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Academic Speaker Series

The mission of the Academic Speaker Series is to promote the intellectual environment of the College and to facilitate discussion of important issues in the community.

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The College would like to thank Brattleboro Community Television for recording and broadcasting these presentations. 

Spring 2023 Schedule

Side by side photos of Taylor Dunne out in field holding a boom mike and Eric Stewart posing for a photo
Resisting Nuclear Armament in the 21st Century
Tuesday, February 7, 5 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, Lewis Academic Building
Taylor Dunne, MFA and Eric Stewart, MFA 

What does a people’s history of nuclear weapons look like? Through popular books and government records, the Manhattan Project is remembered as a triumph of scientific innovation. This institutional memory fetishizes the novelty of nuclear fission while ignoring the communities and ecosystems exposed to radiation and industrial contamination.

Through their project, Off Country, Dunne and Stewart interrogate the institutional racism of the nuclear weapons industry, using oral history to articulate how the creation of “National Sacrifice Zones” has disproportionately affected native and Anglo-ranching people as well as communities of color throughout the Southwest. The filmmakers will preview their in-production feature film Off Country and facilitate a conversation about how experimental cinema and documentary can augment, resist, and subvert the institutional memory of the nuclear weapons industry.

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How I Became a Cartoonist: A Study in Messing Up
Tuesday, March 21, 5 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, Lewis Academic Building
Hilary Price

Come hear about a career path less travelled, and the lessons learned along the way. Rhymes With Orange newspaper cartoonist Hilary Price will talk about getting ideas, making comics, and living a creative life. 




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Becoming a Blind Chemist: An Autoethnographic Perspective
Tuesday, April 4, 5 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, Lewis Academic Building
Cary Supalo, Ph.D.

This presentation will discuss the sociological and technological barriers that Dr. Cary Supalo encountered on his journey to receiving a doctorate in Chemistry. His ability to leverage both resources and networks to assist him in making technologies work more synergistically has resulted in more access for researchers who are blind. Supalo will share his multi-faceted approach to learning how to perform fundamental problem-solving in a scientific context which opened the door of opportunity to becoming a contributor to the field of chemistry.

This talk is cosponsored through a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program


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