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“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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“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 (Class of 1860) death. Bread Loaf land baron (in his day the largest private landowner in Vermont), environmentalist, crusading newspaperman, Middlebury College trustee, philanthropist, unreadable novelist, eccentric Joseph Battell left his stamp on his homeland.

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

The Hillel Homepage

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–To view recent posts about Hillel’s upcoming events, look up and click the What’s New This Week? to find interesting content!–

 

Who are we? A group of enthusiastic, fun-loving students on campus who enjoy each other’s company at Friday night services and dinners, on various Jewish holidays, and at other fun Hillel-sponsored events.  Members are predominantly (but not exclusively) Jewish, and share a love for fresh-made Challah (chocolate chip and regular…chocolate chip highly recommended).

What are we? An organization that aims provide an outlet for those interested in Judaism and Jewish issues. Such outlets may include, but are not limited to, the provision of religious services, the maintenance of a kosher kitchen, the sponsorship of educational events relating to Jewish issues, and the support of events whose purpose is to bring together Jewish students on campus in a social environment. In addition Hillel strives to promote social justice and Israel awareness. Hillel will endeavor to address the needs of Jewish students on campus.

When do events take place? The most regular Hillel event is Friday night services.  The student-led services begin at 5:30 pm in the Jewish Center and are followed by a delicious student-cooked kosher meal around 6:30 pm.  Other events such as additional services, seders, dinners, challah-making workshops, community service opportunities, apple-picking trips, alternative spring break, and hillel-sponsored parties will be posted in advance on the blog.

Where do these events take place?The organization’s designated space, The Jewish Center, is located on campus in the Freeman International Center.  It has its own kitchen and dining space, and all school-sponsored Hillel dinners are held here.  High holidays are often catered and held in alternate locations on campus.  Students can attend services for these holidays at Mead Chapel, Middlebury Campus’s non-denominational Church.  Services held here are open to members of the town, as well.  Hillel also sponsors an annual Spring Break trip that involves some form of community service and allows students to travel together (usually somewhere warm!).  See the “Small and Mighty” quicklink for details.

Why do we exist? To discuss and debate contemporary Jewish issues, to practice familiar and meaningful traditions, to give students an opportunity to explore their Jewish identity, and to enjoy the company of great people on campus!

How is Hillel run? A board of students meets weekly to plan events. Associate Chaplain/Rabbi Ira Schiffer serves as the Hillel advisor.

The Language Pledge and Spring Semester Students

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All incoming, 2nd semester students to Bordeaux, Paris and Poitiers just signed the Language Pledge or, as we call it in French, “l’engagement linguistique”, and have committed to only communicating in French for the duration of the program and their stay in France.  Bon courage à toutes et à tous!  May you all have an exciting linguistic and cultural immersion experience thanks to the Pledge!

Students in Paris read aloud and together the Pledge 1

Students in Paris read aloud and together the Pledge 1

Students in Paris read aloud and together the Pledge 2

Students in Paris read aloud and together the Pledge 2

Students in Bordeaux proudly display their signed copy of the Pledge

Students in Bordeaux proudly display their signed copy of the Pledge

For more information on Middlebury College’s Language Pledge, please see the following website : http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/approach/pledge .