Leader, Intellectual and Poet


Global Education Series


Evening Conversation with LAURIE PATTON, President, Middlebury College & MALLIKA KAPUR, Senior Editor, Bloomberg Live
Drinks Reception 6:30pm
Presentation 7:00pm
Close 8:00pm 

As the 17th president of Middlebury College, Laurie L. Patton is the first woman to lead the institution in its 218-year history. A leading authority on South Asian history and culture, and the author or editor of 11 books in these fields, President Patton has also translated the ancient Hindu text, The Bhagavad Gita, for Penguin Classics Series. She is also the author of three books of poetry - the most recent, House Crossing, was published in May 2018. During the conversation with Bloomberg journalist Mallika Kapur, President Patton will discuss her life as a leader, as an intellectual and as a poet.


Laurie L. Patton is the 17th president of Middlebury College. She began her career at Bard College as an assistant professor of Asian religions. She later served as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religions at Emory University, and then as the Durden Professor of Religion and Duke University’s Dean of Arts and Sciences. President Patton is past president of the American Society for the Study of Religion and current president of the American Academy of Religion. In April 2018, she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as a leader in two fields .— religion/philosophy and education. President Patton graduated from Harvard University and her PhD from the University of Chicago.


Mallika Kapur is an international news journalist based in Hong Kong. She is currently a Senior Editor at Bloomberg Live, APAC. In her 20 year career that spans three countries, she has been a producer, anchor and correspondent for CNN in London, Mumbai and Hong Kong. She has reported extensively on key economic, political, social and gender issues in India and covered some of Asia’s biggest breaking news stories for the network. She has also anchored business news shows and hosted long form feature programs. Ms. Kapur attended Brown University and Columbia’s University’s Graduate School of Journalism. (Moderator)

Event Details

Thu 10 Jan 2019
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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200 Asia Society members/ Middlebury Alumni; $350 Non-members
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