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CCSRE Life Stories: Pieter Broucke

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity. In his interview, Pieter Broucke talks about how he came to the United States from Belgium as a graduate student, his early dislike of Middlebury that changed to a realization of the richness of life here with his family, colleagues and the multitude of events; how as Director for the Arts, he has pushed for broadening the scope teaching the arts from a Western to a global perspective, his international experiences and travels and visits with multilingual, European extended family and friends.

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Pieter Broucke

Professor of History of Art and Architecture; Associate Curator of Ancient Art

Adam Sawamura, interviewer

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CCSRE Life Stories Project: Arthur Choo

Learn more about the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity  at Middlebury College.

“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity. In his interview, Arthur Choo talks about the “global community” ideal in higher education, the experience of activism while being an ethnic minority, how an individual’s idea of race affects their perception of self, the effect of political correctness on classroom discussions, the humor of stereotypes, the difference between the ideal of diversity and the reality in the dining halls, combating the feeling of exclusivity in the Korean American Student Association, and the paradox of the success of minority students.

People

Arthur Choo
Sociology Major at Middlebury College

Susan Burch
Associate Professor of American Studies; Director, CCSRE; Head of Life Stories project

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