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CCSRE Life Stories: Marion Wells

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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 her interview, Marion Wells speaks about the assumptions people make because of her British accent, the difficulties of preparing to apply to Oxford as a teenager, the diversity and geographic distances experienced within her own family, her practice of Zen Buddhism and how this personal history helps her to keep her mind open to others.

 

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Marion Wells

Associate Professor of English and American Literatures

Susan Burch

Associate Professor of American Studies

 

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CCSRE Life Stories: Jonathan Dow

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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, Jonathan Dow, who works in Dining Services, gives the viewer a sense of  the nature of the food service at Middlebury College, where his father worked as well; he believes that everyone has the experience of relying on others for service and that the most important thing is to be positive, whether it is just being friendly or making someone’s job just a little easier.

 

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Jonathan Dow

Dana Yeaton

 

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CCSRE Life Stories: Elizabeth Morrison

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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 her interview, Elizabeth Morrison , who teaches East Asian religion, talks about the connections she hopes to make with the students, whether it is creating an atmosphere of affirmation for students of Asian background or bringing more awareness of religious beliefs and practices to Americans, Africans, or others, and also to invite discussions that can break open some of the tightly held views that people hold  of others’ religions.

 

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Elizabeth Morrison

Associate Professor of Religion

Danny Loehr

 

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CCSRE Life Stories: Jonathan Miller-Lane

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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, Jonathan Miller-Lane, an education studies professor and Aikido instructor, compares liberal arts and martial arts and the depth of study that both of these require; he would like people to substitute the word ‘busy’ for ‘mindless’; he thinks Middlebury is at an interesting crossroads with regard to the diversity of its community, not because it is not diverse enough, but that it is time to stop saying that we are not talking about it (race or sexuality) and create more opportunities  and invitations do things with others who are not like ourselves; he wants his students to ask themselves a different question than what do I want to do or achieve, but what am I doing here and what do I want to care for?

 

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Jonathan Miller-Lane

Associate Professor of Education Studies

Gabby Arca, interviewer

 

 

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CCSRE Life Stories: Mukui Mbindyo

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 her interview, Mukui Mbindyo describes her experience as a woman of color in Houston, Texas and then after high school, at Middlebury College, where she felt visible as a minority student, but invisible because she did not meet the standards of beauty of the college.  As a result of her discomfort with Middlebury’s culture, she became much more political, putting her energy in to feminist issues and social justice on campus.

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Mukui Mbindyo

Susan Burch

Associate Professor of American Studies; Head of Life Stories project

 

 

 

 

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CCSRE Life Stories: Chris de la Cruz

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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,  Chris de la Cruz talks about growing up in Dayton, Ohio and his experience at Middlebury, where he has never felt that his ethnicity has been an issue in connecting with others on campus, how he relates to others has to do with a vibe and the search for home, and being with others who can elicit the feeling of home.

 

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Chris de la Cruz

Paige Keren

 

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CCSRE Life Stories: Vedika Khanna

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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 her interview, Vedika Khana describes her experience growing up abroad, including South Korea, Vietnam and Dubai, coming to Middlebury College as a first year international student  but making an effort to reconnect with her American roots, and how she struggles to answer the question ‘where are you from?’ ; she concludes that a sense of place and adapting to where you are is key.

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Vedika Khanna

Dan Egol

 

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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: Penny Campbell

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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 her interview,  Penny Campbell talks about the circuitous route she took to Middlebury, from Bennington College where she became inspired to pursue improvisational dance, to bus driving and protesting in Burlington, living and dancing in Japan, gathering all the dancers in Vermont and finally becoming part of the Dance faculty at Middlebury.  Over the years she has learned Spanish, traveled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic; improvisational dance has its root in Black and African culture – hip hop in particular influences modern dance and that is where her interests lie.

 

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Penny Campbell

Senior Lecturer in Dance

Antonia Losano

Associate Professor of English and American Literatures

 

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CCSRE Life Stories: Priscilla Bremser

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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 her interview, Priscilla Bremser discusses her choice to work at Middlebury, where she found a supportive environment to balance family and work, the challenges of working in a male dominated profession, and handling violations of the ethics code.

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Priscilla Bremser

Nathan Beman Professor of Mathematics

Kiya Vega-Hutchens

Interviewer

 

 

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