Midd students are opinionated and enjoy sharing their opinions with others. This fosters lively class discussions as well as countless high-quality student-run blogs. I’d like to use this post to promote just a few of them.
MiddBlog is Middlebury’s blog for students by students. Their latest features a letter from Tik Root, the Middlebury student who just returned to the US after being held for two weeks in a Syrian jail after being detained at a demonstration in Damascus. MiddBlog is great to get a perspective on what is being discussed on campus and provides links to the blogs of other students and administrators.
21CB describes itself as “a fresh, thoughtful voice on the current affairs, popular culture, and web trends of Asia and the Asian diaspora.” This blog was founded by a Middlebury senior from HK and features contributions from several other Midd students, all of whom have a background in Asia. (Full disclosure: several of my friends are contributors).
And now for some shameless self-promotion: This blog originated as a project for a seminar I took in the fall, International Order in the 20th Century with Prof. James Morrison. The blog hosts a podcast series in which three classmates and I discuss some of the key issues from class. What is the nature of order (and disorder) in the international system? What is the role of state sovereignty in the context of international integration? What will the rise of China mean for the structure of the international system? We discuss these questions and more over the course of five podcasts.
Thanks Vince, really appreciate the exposure! Our staff is an eclectic mix, including a Malaysian journalist, a Fulbright Fellow in Singapore, and bloggers from other liberal arts colleges such as Vassar and Reed. And of course, our site wouldn’t be what it is without fellow Middlebury writers Tyler Gibson and Denise Hofmann. I’d encourage any Midd students who want to develop a portfolio of web clips or are interested in writing about Asia to email us!