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Slide Show from Fall Family Weekend:

Watch Debora Spar’s talk on her book, “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection”

As sunlight glowed on the reds, yellows, and oranges of Vermont’s fall foliage season, an estimated 1500 family members enjoyed activities, both indoors and out, during Middlebury College’s 2013 Fall Family Weekend, Oct. 10-13. It was a glorious autumn weekend in the Champlain Valley and just about everything went as planned.

A standing-room-only audience came to hear Debora Spar, the president of Barnard College and parent of a current Middlebury student, speak about her new book “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.” Parents had a lively give-and-take with President Liebowitz in the McCullough Student Center, and attended panel discussions on study abroad, putting passion into action, and careers in finance for liberal arts graduates. There was a breathtaking contemporary dance performance by faculty member Catherine Cabeen and her company, Hyphen, and a leadership workshop for families conducted by MiddCORE faculty members Jessica Holmes and Mike Kiernan.

There was a host of outdoor activity all weekend including tours and treats at the college’s Organic Farm, the marathon reading of “The Iliad” on the steps of Davis Family Library, and home athletic events in men’s and women’s soccer, football, rugby, volleyball, and field hockey. Also this year there was an open house at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, which included live music, a barbeque, and chairlift rides to the summit of Worth Mountain where, as expected on this near-perfect weekend, the views in every direction were spectacular.

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  1. Beautiful slide show, but I’m fairly certain that last picture actually shows Mead Chapel, not Old Chapel, framed by fall foliage.

  2. Matthew, good eye! Fixed, and thanks.

  3. The Fall Family weekend program was spectacular and the photographs are lovely. But where are the young women in that photo montage? Pictures of the men playing soccer and football are great. Last weekend, the Women’s Soccer team beat Trinity and therefore were ranked #1 in the NESCAC. But even if they lost, where are photographs of women’s sports? This is 2013! I expect better from Middlebury.

  4. I bet the little thingees on top of Gilford and Hepburn are tired of being upstaged by the Mead steeple just because it is more prominent.

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