Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French
Alumni Update | Fall 2017

Highlights of the Summer: Exploring the Francophone World

Our 35 faculty members brought the Francophone world to Middlebury through classes, lectures, sports, workshops, and a host of other activities.

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Words as Weapons: Bringing Peace to the Congo

Adam Finck is using language skills gained at the Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French to build lasting relationships in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he is working to end armed conflict.

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Adventures in West Africa

Middlebury’s only School Abroad in sub-Saharan Africa offers students the opportunity to improve their language skills while exploring many aspects of the region in one small country: Cameroon.

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The Future of Language Learning

Per Urlaub, the new associate dean for curriculum, discusses trends in language learning, changing technology in our classrooms, and what the future holds for the Language Schools.

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Lisez La Gazette

Would you like to brush up on your French while keeping up with all of the happenings at the French School each summer? The weekly newsletter, La Gazette, shares stories about guest speakers, cultural events, performances, French music, and more.

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Language Schools Confer 100 Degrees at Commencement

One hundred students received master’s or doctoral degrees at the Language Schools Commencement this summer. Mexican novelist and investigative journalist Elena Poniatowska delivered an inspiring address.

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An Interview with Ambassador Adrienne O’Neal, MA Spanish ’77

The former U.S. ambassador to Cape Verde, retired recently after a long and varied career with the State Department, shares insights into how language fluency shaped her work as a diplomat.

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