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Fall 2014 Friday Speaker Series Archive

Speaker Series
The CSE Friday Speaker Series offers Middlebury students and community members a variety of new insights and perspectives on a range of social issues, creative initiatives, and career paths. 
All talks are held on Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in Axinn 229 unless otherwise noted.


Fall 2014 Speakers; please circle back to this calendar for updates.

Saturday, September 13th : Hip Hop Psychology

The Creative Maladjustment Hip Hop Showcase
McCullough Wilson Social Space 5-7 p.m.

Keynoting at the American Psychological Association in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr called for “Creative Maladjustment” to address the oppressive forces of the time. Using Hip Hop to discuss the global social and economic crises, “The Creative Maladjustment Showcase” integrates psychological and sociological theory into musical pieces to create a showcase that pushes the boundary of both art and science. Join Hip Hop performance artists, educators and scholars Debangshu Roychoudhury & Lauren Gardner (featured on CNN, Huffington Post), Kevin Hritz (featured on TEDxYouth Houston) and Middlebury College’s own Debanjan Roychoudhury for a FREE interactive lecture and performance on Hip Hop Discourse and its impact on human development from a global perspective. The showcase will have a suggested donation at the door in order to fundraise for Addison County Teens (ACT) where Debanjan uses rap/poetry to mentor local youth.

Sponsored by Office of the Dean of the College, Sociology Department, Education Studies Department, Wonnacott Commons and Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE)


Friday, September 19th: Clifford Symposium


Friday, September 26th: Jocelyn Wyatt, IDEO.org

Jocelyn WyattJocelyn Wyatt is the Co-Lead + Executive Director of IDEO.org, the non-profit organization started by IDEO to address poverty-related challenges through design and to encourage the use of human-centered innovation in the social sector. Jocelyn’s work focuses on identifying non-profit and social enterprises with whom to partner and designing innovative solutions related to water and sanitation, agriculture, energy, health, financial services, and early childhood education. Jocelyn specializes in building social enterprises and advising businesses in the developing world, where she uses the market to effect social change. Jocelyn oversees IDEO.org’s business development, fundraising, and operations and works to spread IDEO.org’s learnings through the social sector.

Prior to joining IDEO in 2007, Jocelyn worked in Kenya as an Acumen Fund fellow with an agro-pharmaceutical company involved in the production of malaria treatments. She served as VisionSpring’s interim country director in India, where she helped increase the distribution of low-cost reading glasses to the urban and rural poor. She also did training, project management, and business development for Chemonics International, a contractor for USAID.


Friday, October 3rd: Alexandra Cart ’08, Madeira GlobalAlexandra Cart_Photo

Alexandra Peterson Cart is the co-founder and director of strategic development of Madeira Global, a New York-based investment and advisory firm servicing qualified investors and institutions in the area of Impact Investing. She is an experienced philanthropic consultant who has designed, implemented and managed highly-leveraged philanthropic strategies for organizations including the Tribeca Film Festival Doha and Time 100 as well as for celebrity clientele.


Thursday, October 9: Sarah Finnie Robinson, WeSpireRobinsonSarah2WebBW-4fbc652ba3422

Ms. Sarah Finnie Robinson serves as Social/Founding Partner at WeSpire Inc. (formerly Practically Green LLC) and served as its Director of Social Programming. Ms. Robinson began her career at The New Yorker magazine typing with carbon paper. She spent fourteen years at The Atlantic Monthly, during which time she produced three children and clung to every easy and disposable household product she could find. She has served on the board of Seventh Generation and on the Steering Committee of Shelburne Farms. She holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a Master’s degree from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, Vermont.



Friday, October: Spencer Williams ’95, West Paw Design

Spencer Williams ’95 is a fifth-generation Montanan whose love for the natural beauty of his home state, coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit, inspired him to purchase a small pet production company in 1996.  Under Spencer’s leadership, the company now known as West Paw Design, has become a world class manufacturer of environmentally friendly pet toys, beds and apparel. West Paw Design currently employes 70 + people who are extremely proud that one-hundred-percent of their products are made in the USA. In 2013, West Paw Design became a Certified B Corporation after meeting rigorous standards of Social and Environmental performance, Accountability and Transparency.


Friday, October 17th: Rick Tetzeli ’83, Fast CompanyHeadshot

In 2002, Tetzeli joined Entertainment Weekly as managing editor with a background in journalism with Fortune, bringing fresh perspective to the magazine. At EW, he experimented with new approaches to the magazines design, and under his leadership, the magazine received five National Magazine Awards nominations. In 2010, he joined Fast Company as its Executive Editor. Fast Company, a cutting-edge online and print publication, was founded to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.


Friday, October 24th in Robert A. Jones House:  CSE and Davis Project for Peace Grant Recipients/Fall Family Weekend

Four groups of students received Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Davis Projects for Peace summer grants in 2014. Join them as they share their experiences and reflection on their creative work around social issues and promotion of peace in communities around the world. Lunch provided for those who RSVP by 10/20 to rcga@middlebury.edu. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders. Cosponsored by Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.


Friday, November 7th in Robert A. Jones House: Professor Jessica Teets, Middlebury College Assistant Professor of Political Science

“The Politics of Policy Experimentation in China: The Diffusion of Elder Care Policies.” Chinese provinces engage in policy experimentation across a wide range of issues – household registration, civil society, and social policies like health care.  These policy experiments are often diffused to other provinces and sometimes to the national level, and are often described as driving the economic miracle in China.  Professor Teets examines the politics behind policy experimentation to analyze why some policies diffuse and others do not, and argue that as local officials learn from their neighbors about experimental policies in other places this learning reduces the risk and uncertainty of adopting new policies facilitating diffusion.  She discusses the case of elder care as China will have the largest elderly population in the world by 2050, but at a much lower per capita income than other countries who have experienced such rapid demographic change.


Friday, November 14thAifuwa Ehigiator ’08, Founder of Our Street 057e558

Aifuwa was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with two brothers and lived in five different apartment buildings with his parents before the age of 15. Aifuwa attended High School at the School of the Future, he received the prestigious POSSE Scholarship to Middlebury College where he studied Economics and Women’s and Gender Studies. Aifuwa played rugby, and met many inspiring people. During sophomore year, he took a social entrepreneurship class with professor Jonathan Isham that became a source of inspiration for him. After freshman year he interned in Sales at Bloomberg LP before interning again at Bloomberg Tradebook after junior year. Aifuwa started working there full time twelve days after graduation – most recently in their Fixed Income Sellside Trading System. On November 14th, a weird confluence of events came together to help him establish his new startup called Our Street. Our Street is a real estate crowdfunding startup that invests exclusively in low to moderate-income communities. The startup intends to use equity crowdfunding to purchase, retrofit, renovate and rent properties in a responsible way that works for investors and the community.


Please see our Speaker Series Archive below:

Fall 2012 Speakers and Events
Spring 2013 Speakers and Events
Fall 2013 Speakers and Events
Spring 2014 Speakers and Events
Fall 2014 Speaker and Events

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