Category Archives: AAUW Speaker Series

AAUW Speaker Series: Women and Intercollegiate Athletics


Cornwall Native Julie Power Ruppert speaks on Female Leadership Perspectives on Navigating Intercollegiate Athletics Today. Ruppert shares her inspiring success story in a field largely dominated by men. She made history by being named the first woman NCAA Northeast-10 Division II commissioner, and now has the longest tenure in Northeast-10 Conference history. Ruppert frequently represents Division II at national events, and is an active member of Women Leaders in College Sports.

Sponsored by AAUW (American Association of University Women) and Ilsley Public Library.

Producer: MCTV

AAUW Speaker Series: On Being Enough, Combating Perfectionism Through Self-Compassion


Join us for an inspiring evening with University of Vermont physician and educator Dr. Naomi Hodde as she shares practical strategies and evidence-based techniques for overcoming limiting beliefs and fostering self-compassion in all aspects of life. Drawing from her extensive experience as a physician and professor of medicine, Dr. Hodde has observed firsthand the detrimental effects of perfectionism, particularly among women and students of color in the medical field. Through her mentorship and coaching initiatives, she actively addresses and challenges the imposter syndrome and self-doubt that often hinder professional growth and success. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into navigating the pressures of perfectionism and cultivating a confident and resilient mindset. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Ilsley Public Library.

Producer: MCTV

AAUW Speaker Series: Embracing Solitude for Psychological Wellbeing


The prospect of being alone elicits diverse reactions: some of us desire more time by ourselves, while others of us avoid it at all costs. To “be alone” is complex because it includes the possibility of loneliness as well as the potential for positive solitude. When chosen, solitude is a restorative and generative state that plays a significant role in psychological wellbeing. It’s also a radical act in a culture that rewards extroversion and is saturated by social media. In this talk, Virgina (Gina) Thomas, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College,  shares her research findings on why people seek solitude, how they benefit from it, and the skills they use to enjoy time alone. Dr. Thomas earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with an emphasis in Feminist Studies.  As a developmental psychologist, Dr. Thomas studies social and emotional development throughout the lifespan, especially the role of solitude in identity development and psychological well-being. Her research identifies key differences in loneliness and solitude, explores how solitary engagement with social media and digital devices affects well-being, and investigates the skills necessary to use solitude constructively. Learn more about her work at Sponsored by the Middlebury chapter of AAUW.

Producer: MCTV

AAUW Speaker Series: Sharing Lessons Learned Working in International Reproductive Health Programs


Linda Andrews was in second grade, dressed as a nurse for a Middlebury Halloween parade, when she decided to work internationally. At age 38 she realized her dream. With degrees from UVM and UCLA, she traveled to Thailand to help develop a reproductive health program and continued to work on international health for 30 years in seven Asian and African countries.  In this talk and in her recent book, Building a Better World Together, Lisa Andrews shares insights on sustainable reproductive health programs. Come learn about both sustainable (in Thailand and Tanzania) and unsustainable (in Somalia) reproductive health systems, and about the challenges and satisfactions of working internationally. An AAUW Speaker Series talk.

Producer: MCTV

AAUW Series: Putin’s Chechnya and Ukraine Wars: Different Blood, Same Tactics


Award-Winning Russian Photojournalist Dmitri Beliakov launches the 2023-24 AAUW/Ilsley Library Speaker Series. Born in Russia in 1970 and currently a refugee living in Vermont, Beliakov has traveled to the Caucasus more than 50 times and is one of only two Russian photographers to document the Second Chechen war (1999-2010) from all sides, including the Chechen armed resistance, Russian regular troops, pro-Kremlin Chechen loyalists, and civilians. From 2014 to 2019 he covered the conflict in Ukraine, photographing the annexation of Crimea, the war in Donbas, and the economic and humanitarian impacts of the war from all sides – civilians, pro-Kremlin armed separatists, and the Ukrainian army. “Why does the conflict in Ukraine look so much like that in Chechnya?” asks Beliakov. There is a “remarkable and tragic link” between the two. His goal is to provide an honest account of what actually went on during the Chechen War and explain how, in a sense, that war foreshadowed today’s horrific events in Ukraine. This slide presentation of Dmitri Beliakov’s work is made possible in part by a grant from Middlebury’s Neat Repeats. Recorded 10/17/23  Producer: MCTV

A female scientist’s journey through academia


A personal account of the scientific life with Dr. Shannon Macauley, Associate Professor with Tenure in the Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology and Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Macauley has coauthored over 40 peer reviewed, scientific publications on her work and currently runs a multi-million dollar research lab funded by the National Institute of Health and foundation grants to better understand neurodegenerative diseases. Her work has been showcased in numerous media outlets and Dr. Macauley has been a repeat guest on NPR’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow. This talk is sponsored by the Middlebury chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Producer: MCTV

AAUW Speaker Series: Conflict Transformation at Middlebury and Beyond


A talk with Sarah Stroup, Middlebury College professor of political science and director of the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation. Conflict is part of the human experience. The field of conflict transformation (CT) explores how destructive conflicts become relatively constructive and how people can conduct themselves to foster such changes. In 2022, Middlebury received a seven-year, $25 million grant to expand the work of conflict transformation throughout the institution. In this talk, Professor Stroup outlines the challenges and opportunities of this major initiative.

Part of AAUW/Ilsley Library Speaker Series

Producer: MCTV

AAUW Speaker Series: Covering Local News in a Changing World


[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]During his presentation McCright discusses the changes he has seen during his three decades in journalism, and offer some information on how the Addison Independent will both adjust and grow in the future — even in this coming year! “The way that a community newspaper covers the news is changing in this digital age,” says McCright, “but the role of the community newspaper continues to be the same as it has been for the last century or two: to help glue together the people and institutions in Addison County by showing what is going on.” John McCright oversees the gathering of news for the Independent, managing a staff that includes three full-time reporters, a photographer, an online editor, a copyeditor, and many outside contributors. He works closely with the publisher, production department, advertising staff, and front-office crew to make sure the news gets to the community.

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