The Michael Armstrong Lecture Fund

Remembering Michael, In Perpetuity

In 2016, the Bread Loaf community gathered to mourn the loss and celebrate the life and work of Michael Armstrong, who taught at Bread Loaf for nearly three decades and who died in March 2015. In anticipation of that gathering, more than twenty Bread Loaf faculty and friends joined together as founding donors to establish an annual Michael Armstrong Lecture, to honor and sustain Michael’s interests in children’s writing, storytelling, and the pedagogy of the imagination.

“Folk have come out of the woodwork,” says Emily Bartels, director of the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English, “to think about what we might do together to remember someone who taught us with his brilliance, transformed us with his imagination, delighted us with his exuberance and wit, and engaged us with his friendship and love.” The lecture will continue the conversations that Michael started, keeping the imagination at the forefront of a Bread Loaf education.

We are pleased to open the Michael Armstrong Lecture Fund to gifts from Bread Loaf alumni and friends; you may also honor Michael by making a gift in his memory to the Bread Loaf Annual Fund or student financial aid.

“Michael was a master storyteller, with an expansive intellect, and he brought passion, compassion, and joy to Bread Loaf summer after summer,” Bartels observes. “I look forward to our first Michael Armstrong Lecture in 2017: I suspect he will be there.”