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Annual Report 2007-2008

Varian Fry in Berlin, 

Citizen of the World Varian Fry, an American journalist who helped thousands of Jewish refugees escape from Nazi terror in occupied France in 1940-41, was honored posthumously last spring during a ceremony marking the ďŹ fth anniversary of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Fry was chosen as the recipient of the ďŹ rst Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Global Citizenship Award. “Varian Fry was a patriotic young American,â€? Felix Rohatyn said as he presented the award to Fry’s widow, Annette, “but he was also a citizen of the world. He saw through the anguish and confusion of a world at war to the core issues of freedom and survival.â€? (See story on page )

A Man with Qualities


nother event-filled year has come and gone at the Rohatyn Center, yet I know the ones to follow will never quite be the same. On May 30, 2008, former Middlebury trustee, recent contributor to the Working Paper Series, and my dear friend General William E. Odom lived his last day in this world. His sudden death may have been the best way to go, but for those of us left behind, especially his wife, Anne ’58, and their son, Mark ’87, it is a heavy weight to bear.

The pages that follow chronicle a rich array of international programming on a wide range of topics. We were especially pleased in an election year to host former and current topranking officials from the State Department (Ambassador Marc Grossman), Pentagon (Secretary Peter Verga), and the White House (Director of the National Economic Council Allan Hubbard) in spring semester. Their visits gave the community better insight into the complexities of forming cogent policy in a rapidly changing world.

Bill was that rare sort of scholar-practitioner who could discuss with equal passion American foreign policy and the greatest works of art and literature. I once told him he had to read the new translation of Robert Musil’s The Man without Qualities. He returned the next summer having carefully read both volumes (close to 2,000 pages) and thanking me repeatedly for the recommendation. In turn, without him I might have missed the incredible novels of Joseph Roth. A patriot through and through, Bill never shrank from criticizing his country when it had gone off course. While committed to the unvarnished truth, he coupled his sometimes astringent candor with an always kind and generous heart. It was a winning combination, and I know that I am not alone in saying that I already miss him terribly. But I also remain convinced that Bill’s unbounded energy is something that mere death could not possibly extinguish. Providence aside, the laws of physics simply do not permit it. We mourn his loss while celebrating his exceptional life.

Yet the high point of the academic year fittingly came as it drew to a close. Ambassador Felix Rohatyn returned to campus in May, both to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Rohatyn Center and to award the first Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Global Citzenship Award to Varian Fry. The Global Citizenship Award honors leadership that is committed to the long-term advancement of humanity over short-term gain. Mr. Fry’s 84-year-old widow Annette traveled to Vermont to accept the award. The ceremony featured moving remarks from both President Ronald Liebowitz and from Ambassador Rohatyn, whose family could not have escaped Nazi-occupied France without the help of selfless heroes like Varian Fry (you can read their commentary on our Web site). After completing his personal remarks, Ambassador Rohatyn presented a commemorative plaque to Mrs. Fry, while the audience delivered a heart-felt standing ovation. In Varian Fry’s memory, the College also planted a beautiful cherry tree just north of the Rohatyn Center. Many dedicated people worked together to make the day so special, and we thank them all for their generosity of spirit.

Bill would have loved to get the full report of what happened at the Rohatyn Center in 2007-2008. As a founding member, along with Princeton, Texas, and Columbia, we were pleased to see the UChannel (formerly University Channel) garner additional accolades and continue to educate the public at large on public policy issues, broadly defined. In spring 2008, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awarded the UChannel a Circle of Excellence Silver Medal for “Creative Use of Technology and New Media.” The UChannel now receives two million hits per month, and Rohatyn Center lectures can be found on Facebook, iTunes, YouTube, and even in Second Life, as well as on our own Web site. For a visual record of the year that was, check the video archives section of our site.

The exciting year simply could never have been launched without the habitually exceptional work of Rohatyn Center staff and the commitment and innovation of countless members of the College community, who dream up the events that take place upstairs, with the Rohatyn Center as midwife. I am especially indebted to Professor Ed Knox, who served so admirably during my sabbatical year in 2006-2007. I felt extremely fortunate, albeit a bit superfluous, to return and find everything in better shape than I had left it. Here’s to another year of collective accomplishment and positive memories, and we wish you all the best for a productive 2008-2009. —Allison Stanger, Director

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Allison Stanger, Felix Rohatyn, Annette Fry, and Ron Liebowitz. Photo: Trent Campbell

Getting In Touch Allison Stanger Director, RCFIA 802.443.5023 Charlotte Tate Assistant Director, RCFIA 802.443.5795 Martha Baldwin Program Coordinator, RCFIA 802.443.5324 Carolann Davis Program Coordinator, International Politics and Economics, and International Studies 802.443.2319


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International Affairs at Middlebury College 2007–2008 Thierry Warin, Director, International Politics and Economics Ian Barrow, Director, International Studies Jacob Tropp, Director, African Studies Stephen Snyder, Director, East Asian Studies Ana Martinez-Lage, Director, European Studies Gloria Gonzalez-Zenteno, Director, Latin American Studies Robert Schine, Director, Middle East Studies William Pyle, Director, Russian and East European Studies Cynthia Packert, Director, South Asian Studies Michael Geisler,Vice President, Language Schools, Schools Abroad and Graduate Programs Jeffrey Cason, Dean, International Programs Kathy Foley-Gorgio, Dean, International Student and Scholar Services

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This report is dedicated to the memory of General William E. Odom (1932–2008).

RCFIA Mission The Rohatyn Center for International Affairs (RCFIA) supports the College’s goal of advancing global understanding that radiates from a core linguistic and cultural competency. RCFIA works with a faculty committee to create cocurricular programming that expands opportunities for students, and supports faculty in their teaching and professional development. Programs include Executive in Residence, Scholar in Residence, the International Studies Colloquium, international symposia and lectures, and outreach activities. RCFIA disseminates current research through a Working Paper Series; we also administer institutional grants in international studies, an undergraduate international research travel grant program, and a sponsored internship program. We work with the Career Services OfďŹ ce and other campus organizations to expand opportunities for internships and other types of direct experience that give students a sense of how the world looks and works from perspectives other than their own. Cover photograph by Brett Simison Featured throughout are images from Middlebury College’s 2007 study abroad photo contest. Printed on Mohawk Options 100% PCW, 80-lb. cover and 80-lb. text. This paper is manufactured entirely with non-polluting, wind-generated energy, using 100% postconsumer recycled ďŹ ber, is Process Chlorine-Free, and is certiďŹ ed by Green Seal and Smart Wood to the Forest Stewardship Council Standard.

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Rohatyn Global Citizenship Award Fifth Anniversary of the Rohatyn Center and First Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Global Citizenship Award


n Friday, May 2, members of the Board of Trustees and College filled the Jones House to participate in both the Rohatyn Center’s fifth–anniversary celebration and the inauguration of the Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Global Citizenship Award. The award was presented in memory of Varian Fry (1907-1967), whose courage and compassion exemplified the highest form of leadership. His wife Annette Fry accepted the award in his honor.

Varian Fry was a citizen of the world. An editor, journalist, and teacher, Fry wrote about foreign affairs for several journals in the 1930s, but it was a trip to Germany in 1935 that changed the course of his life. There, he witnessed Nazi storm troopers beating Jews on the streets of Berlin, and he began a campaign to alert Americans to the dangers of fascism and the brutal treatment of Jews and other minorities in Nazi Germany. In 1940, Fry and a group of other journalists, religious leaders, and activists formed the Emergency Rescue Committee to assist people fleeing from Nazi persecution. When the committee needed someone to go to Marseilles and help refugees who were trying to escape from Vichy France, Varian Fry volunteered for the job. He arrived in Marseilles on August 15, 1940, with a list of 200 stranded refugees and $3,000 taped to his leg. Against all odds, in the space of little over a year, Fry managed to rescue more than 1,500 people fleeing the Nazi menace. Among them were painters Marc Chagall and Max Ernst, writers Franz Werfel and Heinrich Mann, and Nobel laureate biochemist Otto Meyerhof. Fry later wrote that his instinct was “to help the many writers whose work I had enjoyed; just as they, without knowing it, had often in the past helped me.” He was a man who saw through the anguish and confusion of a world at war, to the core issues of freedom and survival.

acknowledged his goodwill. In 1991, Fry was distinguished by the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and in 1996, was named “Righteous Among Nations,” the highest honor from Israel for rescuers during the Holocaust. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah as it is called in Hebrew, Middlebury College commemorated Varian Fry for his selfless courage and compassion. In presenting the Global Citizenship Award, Felix Rohatyn eloquently observed that, “Varian Fry was a public servant in the truest sense of the term. He can now be seen as the father of a new kind of international engagement most obviously represented today by hundreds of nongovernmental organizations that work—‘without borders’—to tackle problems that the most talented officials will not or cannot. “They do not have a monopoly on truth or courage any more than governments do, but they have matured to become essential components of international understanding and humanitarian action, often leading the way for nations to try to balance human justice and global peace. “For that legacy, too, we have Varian Fry to thank and Varian Fry to remember.”

Annette Fry displays the Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Global Citizenship Award in honor of her husband,Varian Fry. Photo: Trent Campbell

Regardless of his honorable accomplishments, Fry did not seek recognition. Fifty years after he arrived in France and 24 years after his death, a U.S. government agency finally


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Lectures and Events


uring the 2007-2008 academic year, the Rohatyn Center sponsored and supported a wide array of cocurricular and internationally oriented events that spanned the globe and crossed many disciplines. We welcome you to visit the video archives section of our Web site (ďŹ a/ archives/) to view recordings of many of our events. September 18 “Changing Perspectives: From Sherpa Culture to Social Justiceâ€? by Frances Klatzel, founder and chair, CORE International (Creating Opportunities and Resources for the Excluded).

October 3 “The Evolution of the Post-Soviet Identity: In Search of the Russian Soul� by Anna Vassilieva, professor and Russian Studies Program head, Monterey Institute for International Studies.

October 28 Screening Cocalero and discussion with Alejandro Landes, director and coproducer. October 29 “Surrealism, Modernism, and Postwar Japanese Film Radicals� by Jonathan Hall, professor of comparative literature, University of California, Irvine. November 2 Concert by Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble. November 2 Student presentations of 2007 Davis Projects for Peace: “Storytelling in Uganda� by Aylie Baker ’09, Leah Bevis ’09, Vijay Chowdhari ’09, and Christopher O’Connell ’09; and “Enlightening Pakistan� by Shujaat Khan ’10 and Hamza Usmani ’10. November 4 “From Vilna to Odessa: A Jewish Odyssey in the East European Past� by Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History, Trinity College.

October 7 Screening of ÂżPuedo Hablar? and discussion with Christopher Moore, director and producer, Sol Productions. October 10 “Reclaiming the Futureâ€? by David Lowenthal, author of George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation and professor emeritus, Department of Geography, University College London. October 11 “Driving a Hybrid: Between Dictatorship and Democracy in the Modern Worldâ€? by Graeme Robertson, assistant professor of political science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. October 17 Screening of Souls without Borders: The Untold Story of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade   and discussion with Anthony Geist, director and professor of Spanish, University of Washington, Seattle.

November 9 “Dealing with Russia: A Business, Political, and Legal Perspectiveâ€? by Eileen O’Connor, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, LLP. November 10 Concert of Chinese music by Han Zhiming and Cynthia Hsiang. November 12 “Not Yet Modernist, Already Postmodern: Hong SangSoo and Modernism in Korean Cinemaâ€? by Seung-hoon Jeong, Department of Film Studies and Comparative Literature, Yale University. November 13 “Escribir para sobrevivir y Sobrevivir para escribirâ€? by Ricardo ChĂĄvez CastaĂąeda, visiting lecturer in Spanish, Middlebury College.

October 25 “Democracy, Institution-Building, and the Rule of Law in Central and East Europeâ€? by Jan Machåˇcek, HospodĂĄrˇskĂŠ noviny newspaper, Prague.

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November 14 “The Immigrant Threat: The Integration of Old and New Migrants in Western Europe since 1850” by Leonardo Lucassen, professor of social history, University of Leiden, Netherlands. November 16 “Tribalism in Modern Iraq and Its Role in Current Iraqi Politics” by Robert Fernea, University of Texas at Austin. November 16 “Iraqi Women: Then and Now” by Elizabeth Fernea, University of Texas at Austin. November 26 “The Policy of Piracy in China and Russia” by Martin Dimitrov, assistant professor of government, Dartmouth College. November 27 “‘Freedom and Unity’: Burundian Political Refugees in Vermont” panel discussion with representatives of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program Sebastien Hakizimana, Judy Scott, and David Tabaruka. January 9 “After Iraq: Whither U.S. Strategy?” by Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history, Boston University. January 21 “The Benefits and Risks of Nuclear Energy in a Globalized World” by Charles Ferguson, Council on Foreign Relations. February 13 Concert of Russian folk music by Zolotoi Plyos. February 15 “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and coauthor of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.

February 15-16 Concert by the DaCapo Chamber Players. February 21 “Economic Challenges Facing the United States” by Allan Hubbard, former assistant to the president for economic policy and director, National Economic Council. February 27 “The Winning Formula of 60 Minutes: Staying on Top by Covering the War While Ignoring Britney Spears” by Jeff Fager, executive producer,  Minutes. February 28 “Las Dictaduras Democraticas Del Siglo XXI” by Virginia Contreras, American Security Council Foundation and former ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) from Venezuela. February 29 “Is Muslim the New Black? How Muslims Are Viewed in Britain and France” by Erik Bleich, associate professor of political science, Middlebury College. February 29 “Images of a Journey: India in Diaspora” by Steven Raymer, associate professor of journalism, Indiana University, and former staff photographer, National Geographic. February 29 “The Economics of Coercion during Stalin’s Great Terror” by Paul Gregory, Cullen Professor of Economics, University of Houston, and research fellow, Hoover Institution. February 29 Performance by Chinese Theatre Works in celebration of the 2008 Lunar New Year. March 3 “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Are the Chances for Peace?” by Yaakov Katz, military correspondent and defense analyst, The Jerusalem Post.

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March 18 “Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead” by Madeleine Kunin, former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland. March 19 “India, America, and Liberal Partnership: A Tocquevillean Foreign Policy” by Paul Carrese ’89, professor and director, United States Air Force Academy Scholars Program. March 31 “Who is Wu-Ming? Global Fiction from Italy” by Roberto Bui, Wu-Ming Foundation. April 1 “The Pentagon’s New Map” by Tom Barnett, senior managing director, Enterra Solutions LLC. April 2 “Media Silence on Iraq and Iran in an Election Year” by Scott Ritter, former U.N. Weapons Inspector.

Madeleine Kunin signs books after her lecture. Photo: Karin Hanta

March 11 “Power Transition in Russia? The Significance of the Presidential Election” by Peter Rutland, professor of government, Wesleyan University.

April 9 “Death, Dreams, and the Otherworld: A Comparative Perspective between China and Medieval Europe” panel discussion with Middlebury College faculty members Carrie Reed, associate professor of Chinese, and Stefano Mula, assistant professor of Italian.

March 12 “European Integration: A Growing Trans-Atlantic Divide or Rapprochment?” by Sarwar Kashmeri, author of America and Europe after 

and Iraq: The Great Divide and fellow at the Foreign Policy Association.

April 10 “Small Business in Russia” by Gail Buyske ’76, consultant to the World Bank, EBRD, and USAID.

March 13 “1453: The Fall of Constantinople and Its Impact on Europe” by Nancy Bisaha, associate professor of medieval and Renaissance history, Vassar College. March 17 “Mistakes of Fact and Congressional Authorizations for War” by Laurie Damrosch, Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, Columbia University.

April 13 “Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Guidelines for a New Administration” by William Quandt, Edward R. Stettinus Professor of Government, University of Virginia. April 16 “The Diplomacy of the Future” by Marc Grossman, former under secretary of state for political affairs, U.S Department of State, and former U.S. ambassador to Turkey.

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April 17 “Whither Bioethics? From Relational Ethics to Public Ethics” by Susan Sherwin, University Research Professor, Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University. April 25 “Utopophobia” by David Estlund, professor of philosophy, Brown University. April 28 “The Role of Women as Legislators in the Mexican Congress” by Caroline Beer, associate professor of political science, University of Vermont. April 29 “Homeland Security: A Military or Civilian Responsibility?” by Peter Verga, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and America’s security affairs, U.S. Department of Defense. April 30 Student and faculty presentations about winter term 2008 off-campus courses: Vilnius and Odessa: The Sacred and the Profane in East European Jewry, taught by Michael Katz, Cornelius V. Starr Professor of Russian and East European Studies, and Rabbi Ira Schiffer, associate chaplain; and Ethiopia: Reading Culture, Writing Lives, taught by Claudia Cooper, assistant professor of teacher education and English.

Harvesting Season Huiloq, Peru Photo: Naomi Harper ’08

May 1 “U.S.-Mexico Political Relations” by Jesus SilvaHerzog, former ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. and former ambassador of Mexico to Spain. May 6 “Translating Orhan Pamuk’s The White Castle” by Victoria Holbrook, writer and translator.

Ancient Flower Macchu Pichu, Peru Photo: Dylan Garetz ’08

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hrough the International Studies Colloquium, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community at large gather over lunch to learn about international research activities. Our speakers include Middlebury College faculty and alumni, as well as other scholars and professionals in the international arena. September 14 “The Making of a European Economist” by David Colander, Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics, Middlebury College. September 28 “The Superclass” by David Rothkopf, visiting scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and president and CEO, Garten Rothkopf. October 12 “Religion and American Foreign Policy” by Olin Robison, president emeritus, Middlebury College, and former president, Salzburg Seminar. October 19 “What is Anti-Americanism? The Case of France” by Sophie Meunier, research scholar, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. October 26 “Sociality of Neoliberalism: Affect, Family, and Japanese Youth” by Anne Allison, Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University. November 9 “The Fall of the Berlin Wall 18 Years Later: Lessons from East Central Europe” by Jiri Pehe, director, New York University in Prague. November 16 “Islam Without Fear: Is Conflict with the West Inevitable?” by Raymond Baker, College Professor of International Politics, Trinity College.

November 19 “Children in War: The Context of Northern Uganda” by David Laker, director, Cornerstone Houses, Northern Uganda. November 30 “Shaping the Future: The Need for Global Citizens” by Carol Bellamy, president and CEO, World Learning, and president, School for International Training. January 11 “Empire of the Willing: The Privatization of American Power” by Allison Stanger, director, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, and James Jermain Professor of Political Economy, Middlebury College. January 18 “Private Military Contractors and Risk Transfer Warfare” by Kateri Carmola, Christian A. Johnson Junior Fellow in Political Philosophy, Middlebury College. February 22 “Political Power and Property Rights in Russia’s Regions” by William Pyle, associate professor of economics, Middlebury College. March 7 “The Culture of Food in Rural China” by Ellen Oxfeld, professor of anthropology, Middlebury College. March 10 “The Relevance of Africa in World Affairs” by Errol Henderson, associate professor of political science, Pennsylvania State University. March 14 “Still Broken: A Recruit’s Inside Account of Intelligence Failures from Baghdad to the Pentagon” by Alex Rossmiller ’04, fellow at the National Security Network and former civilian intelligence officer, Defense Intelligence Agency.

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April 4 “The Role of NGOs in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals” by Charles MacCormack ’63, president, CEO, and member of the board of trustees, Save the Children Federation. April 11 “Public Diplomacy and the Challenges of European Power” by Jean-Claude Redonnet, professor emeritus, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, and former director of Middlebury College French School. April 25 “Democracy and Autocracy in Eurasia: Georgia in Transition” by Irakly Areshidze ’00.

Career Conversations


n collaboration with the Career Services Office, the Rohatyn Center hosts informal career conversations, which allow current students to explore a variety of professional opportunities. Our “career conversationalists” address questions such as: s7HATASPECTSOFYOUREDUCATIONWEREMOSTIMPORTANTIN preparing you for the challenges of your position? s7HATARETHEhHOTISSUESvAMONGPROFESSIONALSINYOUR field? s7HATARETHEMOSTIMPORTANTTHINGSSTUDENTSSHOULDTHINK about in contemplating career choices? November 30 Carol Bellamy, president and CEO, World Learning, president, School for International Training, and former executive director, UNICEF. February 27 Jeff Fager, executive producer,  Minutes. March 14 Alex Rossmiller ’04, fellow at the National Security Network, former civilian intelligence officer, Defense Intelligence Agency, and author of Still Broken: A Recruit's Inside Account of Intelligence Failures from Baghdad to the Pentagon. April 4 “Nonprofit and International Development Work” with Charles MacCormack ’63, president, CEO, and member of the board of trustees, Save the Children Federation.

Passing on Life’s Lessons Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Photo: Alex Garlick ’09

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Language, Mind, and Culture


rominent scholars and practitioners in the fields of foreign languages, literatures, and cultures come to campus for the Language, Mind, and Culture series, hosted by the foreign language division and the Rohatyn Center. April 11 “Liberty of Conscience: The Attack on America’s Tradition of Religious Equality” by Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago. April 21 “Baudelaire’s Colonial World” by Françoise Lionnet, professor of French, University of California, Los Angeles. Philosopher Martha Nussbaum

Meet the Press


he Meet the Press lecture series was started in 2004 by author and Scholar in Residence in English Sue Halpern. The lectures are presented under the auspices of the Middlebury College Institute on Working Journalism, a program designed to bring workaday newsmakers—reporters, editors, critics, photojournalists, bloggers, and editorialists—to the Middlebury campus. RCFIA welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on Meet the Press lectures with an international focus.

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October 30 “Iraq’s Elusive Peace: A Reporter’s View from Inside the Green Zone” by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, national editor, The Washington Post, and author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City. February 21 Talk and discussion about the war, politics, and radio journalism with Aditya Mahendra Raval ’98, BBC Baghdad bureau chief. April 15 “Bringing Iraq Back Home” by George Packer, staff writer, The New Yorker, and author of The Assassins’ Gate.

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Symposia and Series


ymposia and Series with an international focus are an enriching part of life at Middlebury. Each year, the Rohatyn Center collaborates with a wide range of College departments and student groups to bring scholars and professionals to campus for in-depth and extended discussions. “Resonance from the Past: African Sculpture from the New Orleans Museum” Middlebury College Museum of Art Exposition Fall 2007 sh"EYONDTHE/BJECT4HE#ONCEPTOF0OWERIN!FRICAN Art” by Rowland Abiodun, John C. Newton Professor of Fine Arts and Black Studies and chair of the fine arts department, Amherst College. sh-IXED-ESSAGES4EXT )MAGE AND)DENTITYINTHE7ORK of Contemporary African Artists” by Elizabeth Harney, assistant professor, Department of Art, University of Toronto. Men against Violence Series (student organized, featuring Middlebury College faculty and staff specialists) October sh0OPULATION#RISISvWITHDavid Horlacher, Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Scholar in Economics, Robert Prasch, associate professor of economics, and Michael Sheridan, assistant professor of anthropology. sh'UYSWITH'UNSvWITHKateri Carmola, Christian A. Johnson Junior Fellow in Political Philosophy, Sujata Moorti, associate professor of women’s and gender studies, and Ellen Oxfeld, professor of sociology and anthropology. sh6IRILE6IRUSESvWITHJyoti Daniere, director of health and wellness education, and Grace Spatafora, professor of biology. “North Korea: Impending Inferno or Smoldering Embers?” (student organized) October sh-AKING3ENSEOFTHE.ORTH+OREAN.UCLEAR Crisis: What We Know, What We Wish We Knew” by David Kang, associate professor of government, Dartmouth College. sh4HE0LIGHTOF.ORTH+OREAN7OMENIN#HINAvBY Peter Beck, executive director, U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.


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sh&AILED$IPLOMACYvBYCharles Pritchard, president, Korea Economic Institute. “Faces behind Human Rights” (student organized) November sh&ROM#RIMESOF(ONORTO%MPOWERMENT Women in Islam” by Rana Husseini, journalist for The Jordan Times. sh3UDANESE2EFUGEESAND(UMAN2IGHTS!&IRSTHAND Account of Life in Refugee Camps and Resettlement in Vermont” by Alex Pial, Sudanese refugee and member of the New Sudan Education Initiative. sh7HERE)'REW5P3TUDENT0ERSPECTIVESON(UMAN Rights” panel discussion with Middlebury College students Shabana Basij-Rasikh ’11 of Afghanistan, Alhaji Jalloh ’11 of Sierra Leone, Saheena Rasheed ’11 of Maldives, and Htar Htar Yu ’08 of Burma. sh(UMAN2IGHTS4HE/FlCIAL0ERSPECTIVEvBYHannah Wu, program planner, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. sh(UMAN2IGHTS!CTIVISM(OW)T%NHANCES One’s Life” by Doan Viet Hoat, a Vietnamese dissident who spent 20 years in prison for criticizing the government and is the recipient of numerous international awards for his efforts to bring democracy to Vietnam. “The Culture and Challenges of Native American and Indigenous Tribes: Past, Present, and Future” (student organized) January sh!BENAKI)DENTITYAND3URVIVALINTHE21st Century” by ethnohistorian John Moody and Donna Moody of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi. sh4HE2ISEAND&ALLOF!NCIENT3OUTH!MERICAN Civilizations” by James Fitzsimmons, assistant professor of anthropology, Middlebury College. sh4HE.ATIVE!MERICAN%NVIRONMENTAL*USTICE Movement” by Darren Ranco, assistant professor of Native American studies and environmental studies, Dartmouth College. sh#HALLENGES&ACING)NDIGENOUS/RGANIZATIONIN.ORTH and South America” by David Stoll, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, Middlebury College.

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“  Political Games: Managing Prosperity, Power, and Social Change on the Eve of the Beijing Games” (student organized) March sh#HINA)S0OLITICAL2EFORM0OSSIBLEvBYJoseph Fewsmith, professor of international relations and political science, Boston University. sh#HINAAND7ORLD!FFAIRSvBYDavid Lampton, George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. “In Their Own Words: Stories from Refugees Settled in Vermont Communities” (student organized) March sh4HE!SSOCIATIONOF!FRICANS,IVINGIN6ERMONT2EFUGEE Resettlement and Its Challenges” by George Wright ’99, director, Association of Africans Living in Vermont. sh)N4HEIR/WN7ORDS2EFUGEES4ELL4HEIR3TORIESOF Displacement and Resettlement in Vermont” with Faustin Nurwabahungu from Burundi, Jean-Luc Dushime from Rwanda, and Cleophace Mukeba from Congo; moderated by Ned Castle, photographer.

Untitled Tanzania Photo Logan Duran ’08

On Dancer! On Prancer! Acrtic Circle, Russia Photo Alexandra Widas ’08

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2007 Clifford Symposium: Islam and Politics in a Globalizing World


he Rohatyn Center hosted the 2007 Nicholas R. Clifford Symposium, “Islam and Politics in a Globalizing World,” on October 4-6. Convened by Assistant Professor of Political Science Quinn Mecham, the symposium featured prominent scholars of Islam and politics. Events included a lecture, panel discussions, a dance performance, and a film. Speakers addressed issues of faith, conflict, human rights, and democracy, and discussed the implications for the future of political Islam in an increasingly interconnected world. The Nicholas R. Clifford Symposium was established by the Middlebury College Board of Trustees in 1993 to honor the distinguished career of Nicholas R. Clifford, Middlebury College professor emeritus of history. He was a member of the Middlebury College history department from 1966 through 1993 and served as vice president for academic affairs on three occasions, from 1979-1985, in 1989, and from 1991-1993. Clifford is a former trustee, and was a co-chair of the College’s bicentennial celebration committee. “What It Means to Be a Muslim” Chair: Middlebury College Instructor in Religion Justin Stearns. Panelists: Middlebury College Islamic Society members and Mahmoud Hayat, Islamic Society of Vermont. Discussant: Anas Malik, assistant professor of political science and sociology, Xavier University.

“Islam, Human Rights, and Democracy” Chair: Quinn Mecham. Panelists: Mirjam Künkler, instructor in Near Eastern studies, Princeton University, and Naz Modirzadeh, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard School of Public Health. Middlebury College Artist in Residence Leyya Tawil, of Syrian-Palestinian descent, performed her solo “Landmine/ Map of the World,” followed by an improvised work with violinist and Palestinian American Mike Khoury. In a follow-up discussion, Tawil addressed the role of contemporary dance in creating and breaking illusions about Middle Eastern women and culture, and Khoury discussed the Arab avant-garde in music.

“When, in a society, the sovereignty belongs to God alone, expressed in its obedience to the Divine Law, only then is every person in that society free from servitude to others, and only then does he taste true freedom.” —Sayyid Qutb, leading intellectual in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, executed in 1966.

“Iraq and the Future of Political Islam” by James Piscatori, professor of Islamic studies, Oxford University. “Why Does Islam Become Politicized?” Chair: Allison Stanger, director, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, and James Jermain Professor of Political Economy, Middlebury College. Panelists: Anas Malik; Andrew March, assistant professor of political science,Yale University; David Patel, assistant professor of Middle Eastern politics, Cornell University; and James Piscatori.

The symposium closed with a screening of Osama, the first Afghan film shot since the fall of the Taliban and winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 2003. Director Siddiq Barmak portrays a young girl and her mother after they lose their hospital jobs under the Taliban. With no men to support them and harsh rules restricting women, the girl disguises herself as a boy named Osama in order to earn a living.

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Executive in Residence


hrough the Executive in Residence Program, distinguished leaders visit the Middlebury College campus to share practical knowledge and insights on current international trends and issues with members of the College community. Executives in residence participate in the stimulating Middlebury College experience by leading policy seminars, conducting career conversations, and meeting with small groups of faculty and students. Each program is tailored to the strengths and experience of the individual leader.

Executive in Residence 2007-2008

Prior to taking his position at Microsoft Japan, Rawding oversaw operations of the Asia Pacific Region, which, in addition to Japan, includes Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Rawding came to Beijing initially in May 1998, assuming responsibility for sales, marketing, and support, in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Rawding’s visit was cosponsored by the Career Services Office, the Office of Environmental Affairs, the Program in Environmental Studies, and the Rohatyn Center. Over two action-packed days, he shared his wealth of experience in both formal and informal sessions:

In October, we welcomed Executive in Residence Michael Rawding ’86, vice president of the Unlimited Potential Public lecture: “Enabling Social and Group at Microsoft Corporation. This Economic Development in the Digital group is charged with spearheading Michael Rawding ’86 Age.” efforts to close the digital divide by creating new products and programs Career conversation: “A Discussion on that will help bring social and economic opportunity to Pursuing a Career in Global Business for Maximum Positive the estimated 5 billion people not yet realizing the benefits Impact.” of technology. Through the expansion of the Microsoft Unlimited Potential program, the company is renewing and Conversation about “Doing Business in China: Lessons accelerating its long-term commitment to use technology, Learned, Milestones Achieved, Future Prospects.” training, and partnerships to transform education, foster local innovation, and enable jobs and opportunities to sustain Classroom visit on “The Role of Business and Technology a continuous cycle of social and economic growth for in Poverty Alleviation and Development” with students everyone. in International Economy: A Policy Approach, taught by In his most recent role, Rawding was the vice president for special projects in Microsoft Corporate Affairs. Before that, he served as corporate vice president of MSN (The Microsoft Network) Global Sales and Marketing. Before joining MSN, Rawding was the president and CEO of Microsoft Japan. There he was responsible for all of Microsoft’s sales, marketing, and support activities in Japan and managing more than 2,000 employees. In 2004, Microsoft recognized his team as Country of the Year.

Thierry Warin, associate professor of economics. Brainstorming about “Cap and Trade at Middlebury” with Jack Byrne, campus sustainability coordinator, and students. Discussion on “Information Technology: Its Direction and Its Impact on Society” with members of Library and Information Services. Conversation with student members of the Roosevelt Institution.

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International Research Travel Grants


iddlebury students preparing to write senior theses can receive generous support for their international research through the Rohatyn Center’s International Research Travel Grant program. Students from any discipline or program whose proposed project is international in its orientation are eligible to apply. Funding is provided by the Rohatyn Center, and the RCFIA Advisory Committee selects the awardees. Three grants were awarded to fund research abroad during the summer of 2008: Abigail Blum, a political science major and African studies minor, will investigate the South African Constitutional Court and the implementation of rulings dealing with the expansion of human rights. Nicole Conti, an art history major, will explore Hieronymous Bosch’s triptych The Temptation of Saint Anthony (c.1500; Museo National de Arte Antiga, Lisbon), as a healing altarpiece.

Sage Bierster ’08, recipient of a RCFIA grant in ’07, and Pedro, one of the young men who lived at Casa Dom Bosco, are on the bonde de Santa Teresa, a trolley in the center of downtown Rio de Janeiro that climbs into a historic neighborhood near the shelter.

Ria Shroff, Spanish major, will examine the mythical cult status of Eva Peron and the importance it retains for the current generation of Argentines.

2007 grant winner Amanda Goodwin ’08 in Putney, London—the Putney Bridge is in the background.


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Talia Lincoln ’08 (left), winner of a travel grant in ’07, and Palang women in Chiang Rai, Thailand, discussing the Upland Holistic Development Project’s women’s work program.

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International Thesis Forum


iddlebury seniors showcase their international research before an audience of faculty, staff, and students at the Rohatyn Center’s annual International Thesis Forum. Although the students may be majors in any department or program, their work must be on an international topic. The result is a rich array of internationally oriented honors theses. Many of the students studied abroad, and their research was greatly informed by that experience and their foreign-language competence. Andrew Amstutz, history and Italian double major, studied abroad in Italy: “Transformations in Islamic Ideology: Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan and India.”

Amy Beck, international studies major, winner of 2008 International Studies Award, studied abroad in Argentina: “El legado de Tupak Katari.”

Seniors Morgan Heysse, Andrew Goodwin, Kelsey Nykiel-Bub, Jeffrey Walker, Talia Lincoln, and Eric Lonstein.

Sage Bierster, international studies major, recipient of 2007 RCFIA International Research Travel Grant, studied abroad in Brazil: “Os Meninos da Casa Dom Bosco: Coming of Age in a Shelter.” Alexandra Coleman, international studies major, studied abroad in Spain: “The Spanish Response to the Madrid Train Bombings of March 2004: Counterterrorism and Immigrant Integration Policy.” Aaron Colodny, political science major, studied abroad in England: “The Strength of Judicial Activism in the European Union.” Shannon Donegan, economics major, studied abroad in Australia: “Does Food Aid Work? An Evaluation of the Effects of Two Child Health and Nutrition Programs in Rural Haiti.” Rachel Furman, history major, studied abroad in Scotland: “The Influence of the Popular Media on Jewish Refugee Admittance in Britain and Ireland.” Joseph Giacomelli, geography and history joint major, studied abroad in Italy: “Fascist Cartography: Mario Morandi’s Sintesi Geopolitiche (1939-1942).”

Seniors Aaron Colodny, Naomi Harper, Rachel Furman, Alexandra Coleman, and Amanda Goodwin. Inset: Senior Dylan Wajda-Levie. Photos: Carolann Davis

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Elizabeth Huntley, international studies major, studied abroad in Syria: “Washing Away the Shame: Tracing the Evolution of Law and Social Discourse of Honor-Based Gender Violence in Syria.” Dana Isaac, sociology/anthropology major, studied abroad in Italy: “Man is the Remedy of Man. The Disconnect Between the United Nations Development Goals and Sengalese Society.” Olivia Kenna, political science major, studied abroad in Argentina: “The Third Wave of Transitional Justice in Argentina.”

Seniors Alexandra Widas, Ryan Gillette, Shannon Donegan, Douglas McRae, Amy Beck, Joel Simpson, and Olivia Kenna. Photo: Carolann Davis

Ryan Gillette, economics and Russian double major, studied abroad in Russia: “The Effect of Bureaucracy on Corruption: Evidence from the Russian Federation.” Amanda Goodwin, political science major, recipient of 2007 RCFIA International Research Travel Grant, studied abroad in England: “Ethnic Minority Voting Behavior Explained: Resources, Mobilization, and Motivation in Context of the 2005 British Election.”

Talia Lincoln, sociology/anthropology major, recipient of 2007 RCFIA International Research Travel Grant, studied abroad in Thailand: “Non-Governmental Organizations in Northern Thailand.” Bryce Loidolt, international studies major, studied abroad in Egypt: “Power through Participation? The Muslim Brotherhood’s Involvement in Egyptian Participatory Politics.” Eric Lonstein, international politics and economics major, winner of 2008 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics, studied abroad in China: “The Markets and Media in China: An Event Study.”

Andrew Goodwin, political science major, studied abroad in China: “The Economic Logic of Political Reform in China.” Jessica Haber, religion major, studied abroad in New Zealand: “Visiting the Prophet Samuel Today: Comparing Jewish and Muslim Experiences.” Naomi Harper, English and Spanish joint major, studied abroad in Peru: “La Gringa Sabe Español: Poems That Speak Across Boundaries.” Morgan Heysse, Japanese major, studied abroad in Japan: “Death’s Panorama: Japanese Families, Physicians, and Patients’ Roles in End-of-Life Care and Their Impact on Informed Consent.”

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Seniors Joseph Giacomelli, Donald Stuart, Bethany Stipe, Jamie Zug, Sarah Nelson, and Dana Isaac. Photo: Martha Baldwin

Bethany Stipe, international studies major, studied abroad in Egypt: “Purpose in Displacement: Sudanese Youth Engaging Christianity in Cairo.” Donald Stuart, psychology and religion double major, studied abroad in South Africa: “‘I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.’ The Prosperity Gospel in the South African Context.’” Dylan Wajda-Levie, German major, studied abroad in Argentina and Germany: “Representations of German National Identities during the Soccer World Cup in 2006.” Jeffrey Walker, Japanese major, studied abroad in Japan: “Machida Kou and the Punk Rock Literature of Japan’s New Poverty.” Seniors Theodore May, Andrew Amstutz, Jessica Haber, Bryce Loidolt, Elizabeth Huntley, and Christopher Rominger. Photo: Carolann Davis

Alexandra Widas, international studies major, studied abroad in Russia: “Energy Resources: Roots of Russian Power.”

Theodore May, history major, studied abroad in Egypt: “In Search of an Identity: Shi’a Political Mobilization in Modern Lebanese History.”

Jamie Zug, international studies major, studied abroad in Tanzania: “Mission Mistake or Future of the Faith? Africa in the Anglican Crisis.”

Douglas McRae, international studies major, studied abroad in Mexico: “José Vasconcelos’s La Raza Cósmica and the Formation of Chicano Transnational Identity.” Sarah Nelson, international studies major, studied abroad in Senegal: “Vers une théologie sous l’arbre: Beyond Authenticity and Africanization in Jean-Marc Éla’s Liberation Theology.” Kelsey Nykiel-Bub, Japanese major, studied abroad in Japan: “Socialization of the Child in the Early Education Systems of Japan and the United States Focusing on the Japanese Concept of Amae.” Christopher Rominger, history major: “Al-Nahda in the Middle East: Common Ground in the Struggle for Modernity.” Joel Simpson, international studies major, studied abroad in Chile: “Toqui Caupolicán: a Historiographical Analysis of the Mapuche Warrior’s Life in Pablo Neruda’s Canto General.”

Millions of girls, unable to do so under the fundamentalist Taliban regime, return to school in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

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International Thesis Awards


he Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics was originally established by the Geonomics Institute and is awarded for the best senior thesis in international politics and economics.

2008 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics Eric Lonstein, international politics and economics major: “The Markets and the Media in China: An Event Study.”

Erik Lonstein (center), with thesis adviser Associate Professor of Economics William Pyle, Rohatyn Center Director Allison Stanger, and thesis readers IPE Director Thierry Warin and Assistant Professor of Political Science Ashley Esarey.

Eric used event-study methodology to determine the connection between Chinese media reports on listed A-share companies and the movement of equity prices on the Chinese stock exchanges. In particular, he studied three sources, the st Century Business Herald, Guangzhou Daily, and Daitou Dage Investment Blog, and found that stock recommendations from the blog had the greatest impact on firm-level equity prices.


he International Studies Award is given annually to the best senior honors thesis in international studies, broadly conceived. Candidates for the prize may come from any major at the College, provided the thesis work is international in orientation. The thesis may be written in English or in a foreign language.

2008 International Studies Award Amy Beck, international studies major: “El Legado de Tupak Katari (The Legacy of Tupak Katari).” Amy Beck (center) with Rohatyn Center Director Allison Stanger; thesis adviser,Visiting Lecturer in Spanish Ricardo Chavez-Castañeda; thesis reader, Director of LAS Gloria Gonzaléz-Zenteno; and Director of IS Ian Barrow. Photos: Carolann Davis


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Amy wrote a 170-page novel of historical fiction in Spanish. It follows the experience of a California journalist in Bolivia from 2000 to 2003. These three years were full of political upheaval and social movements against foreign exploitation and neoliberalism. The novel elucidates the road toward Evo Morales and socialism.

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Student Internships


hile studying abroad, Middlebury students often pursue internships in such diverse fields as diplomacy, international finance, law, environmental policy, economic development, journalism, cinema, and fashion. These internships provide extraordinary opportunities for students to enhance their cultural and language learning. Middlebury students may also engage in internships over winter term or during the summer, before or after a study abroad program. The Digel Family Fund is a source of funding for international internships; students who have significant financial need and want to pursue community service internships outside their home country are selected for support through a competitive process. In addition, the Ronald H. Brown Class of 1962 Endowment, the Felton Family Fund, the Mahoney Family Internship Fund, the Middlebury Arts Council Internship Fund, the Youngman Asian Internship Fund, the Middlebury Nature Conservancy Internship Fund, and the Louis J. Kutzner ’51 Summer Internship Fund provide funding for unpaid international and domestic internships for students, who are selected through a competitive process. These summer internships are noncredit, but students may receive a transcript notation for having completed a summer internship.

RCFIA Internships in Middlebury Academic Year 2007-2008 Fernando Aragon ’09 Caitlin Arnold ’11 Brian Fung ’10 Eric Harvey ’09 Ioana Literat ’09 Vrutika Mody ’10 Ria Shroff ’09 Summer 2008 John Patrick Allen ’11 Caitlin Arnold ’11 Shu Wei ’10

Sponsored by the Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke Trust, the College offers credit-bearing internships for Middlebury students at the C.V. StarrMiddlebury Schools Abroad. In addition, noncredit internships are offered for Middlebury and non-Middlebury students in our programs abroad.

RCFIA interns (front row) Shu Wei ’10, Caitlin Arnold ’11, Ria Shroff ’09, John Patrick Allen ’11, (back row) Brian Fung ’10, and Vrutika Mody ’10. Photo: Carolann Davis

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Overseas Internships  

Tucumán, Argentina Joleen Soares: Ingenio La Florida

Buenos Aires, Argentina Mario Ariza: Hogar San José Obrero Aylie Baker: Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo Alexandra Blaney: Centro FECA Derek Buchner: Cooperativa El Ceibo Maji Chien: Ecoclubes Julia Deixler: Fundación Rozenblum Julis Deixler: LIFE Argentina Brendan Deiz: Centro Conviven Hannah Epelbaum: Centro Feca Ellen Flanagan: Maternidad Sardá Laura Frischer: Fundación Huésped Pujan Gandhi: Proyectarte Alex Gart: Ashoka Maribel González: Centro para la Estabilidad Financiera Priscilla Hernandez: Idealistas Rachel Korschun: Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina Caitlin Krier: GCBA-Dirección de la Mujer Maya Kushmaul: Asociación Responde Katherine Lehman: Maternidad Sardá Jessica Lehner: Asociación Responde Micah Macfarlane: Asociación Conciencia Patrick Martínez: Ecoclubes Jonathan Mazumdar: Centro para la Estabilidad Financiera Sabrina McNew: Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina Olivia Minkhorst: Maternidad Sardá Forrest Orme: Ecoclubes Lilith Reed: Asociación Responde Alaina Robertson: LIFE Argentina Jennifer Rojas: Asociación Conciencia Grace Rumford: Asociación Responde Nichole Runge: LIFE Argentina Víctor Sanabria: Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo Ari Silverman: LIFE Argentina Kaitlin Swarts: Hogar San José Obrero Jake Wexler: Asociación Conciencia Alex White: Hogar San José Obrero

Florianópolis, Brazil Jennifer Brennes:Voluntarios em Açao Niteroi, Brazil Ruby Bolster: Baia de Guanabara Eliza Herron Sweet: Legiao da Boa Vontade Concepción, Chile Karlye Wisdom: Consultorio Villa Nonguén La Serena, Chile Adele Plunkett: Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory Garrett Reynolds: Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory Santiago, Chile Kelly Nichols: Hospital Luis Calvo Mackenna Kate Scanlan: Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes

Resting at Angkor Wat Siem Reap, Cambodia Photo: Olivia Lew ’08

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he College’s extensive overseas network makes international internships possible. The following individuals have been instrumental in organizing and overseeing the 2007-2008 internship program.

Temuco, Chile Maggie Mayer: Instituto de Estudios Indígenas

China Tao Hong, Academic Director Jeremy Friedlein, Resident Director Lu Bin, Program Consultant

Valdivia, Chile Rachel Barber: Centro de Educación Continua Cassidy D’Aloia: Centro de Estudios Agrarios y Ambientales Christopher Hassig: Escuela Francia

France David Paoli, Associate Professor and Director Danielle Lacarriere, Student Life Coordinator Marie-Madeleine Charlier, Academic Coordinator Viviana Lopez, Program Assistant

Valparaíso, Chile Sarah Eckhardt: Corporación Municipal Viña del Mar John Fauver: Liceo Pedro Montt Alexandra Garfield: Design for Valparaíso Alethea Gross: Escuela Pedro Montt Jennifer Katz: Colegio Jorge Williams Molly Lohman: Corporación Municipal Viña del Mar Louisa Michl: Colegio Jorge Williams Hilary Mislan: Corporación Municipal de Valparaíso para el Desarrollo Social Maxwell Rosen-Long: Colegio Jorge Williams Emily Sipchen: Un Techo Para Chile David Small: Escuela República de Paraguay Nicholas Spengler: Colegio Sagrado Corazones Melina Ward: Corporación Municipal Viña del Mar Ashleigh Weissman: Corporación Municipal Viña del Mar

Germany Heike Fahrenberg, Associate Professor and Director

Hangzou, China Hannah Bolder: Beike Biotech, Zhejiang Xiaoshan Hospital

Spain Kim Griffin, Associate Professor and Director Lena Santillana, Assistant to the Director Laura Hernández, Housing General Administration Teresa Córdova Dexter, Coordinator for Student and Faculty Cooperative Development Gabriel Guillen Peña, Coordinator for Student Affairs and Integration

Paris, France Ethan Abensohn: EPITECH Antonio Aransaenz: Ministère de l’intérieur May Basse: EPITECH Meredith Batastini: Fairchild Publications David Birr: Kaplan Aspect Janine Buzali: EPITECH Carola Cassaro: KBEY and Partners Allison Conley: French Heritage Society Allison Conley: Fairchild Publications Marianna DiMeo: EPITECH Sarah Emmons: “Langue et Nature” au château “la Masure” Justin Gibson: EPITECH Lisa Haubenstock: Fairchild Publications

Italy Rosa Cuda, Associate Professor and Director Patrizia Nesti, Assistant to the Director Laura Sieni, Office Assistant Latin America Claudio González Chiaramonte, Associate Professor and Director (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay) Maria Marta Gabriela Lamoretti, Program Coordinator (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay) Jeffrey Stevenson, Associate Professor and Director (Chile, Mexico) Paula Gonzalez, Secretary (Chile, Mexico) Russia Nana Tsikhelashvili, Associate Professor and Director Simone Bonneville, Assistant Director Elizabeth Kruger, Resident Coordinator, Irkutsk Megan Corrigan, Resident Coordinator, Yaroslavl Karen Anderson, Resident Coordinator, Moscow

International Programs and Off-Campus Study, Middlebury Jeffrey Cason, Dean of International Programs Liz Ross, Associate Director Stacey Woody Thebodo, Assistant Director (non-Middlebury programs) Lindsay Dobucki, Coordinator (Middlebury Schools Abroad: France, Germany, Italy) Nicole Chance, Coordinator (Middlebury Schools Abroad: Latin America, Spain) William Mayers, Coordinator (Middlebury Schools Abroad: China, Egypt, Russia) Terry Crouch, University Relations Coordinator Christie Jones, Program Assistant

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Claire Keichel: Association pour les Etudes de la Resistance Interieur Jennifer Kurland: Ni Putes Ni Soumises Andrew Kushner: Eurochips, Relais Enfants-Parents Caroline Mannaerts: EPITECH Caroline Mannaerts: “Langue et Nature” au château “la Masure” Dana McLaughlin: Ecole alsacienne Virginia McLure: EPITECH Kelsey Nelson: Galerie Maeght Zura Nukusheva: Infusio Zura Nukusheva: Fairchild Publications Caley O’Neil: Fairchild Publications Sarah Parker: EPITECH Shriti Rath: Fairchild Publications Claudia Sanchez: EPITECH Emilie Thompson: Deutsche Bank Renee Walsh: Fairchild Publications Berlin, Germany Kevin Ng: State Parliament Berlin Anna Whittington: State Parliament Berlin Mainz, Germany Stephanie Bagley: Gutenberg Printing Shop Ferrara, Italy Katherine Glass: Scuola Elementare “Bombonati” Scott Gratton: IBO Italia Marie Horbar: Istituto di Storia Contemporanea Molley Kaiyoorawongs: Scuola Elementare “Bombonati” Ann McGrane: Istituto di Storia Contemporanea Rebecca Swartz: Laboratorio di Bio-chimica, Università di Ferrara Juana Thomas: Centro Ricerca sull’economia e management della salute, Facoltà di Economica, Università di Ferrara Juana Thomas: Studio sul controllo della spesa farmaceutica, Dipartimento di Farmacia, Università di Ferrara Michael Vanacore: Associazione DiDò

Florence, Italy Kendra Boothe: Open Up Consulting Melissa Chavez: Equilibri Mary Chiles: Scuola Elementare “Bagno a Ripoli” Emily Comisar: Open Up Consulting Gwendolyn Gurley: American Consulate in Florence Anna Love: Comune di Firenze, Ufficio Centro Storico –UNESCO Nicole Robinson: Open Up Consulting Nina Spadafore: Vista Alexandra Taylor: Laboratorio di Bio-chimica, Università di Firenze Elizabeth Zevallos: Comune di Firenze, Ufficio Centro Storico–UNESCO Guadalajara, Mexico Hannah Cole-Chu: Instituto Mexicano para el Desarrollo Comunitario Lydia Finn: Kínder 66 Emma Friedland: CAMPO Sandra Hamada: Asociación Jalisciense de Apoyo a los Grupos Indígenas Mung Tsang: American Chamber of Commerce Emma Weisser: Luvina Xalapa, Mexico Maya Craig: Museo de Antropología de Xalapa Sarah Tucker: Movimiento de Apoyo al Niño Trabajador y de la Calle Irkutsk, Russia Adrienne Lee: Women’s Crisis Center Daniel Langfitt: BaikalWave Ilana Lohr-Schmidt: Russian Red Cross Moscow, Russia Alisa Ballard: Nicholas Roerich Museum Marisa Kaley: New York Times Angela Nelson: New York Times Katherine Peisker: Carnegie Moscow Center Anna Whittington: Demos Center

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Yaroslavl, Russia Sarah Bidgood:YMCA Emily Ewers:Yaroslavl State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum Abby Mayer: School Number 4 Córdoba, Spain Elisabeth McMorris: Sotheby’s y Asociados Dorothy Mitchell: Córdoba ACOGE Getafe, Spain Miles Barnett: MITA Rodrigo Dominguez: Commercial Office of the Australian Embassy Hiba Fakhoury: Embassy of Jordan Sara Huddleston: American Express Antoinette Rangel: Partido Socialista Obrero Español Lauren Santabar: INCIPE Frazar Thomas: Colegio La Salle

Madrid, Spain Ibrahim Al-Amin: Insiders Corp Nadine Eliya: Biblioketa Nadine Eliya: Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales Ashley Leman: Biblioketa Arel Oran: Colegio La Salle Elizabeth Padden: Colegio Isabel la Católica Amy Tobin: Colegio Nervión Miranda Tsang: E-Things Erin Zabucovec: Colegio Agustin Rodriguez Sahagún Five students enrolled in the graduate course on language acquisition, volunteered as native informants and assistants in English language classes in bilingual schools. Montevideo, Uruguay Kathleen Adams: Saludarte Farhan Ahmed: Amnesty International Luisa Covaria: El Abrojo Waylon D’Mello: La Vorágine Films Lacey Elmore: Casa de la Mujer Eric Harvey: Red Mercosur Ioana Literat: Saludarte Jeremy Martin: Brecha Sara Skvirsky: Arco Iris Katherine Washburn: Gurises Unidos Josh Wessler: Arco Iris

Greece Sanctuary Santorini, Greece Chelsea Minton ’ 09

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Working Paper Series


he RCFIA Working Paper Series publishes analytical papers on international matters, broadly defined. By publishing the works of scholars and practitioners from a range of institutions, the series aims to invigorate research and intellectual life at the College and beyond. All prospective papers are reviewed, double-blind, by an outside reader. Each publication in the series is available electronically through the Web site listed below, or as a bound volume upon request from RCFIA. Allison Stanger is the executive editor of the series; Mark Williams is the editor. For further information on the RCFIA Working Paper Series and procedures for submission of potential papers, see papers.

RCFIA Working Papers Andrew J. Bacevich (Boston University), “After Iraq: Whither U.S. Strategy?” (2008). K. Cheasty Miller (University of Texas at Austin), “In the Name of the People? A Closer Look at Politicized Documentary Filmmaking: The Case of El Salvador” (2007). John A. Maluccio (Middlebury College), “Coping with the Coffee Crisis in Central America: The Role of the Nicaraguan Red de Proteccion Social” (2007). João Resende-Santos (Bentley College), “Brazil’s China Card: Trends and Prospects in Brazil-China Relations” (2007).


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William Odom (Yale University and the Hudson Institute), “American Hegemony: How to Use It, How to Lose It” (2006). William Pyle (Middlebury College), “Collective Action and Post-Communist Enterprise: The Economic Logic of Russia’s Business Associations” (2006). Kenneth D. Wald and Bryan D. Williams (University of Florida), “The Diaspora Consciousness of Arab Americans: The Intersection of Social Identity and Global Politics” (2005). Richard Goldstone (Harvard Law School), “The Development of International Criminal Justice” (2005). Deborah Gerish (Emporia State University), “Men, Women, and Beasts at Clermont, 1095” (2005). Thomas Oatley (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “A Political Logic of Foreign Debt Accumulation” (2005). Taylor Fravel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “China’s New Diplomacy and the Future of U.S.—China Relations” (2005). Michael Ignatieff (Harvard University), “The Lesser Evils.” (2005).

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Charles MacCormack (Save the Children), “The Politics of Humanitarian Relief after 9/11” (2004).

Felix G. Rohatyn (Rohatyn Associates), “Freedom, Fairness, and Wealth” (2002).

David Stoll (Middlebury College), “Moral Authority, Permission, and Deference in Latin American Studies” (2004).

Jean-Philippe Mathy (University of Illinois), “The System of Francophobia” (2002).

Andrew Heyward (CBS News), “Why Television News Is the Way It Is, and Is Not the Way You’d Like It to Be (And Why You Should Care)” (2004). Ellen Oxfeld (Middlebury College), “The Man Who Sold the Collective’s Land: Understanding New Economic Regimes in Guangdong” (2004). Jonathan Isham (Middlebury College), Michael Woolcock (World Bank and Harvard University), Lant Pritchett (Harvard University), and Gwen Busby (Cornell University), “The Varieties of Resource Experience: How Natural Resource Export Structures Affect the Political Economy of Economic Growth” (2004).

Russell J. Leng and Adil Husain ’02 (Middlebury College), “South Asian War Games” (2002). Carolyn Durham (The College of Wooster), “The FrancoAmerican Novel of Literary Globalism: The Case of Diane Johnson” (2002). Jeffrey Carpenter (Middlebury College) and Juan Camilo Cardenas (Javeriana University, Colombia), “Using CrossCultural Experiments to Understand the Dynamics of a Global Commons” (2002). Stanley Hoffmann (Harvard University), “The European Union and the New American Foreign Policy” (2001).

James E. Lindsay (Colorado State University), “Ibn’Asakir (1105-1176): Muslim Historian and Advocate of Jihad against Christian Crusaders and Shi’ite Muslims” (2003). Yvonne Galligan (Queens University, Belfast), “Women in Politics in Ireland, North and South” (2003). Ethan Scheiner (Stanford University), “The Underlying Roots of Opposition Failure in Japan” (2003). Neil DeVotta (Michigan State University), “Uncivil Groups, Unsocial Capital: Whither Civil Society and Liberal Democracy in Sri Lanka?” (2003). Erik Bleich (Middlebury College), “The Legacies of History? From Colonization to Integration in Britain and France” (2002). The Baobab Grove Morondava, Madagascar Photo: Emily Block ’08

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Selected Faculty Books   Alvarez, Julia. Once Upon A QuinceaĂąera: Coming of Age in the USA. Viking Publishers. Barrow, Ian. Surveying and Mapping in Colonial Sri Lanka. Oxford University Press.

Victorian Literature. Ohio State University Press. Rochford, Burke. Hare Krishna Transformed. New York University Press.

Billings, Timothy. Stèles. Wesleyan University Press. (Translator)

Sheridan, Michael J. African Sacred Groves: Ecological Dynamics and Social Change. Ohio University Press. (Coeditor)

Burnham, Louisa A. So Great a Light, So Great a Smoke:The Beguin Heretics of Languedoc. Cornell University Press.

Siddiqi, Yumna. Anxieties of Empire and the Fiction of Intrigue. Columbia University Press.

Beyer, Thomas.  Russian Verbs, Fully Conjugated. Third revised and expanded edition. Barron’s.

Snyder, Stephen B. Diving Pool. Picador. (Translator) Rivalry: A Geisha’s Tale. Columbia University. (Translator)

Chaplin, Jane. Rome’s Mediterranean Empire, Livy Books   and the Periochae. Oxford University Press. (Translator)

Wolfson, Richard. Energy, Environment, and Climate. W.W. Norton.

Davis, DariĂŠn J. A Companion to U.S. Latino Literatures. Boydell and Brewer. (Coeditor) Ganiban, Randall. Vergil: Aeneid, Book : Inscriptions and GrafďŹ ti for Students of Latin. Focus Publishing. (Editor) Hanta, Karin. Reise durch Argentinien. StĂźrtz Verlag. Zeit fĂźr. London. Bruckman Verlag. Isham, Jon. Ignition:What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement. Island Press. (Coeditor) Klyza, Christopher McGrory. American Environmental Policy,   : Beyond Gridlock. MIT Press. Knowles, Anne Kelly. Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship. ESRI Press. Losano, Antonia. The Woman Painter in


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Caravan of His Beloved Desert near Merzouga, Morocco Photo: Kyle Alden ’09

Annual Report 2007-2008

Alexandra Widas ’  traveled above the Arctic Circle during her junior year abroad at the C.V. Starr Middlebury College School in Russia.

My Journey Has Just Begun Legend has it that if you tour a college on a beautiful sunny day, you’re more likely to apply to that college. The day I toured Middlebury I experienced some typical Vermont weather: heavy fog, wind, and 40 degrees. In May. I loved Middlebury anyway. The combination of language possibilities and an international focus drew me to the College, and I was accepted early decision. I have not regretted my choice once. The people in Middlebury—the College and the town—make Middlebury what it is. I found that most Middlebury students are extremely passionate about both academics and outside activities, and hold an equivalent level of enthusiasm for sharing those activities with everyone who expresses an interest. I think this willingness to share makes the best kind of community, and the Rohatyn Center is at the heart of the community of students, faculty, and staff with an interest in international affairs. I began studying Russian my freshman year, largely as an accident. I didn’t dream that my desire to take a language with a different alphabet would send me to Russian Language School and then to Russia for a year: first to Irkutsk, in Siberia, and then to Moscow.

While in Moscow, I interned at the Carnegie Center for International Peace, furthering my interest in international relations and foreign policy. My choice of languages also framed my major, as I graduated an international studies major with concentrations in political science and Russian. My senior thesis reflected this decision, as I wrote about the role of oil and gas in Russian foreign policy. My interest in international affairs was also furthered by internships with the Rohatyn Center over two summers and one J-term, as I did research for and edited Professor Allison Stanger’s book on the privatization of American foreign policy. This experience helped me to grow as a student and to improve my own work. All the disparate elements of my Middlebury career have contributed to who I am today. My interest in languages continues, and this summer I am studying Arabic at Yale University. In August, I start a master’s program at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, focusing on international policy and security. —Alexandra Widas ’08

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RCFIA Annual Report 2007-2008