staff Advisory Team (SAT) invites all staff and faculty to our monthly meet-ups this spring.

Join colleagues every first Friday from 12-1/1:30pm in MG 100 (unless otherwise noted).

The next meet-up will feature David Gibson and Eva Gudbergsdottier on Friday, March 6 from 12-1pm in MG 100. They will provide an update on marketing and internal communications.

This is a “brown bag” meeting. Light dessert will be provided.

Learn more about SAT events or contact anyone on our planning team at http://sites.miis.edu/staff.

Stay up to date on MIIS information and meeting minutes across a range of leadership and planning teams at http://sites.miis.edu/info (login required).

Salon Jane Exhibit Opening March 6 in honor of International Women’s Day

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day while enjoying the artwork of Salon Jane at a viewing and reception.

Where: McCone Upper Atrium

When: Friday, March 6 from 5:30-7pm

RSVP

Salon Jane is an artist collective of six women photographers—Martha Casanave (MIIS alumna), Susan Hyde Greene, Jane Olin, Anna Rheim, Robin V. Robinson, and Robin Ward—who all work outside the traditional sense of straight photography, experimenting and expanding their creativity with the support and honest feedback of the rest of the group.


Photography will be on display through June 2020.


This event is hosted by the Institute Committee on Art in Public Places (ICAPP) and Middlebury Institute Advancement Office.

About iCAPP

The creation of the MIIS Committee on Art in Public Places (ICAPP) is official. The group was developed to mirror the College’s CAPP that was established on the Vermont Campus in 1994.

The idea for MIIS CAPP started through a design-thinking activity that explored findings from the 2015 “Live the Brand” report. MIIS community members brainstormed ways to illustrate the transformative experience. After monthly meetings in spring 2015, the group determined the need for coordination and use of public art as one method for showcasing the learning journeys and transformative experiences of the MIIS community.

In service of this aim, MIIS CAPP has been charged with achieving the following goals:

  • Establish a program of exhibition of art in public places.
  • Illustrate the mission of the Institute, as well as the work of our students and alumni, by providing interesting and challenging artwork of high quality.
  • Elicit gifts and loans of artwork that can enhance the aesthetic and educational mission of the Institute.
  • Involve a broad representation of the community in choosing, placing, and interpreting art in public places to improve overall campus aesthetic, while preserving historical pieces.
  • Coordinate with relevant departments to secure funding for the purchase, installation, maintenance, and interpretation of works of art in public places.
  • Work with relevant departments to ensure the security and care of these objects.

We look forward to bringing a unified approach to public art displays on campus to illustrate and improve the MIIS experience.

ICAPP welcomes your involvement. Please contact any committee member to suggest a project or to get involved.