Our warmest congratulations to Tamir Williams (Middlebury in Paris, Spring 2015) and Sarah Pollnow (Middlebury in Bordeaux, Spring 2013) for their respective fellowships ; Tamir is the recipient of a Kellogg Fellowship and Sarah, a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship. Félicitations!
University Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, one of the School in France’s primary partner institutions, is featured in the French press this week for its important and quickly developing international mission, especially the diversity of its mobility programs at the student, scholar and administrative levels ; for the EducPros article: please click here : http://www.letudiant.fr/educpros/enquetes/portrait-d-universite-sorbonne-nouvelle-internationale-jusqu-au-bout-des-ongles.html .
Approximately 100 people gathered last Friday evening for a cocktail reception at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine in Paris to celebrate the Centennial of the Middlebury College Language Schools. Former and current students, faculty, friends of the College, representatives of French partner institutions (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 et Sciences Po-Paris), staff of the French Language School and the Middlebury C.V. Starr-Schools Abroad met alongside Vice President for Language Schools & Schools Abroad, Michael Geisler, and Dean of International Programs, Jeff Cason. It was a delightful occasion to reunite with old friends and to meet new ones!
The School in France held its End of Term Reception for students, faculty, staff, host families and foyers at the Madeleine Center on May 5th. It was a lovely, and for some, the last occasion to get together and to celebrate the end of a challenging but thrilling semester and/or academic year in Paris. We profusely thank again the following individuals: our faculty, without whom our academic program wouldn’t be what it is today; EUSA France for its engaging internship program; and our host families and foyers who contribute so much to the success of our students’ cultural and linguistic immersion experience. Merci et bonne fin de séjour à tous nos étudiants!
12 lucky students attended one of the final rehearsals of the ballet, L’Histoire de Manon, that is currently being performed at the Palais Garnier. For more information on the ballet, please see the following page of the Opéra National de Paris’ website : https://www.operadeparis.fr/saison-2014-2015/ballet/l-histoire-de-manon-kenneth-macmillan.
Students in Bordeaux and Poitiers spent last Saturday in Périgord first on a walking tour of the medieval and Renaissance quarters of the city of Périgueux, then discovering two of the region’s more important prehistoric sites ; Périgord is often referred to as the cradle of European civilization as it offers a plethora of Paleolithic sites to visit. At Laugerie Basse (http://www.lascaux-dordogne.com/fr/patrimoine-culturel/site-monument-site-archeologique/abri-prehistorique-de-laugerie-basse), our group explored two rockshelters first occupied in 15 000 BC and then at Lascaux II (http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/), they studied the reproductions of the original Lascaux cave paintings which are estimated to be over 17 000 years old! Both of the afternoon visits allowed students to learn in a fun and engaging way more about what life was like for prehistoric man.
A handful of student of students recently joined historian, Xavier Le Person, for a guided tour of the Chantilly château. One of the most picturesque castles in the Paris area, the impressive Chantilly château dates back to the 16th century and its estate includes a beautiful, large park with gardens designed by Andre Le Nôtre. The discovery of the rich history of the domaine and of another of Chantilly’s claim to fame, its whipped cream, (http://www.thegoodlifefrance.com/chantilly-cream/) made up for the rather cloudy skies and cool temperatures!