Passport to the World

Amidst a whirl of multilingual celebrations, this summer's Language Schools graduates received their master's and doctoral diplomas and prepared to embark on new adventures. Clarissa Ward, the CBS News correspondent in Egypt and Syria, gave the 2013 Commencement address. Click here to read about the ceremony.

Communicating Across Divides

At this year's Alumni Career Panel, five accomplished graduates and friends of the Language Schools offered their perspectives on the many advantages of knowing a foreign language—even if they don't speak it every day. The value of their education lies in the reserves of understanding, persistence, and sensitivity that they acquired through the learning process. Click here to meet the panelists.

Reframing Reality

The Escuela Española honored award-winning Spanish film director and screenwriter Carlos Saura with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. Saura's films tackle pressing social issues and conditions through a surreal and subjective lens. Learn more about the filmmaker and his visit to Middlebury.

Investing in Language

Philanthropist and scholar Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who funded the Davis Fellowships, passed away this year on April 23. An advocate for international education, she was a champion of peace and a force for the greater good. This summer’s Fellows gathered to honor Kathryn and celebrate her life and her family's commitment to continuing the program. A memorial fund will be established later this year to help ensure full funding is available for future Fellows. Read more.

We Need to Talk

In his Convocation remarks, Michael Geisler, vice president for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs, used a funny, poignant literary example to demonstrate the importance of language. Only by directly talking to "ordinary people" in other cultures can we begin to understand their needs and beliefs. Click here to read an excerpt from his remarks.

From the History Files

Many generous alumni have helped open the door to language learning over the years by including the Language Schools in their estate plans. The life-changing experience the late J. Richard Guthrie MA ’66 had at the École Française was the highlight of his educational career and his reason for giving back. Read more of his story here.

In Memoriam

We mourn the recent passing of Svetlana Borisovna Stepanova, who taught at the Russian School for many years and authored several textbooks on the language. Click here to read a message from Jason Merrill in celebration of Stepanova's life.

Launching a Hebrew Institute

Responding to a critical shortage of Hebrew language educators, Middlebury College announced that it would team up with Hebrew at the Center in Newton, Massachusetts, to form the Middlebury-HATC Institute for the Advancement of Hebrew Language. Click here to learn more.

Cutting Edge

How do you bring an international advantage to 10,000 students? The answer lies in cost-effective world-language courses, provided to 26 Vermont schools by the Vermont World Language Initiative (VWLI), an innovative partnership between Middlebury Interactive Languages and Middlebury College. Read more.

Travel Log

Take a vicarious trip to Beijing with this colorful blog, chronicling the adventures of Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy, a program for high school students. Discover some visit highlights, from street-food delicacies to a day at the Great Wall of China. Click here to explore the blog. For a glimpse of what happens stateside, watch this video of MMLA student Sydney Mokel.

Where in the World Have You Been?

Just because you're allowed to speak English again doesn't mean you should lose touch. Log into Middlebury Online today and take advantage of the resources available to you as a Middlebury alum, including the directory, information about events in your area, and the MiddNet Career Center.

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