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Cultivating Food Literacy


On October 5, Bread Loaf and Middlebury College cohosted a one-day conference on sustainable and experiential education that reaches across cultural and institutional bounds through the dynamic vehicle of food literacy. Kicked off by Claudine Brown, assistant secretary for education and access at the Smithsonian Institution, the day included presentations by Louisville-based BLTN members Brent Peters and Paul Barnwell MA ’13 and their students, who, with students and teachers from the Navajo Nation and Bread Loaf alumnus and vice president of the Navajo Nation, Rex Lee Jim MA ’01, have become copartners in the study of food literacy. Middlebury College Foodworks interns made presentations followed by lunch at Middlebury’s Organic Farm. The event was supported by funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and Bread Loaf’s Green Fund. A gift to the BLSE Green Fund is a way to support this work.


BLTN Celebrates a Remarkable 20 Years


Bread Loaf Teacher Network celebrated its 20th birthday this summer with a spectacular series of events at each of the Bread Loaf campuses. Digital humanities experts led workshops and lectured at each of the U.S. campuses, funded in part by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. In Vermont, Andover Bread Loaf student writing leaders met with Bread Loaf students to discuss writing and teaching writing. At Oxford, two local educators held a panel discussion on American and British education systems. Santa Fe students engaged in workshops on developing successful writing centers and hosted a reunion of former BLTN members that resulted in plans for a future conference. And the 20th summer of the thriving network saw the development of more than 20 cross-cultural, boundary-bending, collaborative projects such as a linking of classrooms in New Orleans and Haiti to focus on the impact of natural disasters on those communities.


BLTN e-Journal Summer 2013 Edition

The summer 2013 edition of the BLTN e-Journal offers a glimpse into the variety of ways Bread Loaf teachers connect with each other and their students. In this issue, Dixie Goswami profiles former faculty member Jimmy Britton; Debbie Alcorn MA ’11 reflects on the effect of spoken-word poetry in her Durham, S.C., high school classroom; Alfredo Lujan MA ’87 explains the Writing Rodeo at the Santa Fe campus; Michael Armstrong discusses his Describing the Imagination course; Ceci Lewis MA ’99 reminisces on her 17-year connection with BLTN; Django Paris asks what it means to be an English teacher; and Goswami speaks about the origin and evolution of the network. See http://sites.middlebury.edu/bltnmag.


Bread Loaf Journal

Coeditors Simon Phillip Brown MA ’13 and John Milton Oliver MA ’13 produced the first-ever Bread Loaf Journal this summer. See the online version at http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/459553/original/blse_journal_2013_pages.pdf.



Oxford in Photos

Experience the Bread Loaf/Oxford program without heading across the pond with this new slideshow of images: http://go.middlebury.edu/oxfordpics.


Emily Bartels Hosts Alumni Gathering

On October 19, students, faculty, alumni, and friends in the New Jersey area gathered at the home of Bread Loaf Director Emily Bartels to celebrate once again the connections that are Bread Loaf’s bread and butter.



Farewell Asheville

Launched in 2006, the campus housed at the University of North Carolina at Asheville introduced Bread Loaf to the Southeast and offered a curriculum emphasizing Southern and African-American literatures.

As we close those campus doors and look forward to developing increasingly diverse and innovative programs at our campuses in Vermont, Santa Fe, and Oxford, we want to thank on-site directors Tilly Warnock, 2006–2009; Valerie Smith, 2010; and Stephen Donadio, 2011–2013; and director’s assistants Peggy Turner and Jennifer Wood, 2006; Leigh Unterspan, 2007–2009; Kim Masterson, 2010-2012; and Jim Miller, 2007–2013, along with the staff at UNCA, for their dedicated efforts in creating a Bread Loaf home for more than 540 students over the past eight years.