Partners in Health Joins with Bread Loaf and Navajo Nation

Bread Loaf has committed to participate in a major initiative to improve health education and access to healthy foods on the Navajo Nation. The initiative, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), is being supported by a three-year, $3 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, awarded to the nonprofit organization Partners In Health (PIH). Bread Loaf has been named one of twenty coalition members working with PIH. “Through the Bread Loaf Teacher Network,” explains Director Emily Bartels, “we will establish four Community Health Outreach (REACH-CHO) Centers in Navajo high schools, providing training in digital and literacy skills for a select cohort of Navajo students. In turn, the students will work closely with PIH teams as community advocates and documentarians to carry the story of better health and food practices across the Navajo Nation. What better testimony to the power of youth and of the humanities can there be?”

Drew Lecturer and Other Upcoming Vermont Speakers

Recent Bread Loaf honorary Doctor of Letters degree recipient Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater in New York City, will deliver the 2015 Elizabeth Drew Lecture at Bread Loaf/Vermont. Eustis taught courses in theater at Bread Loaf from 1997 through 2000, and again in 2002-2003. This summer, he is serving as Visiting Artist at Vermont.

Returning to Bread Loaf in 2015 is poet Martín Espada, often called the Latino poet of his generation. Bread Loaf will also receive a visit from Haitian novelist, poet, journalist, and professor of French and Creole literature Lyonel Trouillot as part of the Middlebury Language Schools Centennial Celebration. Trouillot received a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2010 and won the Geneva Book Fair Literary Prize in 2012.

2015 Summer Theater at Bread Loaf Vermont

By pairing James Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie and Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Bread Loaf Theater Ensemble director Brian McEleney hopes to “illuminate some of the ways in which literature and theatre can provoke and facilitate discussion of contemporary political social issues.” Inspired by the ensemble’s tradition of classroom performance, McEleney expects that “the stripped-down productions will perform in alternating repertory, so that students and audiences can experience the ways in which the plays speak to each other in addressing both their historical moment and our own.”

Bread Loaf/Oxford Events

On-site director Emma Smith has spent a busy winter dreaming up special events for the 2015 summer session, from a poetry reading by award-winning Jamie McKendrick to a private viewing and reception at the Ashmolean Museum. A new series of research methods seminars will equip students with the tools necessary to conquer the Bodleian and astound colleagues and tutors at the Bread Loaf/Oxford graduate research conference (back this summer due to popular demand). Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, author of The Story of Alice, will help Bread Loafers partake in Oxford’s famous Alice Day celebrations. And for the all-school play, students will embark on a trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company for a groundbreaking performance of Othello (the RSC’s first with a black Iago).