Public Policy Lecture Series

In 2008, MCLA announced the establishment of the Public Policy lecture series, making public policy forums an ongoing part of the College's long-term speaker offerings, in complement to MCLA's major in political science and public policy.  The series is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust. 


Public Policy Lecture

The Honorable Jane Swift

Cokie Roberts

The Trump Presidency
Thursday, April 13, 2017
7 p.m.
Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public
Information: 413.662.5224

The Honorable Jane Swift served as the CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages from 2011 until March 2017. Formerly the Governor of Massachusetts from 2001 to 2003, after having served as Lieutenant Governor as well as a Massachusetts State Senator, Jane has shown a sustained commitment to excellence in education. As a three-term state senator, Jane assisted in crafting the landmark Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, which introduced accountability, high standards, and innovation into Massachusetts’s public schools. As governor, she implemented many of these reforms, which proved so successful that the U.S. Department of Education declared it a national model for other states. Swift gained national attention as a high profile working mother – giving birth to twin girls just a month after becoming Governor. In addition, she led many security related initiatives in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 including testifying in support for the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

Jane became CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages in August 2011. Swift has spent her career focused on education, women’s and girl’s advancement and in particular, issues impacting working mothers. She serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Leadership Afghanistan, and on the Board of Trustees for Champlain College among other charitable and professional boards and positions.

Ms. Swift holds a B.A. in American Studies from Trinity College and has received six honorary doctorates and numerous awards. She is currently a Distinguished Lecturer in Leadership Studies at Williams College, a teaching position she has held for nearly a decade. Swift resides in Williston, Vermont, with her husband Chuck and their three high-school daughters, Elizabeth, Lauren and Sarah.

Middlebury Interactive Languages is the academic leader in K-12 language instruction with engaging world language courses in Spanish, Chinese, German and French and an innovative online curriculum for English Language Learners. Middlebury Interactive provides access to superior language programs and prepares students with the skills and cultural understanding to compete in the 21st Century global marketplace. Middlebury Interactive has taken Middlebury College's renowned world language curriculum, developed and refined over the past 100 years, and translated it to the digital and K-12 setting. Middlebury Interactive also offers in-person language immersion summer academies for middle and high school students in the US and abroad.

Past speakers of the Public Policy Lecture Series:

2016: Panel - Joe Thompson, Julia Bowen, Thomas Krens, Kathy Lloyd '13, Mitch and Seth Nash, Brad Svrluga

2015: Cheryl Jacques

2014: Gloria Steinem

2013: Irshad Manji

2012: Zainab Salbi

2010-2011: Vandana Shiva; James Carville and Mary Matalin

2009-2010: Paul Rusesabagina; Lisa Cortes, Jonathan Kozol, and Carole Simpson

2008-2009: Bob Woodward; David Plouffe


Past speakers of the Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture:

2016: Cokie Roberts

2015: Ray Kurzweil

2014: Jose Antonio Vargas

2013: Ambassador Andrew Young

2012: Senator George J. Mitchell

2011: Dr. Robert Gates