Category Archives: At the Ilsley

Middlebury Science Café: Ready, Set, Severe Weather! with Patrick Wikstrom


Learn more about severe weather hazards in Vermont with Patrick Wikstrom. Patrick is currently the Climate Action Coordinator in the Environmental Affairs department at Middlebury college. Patrick has a background in meteorology and climatology, forecasted winter weather two years for VTrans, modeled future precipitation changes in the Lake Champlain Basin, and studied solar energy’s impact on the Vermont electrical grid. Listen to Patrick discuss severe weather hazards in Vermont, how to be prepared for when severe weather strikes, and how a changing climate is altering severe weather.

Producer: MCTV

How Nomads Live in Mongolia Today


Sas Carey, who will travel to Mongolia for the twentieth time this summer, will speak on how nomads live in Mongolia today. Having just released a book, Marrying Mongolia, she will show slides and share stories of Mongolia, and a short film, Gobi Children’s Song, which shows a few days in the life of a nomadic family in the Gobi Desert. Sponsored by the Addison County Retired Educators Association.

Producer: MCTV

This Year Get the Upper Hand: Pests and Diseases to Expect in 2023


Ann Hazelrigg has seen it all. Close up. Under a microscope. Vermont gardeners weed samples, garden diseases and insect infestations. It’s all part of her work as director of the University of Vermont Plant Diagnostic Clinic and her experience in the field and in her Williston home gardens. In this seminar she will tell what she saw in 2022, what is coming, what to do about them, and to give gardeners hope. Ann will include updates on spongy moth, beech leaf disease, jumping worms, leek moth and spotted lantern fly, among other invaders!  (Note: This talk was presented at the Flower Show & qualifies for Master Gardener Continuing Ed hours.)  This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Middlebury Garden Club.

Producer: MCTV

Author Talk: Matthew Hongoltz-Hettling – “If It Sounds Like a Quack…A Journey to the Fringes of American Medicine”


Local author, Matthew Hongoltz-Hettling, discusses his new book, If It Sounds Like a Quack…A Journey to the Fringes of American Medicine.  A bizarre, rollicking trip through the world of fringe medicine, filled with leeches, baking soda IVs, and, according to at least one person, zombies.

Recorded 4/4/23
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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

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