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Chantilly in the Spring

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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!

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A taste of Epoisses anyone?

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epoisse.1251621398Students, staff and faculty gathered last week for the traditional wine and cheese tasting at the Madeleine Center.  The more adventurous tried the lesser known “stinkier” cheeses such as Epoisses (from the Alsace region) and Munster (from Burgandy), others stayed with tried and true favorites such as Comté (Franche-Comté) and Sainte-Maure de Touraine (Centre-Val de Loire).  Chloé_Stéphanie Gabriellle_Claire la photo de groupe Laura Ebob Nayla and co 1 Xavier et Aaron 1 Nayla Alexia J 2

Poetry Reading from “Please Do Not Remove: A Collection Celebrating Vermont Literature and Libraries”

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Please-Do-Not-Remove_cover-front-finalWe are pleased to present, along with the New England Review as part of their VT Reading Series, a reading from Please Do Not Remove: A Collection Celebrating Vermont Literature and Libraries. This special event will take place in the Davis Family Library Special Collections and Archives Room 101, at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10. The book’s editor, Angela Palm, and three contributors—David Dillon, Karin Gottshall, and Gary Margolis—will read from and discuss selections from the anthology. A reception will follow, and copies of the book will be given as a door prize. Free.

Please Do Not Remove (Wind Ridge Books, 2014) is an anthology of twenty works of prose and poetry by writers who represent Vermont’s rich literary tradition. Each piece in the book is inspired by an old library check-out card and incorporates libraries in some way. Corresponding color photographs of the cards, taken by Nick Adams, accompany each work. Ten percent of the book’s net proceeds will be donated to the Vermont Library Association for as long as the publication is in print.

David Dillon is a poet who lives and writes in Vermont’s iconic Northeast Kingdom town of East Albany. His poem “Northeast Kingdom Wind Song” recently was selected as the winner of the Vermont Broadside Poetry Competition. He was born in Vermont and worked as a journalist in New York, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., before returning home. His most recent book is From the Porch.

Karin Gottshall is the author of Crocus, winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize, and several independent press chapbooks. Her new collection, The River Won’t Hold You, won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Prize. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, and many other journals. She teaches at Middlebury College.

Gary Margolis, PhD, is Emeritus Executive Director of College Mental Health Services and Associate Professor of English and American Literatures (part-time) at Middlebury College. His third book, Fire in the Orchard, was nominated for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His poem “The Interview” was featured on National Public Radio’s “The Story” and Boston’s ABC Channel 5 interviewed him on the Middlebury campus reading his poem, “Winning the Lunar Eclipse,” after the 2004 World Series.

Angela Palm is the editor of Please Do Not Remove. Her essay collection, Riverine, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2016 and is the recipient of the 2014 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. She is a contributor at BookTrib and owns Ink & Lead Literary Services. She lives in Burlington, Vermont

For more on the New England Review and the NER VT Reading Series see http://www.nereview.com/ner-vt-reading-series/

“Joseph Battell: A Centennial Appreciation,” a talk by David Haward Bain, Monday, February 23rd

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Joe Battell, ca. 1860 -HSM, Stewart Papers, vol. 9

February 23, 2015 is the centennial of Joseph Battell’s death. Bread Loaf land baron (in his day the largest private landowner in Vermont), environmentalist, crusading newspaperman, Middlebury College alum (Class of 1860), trustee, philanthropist, novelist.

David Haward Bain presents an illustrated “magic lantern” talk on Joseph Battell’s life and works.

When: February 23, 2015, 4:30pm

Where: Abernethy Reading Room, The Axinn Center at Starr Library, Middlebury College

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, the Environmental Studies Program, Middlebury History Department, and the Stewart-Swift Research Center, Henry Sheldon Museum.

David Haward Bain has taught creative writing and literature at Middlebury College for 28 years, and has been affiliated with the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference for 35 years since his first-book fellowship in 1980. His books include Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad, Bitter Waters: America’s Forgotten Naval Mission to the Dead SeaThe Old Iron Road: An Epic of Rails, Roads, and the Urge to Go West, and Sitting in Darkness: Americans in the Philippines, as well as The College on the Hill: A Browser’s History for the Bicentennial of Middlebury College and Whose Woods These Are: A History of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 1926-1992.

Photo credit: Joseph Battell circa 1860. Courtesy of the Henry Sheldon Museum, Stewart-Swift Research Center

Winter Study Trip to Burgandy

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Students from Paris and Poitiers spent last weekend in Burgandy, famous for its medieval towns and ducal vineyards.  Like their classmates in Pau last Saturday, they dressed warmly to brave the cold and to discover the historical city center of Dijon, the capital of the famous Dukes of Burgandy and the mustard capital of the world!  The afternoon was spent exploring the region’s wine routes and beautiful landscapes and featured a tour and tasting at the Pommard winery.  Sunday morning offered students the unique opportunity to visit the renowned Hospices de Beaune, the medieval hospital founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, Chancelor of the Duke of Burgandy Philippe le Bon, to house the ill and the poor. To top off the weekend, they then saw for themselves the traces of Burgandy’s rich archeological heritage by visiting the site of Bolards in Nuit-Saint-Georges where a town founded in the 1st century BC by the Eduens has recently been uncovered. For more information on Burgandy, please visit the following website : http://www.burgundy-tourism.com/.

The Bolards Archeological Site

The Bolards Archeological Site

The Hospices or Hôtel Dieu de Beaune

The Hospices or Hôtel Dieu de Beaune

The Room of the Poor, Hospices de Beaune

The Room of the Poor, Hospices de Beaune

Place Darcy in Dijon

Place Darcy in Dijon

Group Photo at the Pommard Winery

Group Photo at the Pommard Winery

Winter Study Trip to Bearn-Basque Country

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Students from Bordeaux spent last Saturday in Pau, the birthplace of King Henri IV (responsible for the Edict of Nantes in 1598 that ended the wars of religion); they braved the cold to discover by foot the historical city center and to visit the royal château where Henri IV was born and then toured a Jurançon vineyard.Dégustation de vin Jurançon 3 groupe devant le château bis For information further information on Pau, please see the following website : http://www.pau-pyrenees.com/index.php?lan=UK.

Winter Carnival Vintage Films Premiere and Hot Chocolate Bar, February 13

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Recently rediscovered films in the College Archives from the 1940s will be shown for the first time in more than sixty years.

See Winter Carnival the way it was, before Gore-Tex and fiberglass: ski jumps on Chipman Hill, races at the Snow Bowl, aero-skijoring, and more.

When: Friday, February 13, 2015, 4:30 – 6pm

Where: McCullough Crossroads Cafe (The Juice Bar)

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