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Exhibit of early printed books opening June 14th in the library

Special Collections’ summer exhibition, In the Footprints of the First German Printers: 1450-1500, retraces the expansion of printing in Europe. The exhibit follows the German pioneers who initiated and spread the historical evolution of the art of bookprinting and developed a tradition that transformed the world of learning.

All but one of the books featured were donated by Helen and Arthur Tashiera, Californian benefactors of Middlebury who summered in Vermont. In 1946, they generously gifted forty-three printed books from the infancy of print, primarily from Italy and Germany. (The other book on display was a gift of Middlebury alumna Ruth Hesselgrave, class of 1918.)

Woodcut print from the Nuremberg Chronicle depicting the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt. The Nuremberg Chronicle was produced in 1493, a lavishly illustrated retelling of the history of the world. Middlebury’s copy is in German and was donated by Ruth Hesselgrave, class of 1918.

Each book contains the history of the early evolution of printing. By studying the materials of the covers, pages, inks, the page layout implemented, the hand-painted additions to the printed text, we learn about how the first printers’ processes developed and how readers’ interpretation of texts evolved. (And that’s without even reading them!) 

In the Footprints of the First German Printers: 1450-1500 was curated by Marie Théberge (P ’10) and designed by Mikaela Taylor (’15) with additional support by Danielle Rougeau and Rebekah Irwin. It will be on display in Davis Family Library atrium (main level) and Harman Periodicals Reading Area (lower level) from June 14th through September 30th.

Staff Council Meeting Tomorrow

Please join us at our next open meeting on Wednesday, April 11th. Our guest this month is Barbara McCall , Director of Health and Wellness Education – agenda below. Please note the room change-Davis Library 105A.

MIDDLEBURY STAFF COUNCIL

Open Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

9:00 – 10:00 AM

NEW LOCATION: Davis Library – 105A

Attendees: Staff Council Representatives, HR, Staff

9:00 AM               Open meeting and introductions

9:05 AM               Committee reports

      • HR-6
      • Events
      • Compensation
      • Safety & Environmental
      • SC Website
      • Treasurers Report

9:15 AM               Old/New Business

  • Approval of March 14, 2018 minutes

9:30 AM               Guest: Barbara McCall, Director of Health & Wellness Education

                                Subject: Are we moving to tobacco-free campus? Short presentation and video followed by staff questions and input.

10:00 AM             Adjournment

Staff Council regular meetings are open to all Middlebury College staff members. Staff members should let their supervisors know if there is a particular meeting they wish to attend. Supervisors will seek to find a positive balance between addressing operational needs and support staff request to attend these meetings.

Learning Lunch Lectures

The Recycling Center – Wednesday, April 25th

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Staff guided tour of our recycling center. Learn more about our material recovery facility, composting programs and recycling. Pizza will be served prior to the tour.

 

The Biomass Plant  – Wednesday, May 2nd

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Staff guided tour of the biomass plant. The plant connects climate, energy and community for a more sustainable energy future – join us to learn more. Pizza will be served in Axinn 229 prior to tour.

 

The Knoll  – Wednesday, May 9th

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Staff guided tour of the Knoll. Explore the educational gardens, outdoor kitchen and labryinth, and learn about sustainable agriculture. Pizza will be served prior to the tour.

Come to one or all three.  RSVP is not required, but encouraged:

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A few highlights from our semestriel wine and cheese tasting at the Centre Madeleine!

Guided by wine and cheese connoisseur and former phonetics professor, Mme Annie-Claude Motron, students sampled wine from various regions in France and 18 different cheeses, a mere beginning in the country that boasts 365 types of cheese, one for every day of the year. As Madame Motron explained, cheeses are classified first by their milk: vache, chèvre, ou brebis (cow, goat, or sheep), and then again by their consistency, molle ou dur, (soft ou hard). Madame Motron then led students through the steps of wine tasting: looking at, smelling, tasting, and, most importantly, discussing the wine with friends.