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This summer roughly 380 students from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and 6 countries will pursue continuing graduate education, a Master of Arts, or a Master of Letters degree at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English.

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Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English Begins Summer Sessions

June 14, 2018


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — June marks the start of the 99th summer session of the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English, a six-week residential summer graduate program under the directorship of Emily Bartels. Classes begin on June 18 at Bread Loaf’s Santa Fe, New Mexico, campus. On June 27 classes start both at the campus of Lincoln College at the University of Oxford in England and at the School of English’s main campus in Ripton, Vermont.

Founded in 1920, the Bread Loaf School of English offers a graduate curriculum in the fields of literature, pedagogy and literacy, creative writing, and theater arts. The program is tailored to K–12 English and language arts teachers, who make up about 75 percent of the student body; its faculty come from leading colleges and universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. The school aims to provide in six weeks a full-time, intensive educational experience, enriched by the local culture at each campus.

Students at the Bread Loaf School of English enjoy a meal in the dining hall at the Ripton, Vt., campus.

A total of roughly 380 students from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and six countries will pursue continuing graduate education, a Master of Arts, or a Master of Letters degree in English. This year, Bread Loaf inaugurates a new partnership with the Academy for Teachers that will bring three New York City teachers to Bread Loaf. On the Vermont campus, the Bread Loaf Teacher Network will bring together a diverse and talented cohort of youth, the Next Generation Youth Leadership Network, funded by the Ford Foundation, catalyzing their efforts to promote social equity and excellence.

Bread Loaf students will study with a faculty of 45, in courses on African American poetry, American realism, Shakespeare, Beowulf, disability literature, creative nonfiction, film, queer pedagogies, and European and Victorian novels, to name only a few. New offerings will spotlight poetry and the graphic arts, oral history and solo performance, gender and sexuality in North American native literature, ancient prose fiction, the city in 20th-century texts, and “how to be a literary and cultural critic.”

Studies will extend imaginatively beyond texts and classrooms. Throughout the summer, Bread Loaf students will enjoy a diverse cocurricular program. Guest speakers will include U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, prize-winning novelist Justin Torres, performance artist Whitney White, Jane Austen authority and Princeton professor Claudia Johnson, and Middlebury President Laurie Patton. In Vermont, the Acting Ensemble, under the direction of Brian McEleney, will work with students to stage an adaptation of Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, and the Kronos Quartet will start the summer off on a musical notee. Other events across the campuses include letterpress and theater workshops, research symposia, films, panels, opera, and theater trips. 

More information is available at www.middlebury.edu/blse, 802-443-5418, or blse@breadnet.middlebury.edu


Photos by Brett Simison