By Brian Sobotko '16

October 3, 2013

Hamilton professor lectures at Trinity

Dan Chambliss, the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hamilton gave a talk recently at Trinity College on how to maximize the value of a liberal arts education. Chambliss, who penned How College Works: What Matters Most for Students in Liberal Arts Institutions, for release in January, noted the importance of students creating connections with both professors and fellow students.

“Pick people who are going to motivate you and turn you on,” Chambliss said. He also emphasized the effect that personal contact has on students in general, saying a student “basically needs two or three good friends and one or two great teachers to have a meaningful college experience.”

Chambliss also cited specific examples of Hamilton policies on Greek life and class sizes and discussed how they affected a liberal arts education. Chambliss parted from the conventional wisdom on the superiority of small class sizes because they often close students out of classes they need to graduate or want to take. Chambliss instead emphasized that professors show interest in students.

The Center for Teaching and Learning sponsored the talk. A more comprehensive summary can be found on Trinity’s website.

Grammy-winning singer visits Middlebury

This week, Middlebury College welcomed Grammy winning artist and social activist Angelique Kidjo to campus for a lecture and a concert.

Kidjo, who won a Grammy in 2007 for Best Contemporary World Music Album draws on several different musical influences to be what the Daily Telegraph of London calls “the undisputed queen of African music.”

According to Middlebury’s website, Kidjo has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002 while creating a foundation to expand opportunities for girls in Africa. She has also advocated for clean water, medicine and peace in Africa.

The lecture, held Wednesday, Oct. 2, was free and open to the public and the concert will be the next night at 8 p.m. in the Nelson Recreation Center.

Connecticut College President-elect addresses community

This August, the Board of Trustees of Connecticut College voted to make Dean of the College at Brown University Katherine Bergeron the college’s eleventh president. Bergeron will replace President Leo I. Higdon Jr. on Jan. 1, 2014. Last week, Bergeron addressed the Connecticut College community for the first time and called the college “the perfect place for me.”

Bergeron praised the small liberal arts environment of the college reflecting on “stories of a transformative education, of world-class faculty committed to teaching, of creative students committed to changing the world, of staff members committed to excellence and of a community committed to the power of connective thinking and shared governance.”

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