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Welcome to Almuni College 2021!

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Thursday August 26
The artists of the so-called Dutch “Golden Age”—Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and many others—are best known for their portraits of wealthy Dutch burghers, landscapes of the local countryside, and scenes of domestic merrymaking. The widespread popularity of images of local people and places, however, obscures the significant global activities of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century. With the increasing profits made by the Dutch East and West India Companies (founded in 1602 and 1621, respectively), trading hubs like New Amsterdam (New York City), Mauritsstad (Recife, Brazil), Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia), Elmina (Ghana), and Willemstad (Curaçao) became central nodes in an expansive global trade network. In these regions, Dutch merchants traded European goods for local commodities like beaver pelts, textiles, spices, ivory, and gold. They also oversaw the cultivation of sugar (in Brazil) and nutmeg (in Indonesia), both of which depended upon the labor of enslaved people—a trade with which the Dutch were also intimately involved. This course will consider how global trade shaped artistic production in the Dutch Republic and its colonies. We will examine works in a range of media—including paintings, prints, books, textiles, and ceramics—that pictured and mediated diplomatic, social, and economic negotiations between the nascent Dutch Republic and the cultures it encountered across the globe. In addition to classroom discussions, we will take a field trip to Middlebury College Special Collections, where we will look at a number of 17th-century printed images, including maps and illustrated travel books.
Sold Out
I’m sorry but this course is full. Please take a look at the other available Alumni College course descriptions and select one that you would like to attend. If you have questions, please contact the Alumni Office at alumni@middlebury.edu or (802) 443-5183.
Thursday August 26
Do we have a “right” to health care? How should a moral society define “death with dignity”? What is the proper balance between individual liberty and the common good, when our medical choices potentially conflict with health needs in the broader society? This course offers an introduction to medical ethics, the field that addresses moral questions like these related to health care. We will begin with a brief history of modern Western medical ethics, identifying foundational norms that are now widely accepted in U.S. health care and the significant events that prompted their development. Then we will use these norms to evaluate a wide range of private medical decisions and public health issues, including end-of-life choices, healthcare access, organ donation, and our obligations in medical emergencies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own questions and experiences as together we develop deeper skills in ethical reasoning about health care.
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Price
$625.00
Wednesday arrivals - 3:00–11:00 PM Wednesday Early Housing Check-In—Bread Loaf Inn, Front Desk. We do not provide dinner.
 
$565.00
 
$465.00
 
$570.00
Wednesday arrivals - 3:00–11:00 PM Wednesday Early Housing Check-In—Bread Loaf Inn, Front Desk. We do not provide dinner.
 
$510.00
 
$420.00
 
Thursday August 26
Despite their small size, microbes have outsized ecological and evolutionary impacts in aquatic systems. How can organisms that are so small impact global nutrient cycling? What roles do microbes play in freshwater ecosystems? How do these microbial communities change in response to environmental factors, and what does this tell us about the health status of our local waterways? Using Lake Champlain as a case study, we will investigate the complexity of microbial communities in freshwater systems. Additionally, we will consider how environmental and ecological changes lead to algal bloom formation. What is a “bloom”? Who are the key biological members? When and why do blooms make toxins? Finally, we will consider the complexity and challenges associated with water management in these ecosystems. A field trip aboard Middlebury College’s R/V Folger and additional laboratory components will allow participants to get firsthand experience with some of the research tools and methods in this field. Note: Participants will need to be able to navigate a few stairs aboard the research vessel.
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Quantity
Price
$625.00
Wednesday arrivals - 3:00–11:00 PM Wednesday Early Housing Check-In—Bread Loaf Inn, Front Desk. We do not provide dinner.
 
$565.00
 
$465.00
 
$570.00
Wednesday arrivals - 3:00–11:00 PM Wednesday Early Housing Check-In—Bread Loaf Inn, Front Desk. We do not provide dinner.
 
$510.00
 
$420.00
 
Thursday August 26
Why did the Holocaust happen? How could the Holocaust happen? We will look at several aspects of the Holocaust, including the long-term conditions and events that led up to it, the measures employed in undertaking it, and the aftermath. We will also discuss the varying interpretations that scholars of the Holocaust have proposed. To help us understand, we will engage the period through a variety of mediums such as reading diary excerpts, looking at election campaign posters, and listening to resistance songs written in the ghettoes.
Category
Quantity
Price
$625.00
Wednesday arrivals - 3:00–11:00 PM Wednesday Early Housing Check-In—Bread Loaf Inn, Front Desk. We do not provide dinner.
 
$565.00
 
$465.00
 
$570.00
Wednesday arrivals - 3:00–11:00 PM Wednesday Early Housing Check-In—Bread Loaf Inn, Front Desk. We do not provide dinner.
 
$510.00
 
$420.00
 
Thursday August 26
Journalists, politicians, and cable-news pundits tell us that America is a deeply divided nation. But is it? This course examines the evidence regarding the widely shared assumption that we live in a polarized country. What do we mean by polarization? Who, if anyone, is polarized, and on what issues? How did we get here, and what can be done about it?
Sold Out
I’m sorry but this course is full. Please take a look at the other available Alumni College course descriptions and select one that you would like to attend. If you have questions, please contact the Alumni Office at alumni@middlebury.edu or (802) 443-5183.
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Event registration summary
James Davis – Ethics and Health Care in the US:
Returning Attendee - (Wednedsay to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$625.00
Returning Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$565.00
Returning Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) without Lodging
0
$465.00
First Time Attendee - (Wednesday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$570.00
First Time Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$510.00
First Time Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) without Lodging
0
$420.00
Erin Eggleston – Microbial Ecology of Lake Champlain:
Returning Attendee - (Wednesday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$625.00
Returning Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$565.00
Returning Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) without Lodging
0
$465.00
First Time Attendee - (Wednesday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$570.00
First Time Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$510.00
First Time Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) without Lodging
0
$420.00
Rebecca Bennette – Understanding the Holocaust:
Returning Attendee - (Wednesday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$625.00
Returning Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$565.00
Returning Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) without Lodging
0
$465.00
First Time Attendee - (Wednesday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$570.00
First Time Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) with Lodging
0
$510.00
First Time Attendee - (Thursday to Sunday) without Lodging
0
$420.00
Donation:
$0.00
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