Annual Events


Fall Family Weekend 2013 Schedule

Please note that the following schedule of events for Fall Family Weekend 2013 may be subject to change.

Please pick up the final program when you come to campus! Programs will be available at Bread Loaf throughout the weekend, at Kirk Alumni Center on Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM and in McCullough Student Center on Saturday from 7:30 AM to noon.

Thursday, October 10

12:30-1:20—Feeding America
Join Sophie Esser-Calvi ’03, MiddleburyFood and Farm Educator; Jay Leshinsky, President of the Board, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-Op; and David Dolginow, Head of Product Development, Sunrise Orchards, Founder of Shacksbury Cider for a panel discussion about sustainable food in a growing nation. Bring your own lunch and beverage if you’d like. Free, no tickets needed
Franklin Environment Center at Hillcrest, The Orchard (Room 103)

3:00–11:00 p.m.—Check In: Bread Loaf Accommodations

Bread Loaf Inn, Lobby

6:00 p.m.—Dinner and Conversation with Friends

The pre-performance dinner is back by popular demand! Before settling into the Concert Hall for an evening of piano music by Imogen Cooper, join fellow concertgoers for dinner and a creative conversation about the arts in our community.

Tickets: $25; on sale September 3 to PASS members; September 9 for Middlebury College ID card holders; and September 16 for the general public. Click here to go to the Box Office.

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby 

7:00 p.m.—Imogen Cooper, piano

Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest performers of the classical repertoire. Cooper’s epic Middlebury program features Schubert’s three final piano sonatas, opuses 958–960.

“Imogen Cooper has shown herself to be one of the interpretative élite... and one of the finest Schubertians in the world.” —International Record Review.

Due to the extended nature of this program, please note the early start time; complimentary refreshments will be served during the two intermissions. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6; on sale September 3 to PASS members; September 9 for Middlebury College ID card holders; and September 16 for the general public. Click here to go to the Box Office.

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Friday, October 11

7:00–9:00 a.m.—Breakfast for Bread Loaf Guests

Bread Loaf Inn, Dining Room

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.—Registration: Parent Welcome Center 

Kirk Center, Golf Course Road entrance,
 Route 30

8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.—Check In: Bread Loaf Accommodations

Bread Loaf Inn, Lobby

All Day—Open Classes

Choose any of the scheduled Friday classes that interest you and attend with or without your student. A complete listing of classes, times, and instructors will be available at the Parent Welcome Center and may be viewed online approximately a week or so before Fall Family Weekend.

If you wish to make an appointment with a particular professor, you may make arrangements through your student or by calling the appropriate academic department in advance.

For a list of open classes click here.

12:15 p.m.—Mummy Mysteries: The Story behind Ancient Egyptian Mummies and Artifacts in Small Museums and Universities

Melinda Nelson-Hurst of Tulane University presents the latest research into the history of ancient Egyptian collections from around the U.S., including those from New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Middlebury. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Presented as part of the series Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art. Sponsored by the Museum of Art, Director of the Arts, Committee on the Arts, and Departments of History of Art and Architecture and History.

Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders 

Middlebury College Museum of Art, CFA

12:30–CSE Friday Speaker Series: Building a Better World by Creating a Sustainable Business by Silvia Barretto-Croce P'14

For the CSE's second Friday Speaker Series event of the fall, Silvia Barretto-Croce will share the experience of converting the historic Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza (FAF) into an organic, diversified farm. She will discuss the inspiration, challenges and successes of this family-run business and how environmental protection and community economic development have helped to return life and financial sustainability to the Brazilian farm. For more information go to http://www.bobolinkcoffee.com/Coffee.asp.

Axinn Center 219

1:00–3:00 p.m.—Highlights from Library Special Collections and Archives

View an exhibit of Civil War letters written from September 1862 to June 1865 by Orlando French, a member of the 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, to his wife Lydia. Also on exhibit is Picturing Middlebury: Images from the College Archives. Conclude your visit in the Special Collections reading room to view a varied selection of rare books and unique manuscripts selected for Fall Family Weekend by our curators.

Davis Family Library, Special Collections & Archives Reading Room

1:00–4:00 p.m.—Organic Farm Open House

The Middlebury College Organic Farm is a three-acre plot of fruits, vegetables, and perennials stewarded by Middlebury students. The farm serves as an inclusive space that supports the holistic development of students by providing life skills, while promoting discourse surrounding pressing world food issues. At the farm, students are taught small-scale organic-farming practices that they will be able to use throughout their lives. The produce they grow is balanced between efficient, profitable crops and more labor intensive, less-productive crops grown for educational purposes. While planting rows of lettuce for Atwater Dining Hall or contemplating course work in our outdoor classroom, students not only come to understand the problems with industrial agriculture, but they also explore and help develop local, organic solutions.

The Organic Farm is located in the field a half mile behind Bicentennial Hall. Walk or drive down the hill (going west) from the college on Rte. 125 for a half mile. Take a right at the wooden sign that reads “Middlebury College Organic Farm.” If you are driving, you can leave your car at the sign and walk the short dirt road to the farm.

Middlebury College Organic Farm 

1:00–1:45 p.m.—Islamic Jummah Prayer Services

Al-Hedayah Muslim Student Center, Forest Hall Lower Level 

2:00–4:00 p.m. — Event Management Open House

Come learn what we do, what's happening around campus, and get answers to your questions about Commencement.

23 Adirondack Way

3:00 p.m.— Data Analysis, Experimental Economics, and the Liberal Arts

Come see Middlebury’s brand new data-analysis computer lab and learn how faculty are using this new facility to engage students in hands-on research and the development of data-analysis skills. You can participate in an actual experiment led by Assistant Professor of Economics Andrea Robbett. The experiment is designed to highlight a relatively new area of study in economics—how people actually behave given economic incentives. Rather than just learning about economic models of behavior (e.g., consumption, investment, production), this demonstration will illustrate how researchers can test such models using the experimental lab.

Davis Family Library, Room 140

3:00–6:00 p.m.— Marathon Reading of Homer's "Iliad"

Beginning Friday afternoon Oct. 11, at 3 p.m., the Middlebury College Classics Department will sponsor a marathon reading of Homer's "Iliad", in English using the Lattimore translation.  The "Iliad" is an epic Greek poem that recounts the siege of Troy and includes memorable allusions to ancient art, heroics of war and enduring literary images.  The reading, by both students and faculty, will continue through Oct. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. each morning on Saturday and Sunday until dusk each evening.  The reading will be held on the steps of the Middlebury College Library and is open and free to the public.

Davis Family Library, Library steps

4:00–5:00 p.m.—Panel: Careers In the Common Good: Putting Passion into Action

A networking opportunity for students to meet with parents who have high-impact careers in the public, nonprofit, social enterprise and environmental sectors working for the common good to improve social and environmental impacts locally and globally. Whether it's in government, social services, community development, advocacy for better school lunches or microfinance-this is an opportunity for our students to interact and network with professionals, promoting a deeper understanding of the different sectors while thinking about how to craft a career with a positive social impact.

Adirondack House, Coltrane Lounge

4:00–6:00 p.m.—Cook Commons Fall Family Festival

Join us on the lawn behind Forest Hall. Live music; FREE cider donuts; fresh, pressed hot apple cider; candy apples; pumpkin carving; and a petting zoo, featuring Vermont farm animals. All are welcome!

(Rain location: Forest West Lounge). Lawn behind Forest Hall

4:00 p.m.—Volleyball vs Amherst

Memorial Field House, Pepin Gymnasium

4:30 pm
—Paul W. Ward ’25 Memorial Prize

The awards ceremony for the Paul W. Ward ’25 Prize in Writing for the Class of 2013 will be held in Alexander Twilight Hall. The prize competition recognizes annually those first-year students who are judged by faculty to have produced outstanding essays in writing classes during that academic year. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research at 802.443.3131 or by e-mail at ctlr@middlebury.edu.

Alexander Twilight Hall, Room 101 

5:30 p.m.—Hillel Shabbat Service

Jewish Center, Freeman International Center 

8:00 p.m.—Catherine Cabeen—Hyphen

Hyphen is a contemporary dance company anchored in the choreography of dance faculty member Catherine Cabeen. Join us for an evening of interdisciplinary collaboration, investigating how collaboration can be used to build new movement vocabularies—shifting intersections of language, sound, color, emotion, and love—arising from the dancing body. “Highly kinetic, complex movement...visually exquisite...beautifully performed”—New York Times.

Stay for post-performance discussions with the artists both evenings.  Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Dance Program. Tickets: $20/15/6; on sale September 3 to PASS members; September 9 for Middlebury College ID card holders; and September 16 for the general public at the Box Office.

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

8:00 p.m.—
Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture by Eric Foner: "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery."

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of this country's most prominent historians. He received his doctoral degree at Columbia under the supervision of Richard Hofstadter. He is one of only two persons to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians, and one of a handful to have won the Bancroft and Pulitzer Prizes in the same year. Professor Foner has written a book called "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery." His book will be available for purchase and signing, immediately after his presentation.Free, no tickets needed.

Mead Chapel 

8:00–9:30 p.m.— MiddCORE Workshop: The Way of the Leader 

Explore the skills that allow leaders to chart their paths while inspiring others to come along. This workshop, led by persuasive communication Instructor, Mike Kiernan and MiddCORE Director Jessica Holmes, is open to students and their families. Space is limited. To sign up, email kmbenson@middlebury.edu.
Pre-registration required

Le Chateau 108

10:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.— Midnight Roller Skating!

Skates will be provided and most sizes will be available. Free

McCullough Social Space

Saturday, October 12

6:30–9:00 a.m.—Breakfast for Bread Loaf Guests

Bread Loaf Inn, Dining Room

7:30–9:00 a.m.
—Parents’ Fund Committee Breakfast

By invitation only. 

Kirk Center (Golf Course Road entrance, Route 30)

8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.—Check In: Bread Loaf Accommodations

Bread Loaf Inn

7:30 a.m.–
12:30 p.m.—Parents Welcome Center

Pick up the Fall Family Weekend schedule, your parent ID Cards, and enjoy some refreshments. We will be located on the first floor of McCullough Student Center, just outside of Crossroads Cafe.

McCullough Student Center, Crossroads Café first floor

8:30–9:45 a.m.—Programs Abroad Discussion

This session provides general information about study abroad, with a discussion of Middlebury’s study abroad program and how it is designed to integrate into a student’s overall academic experience. There will be time for questions. Presented by Liz Ross, associate dean, International Programs & Off-Campus Study.

McCullough Student Center, Social Space second floor

10:00–11:00 a.m.—Parents’ Panel: Careers In Finance For Liberal Arts Graduates

The Student Investment Committee and the Center for Careers and Internships present a lively panel discussion and networking event for all students interested in internships or jobs in finance. Parents who currently work in the field or who are curious about finance careers for their Middlebury students are encouraged to attend. Parent panelists desired! The Careers In Finance panel invites parents to provide career advice to students.   For more information and to volunteer please contact Don Kjelleren, Director of Career Services at dkjeller@middlebury.edu

McCullough Student Center, Social Space, second floor

11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.—Organic Farm Harvest Festival and Open House

We will be celebrating fall at the College Organic Farm with music and treats.

See Friday at 1:00 p.m. for directions to the farm.

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.—A Conversation with President Ronald D. Liebowitz

President Liebowitz will give a brief overview of Middlebury today, address issues of concern to parents, and take questions from the audience.

McCullough Student Center, Social Space, second floor

12:00–4:00 p.m.—Snow Bowl Open House and Ski Lift Ride

To Benefit the Middlebury College Volunteer Ski Patrol and Middlebury Community Care Coalition

Take a chair lift ride to the top of Worth Mountain and enjoy a breathtaking view! You’ll see Vermont dressed in fall splendor as a panoramic scene stretches from the Green Mountains to the Adirondacks across Lake Champlain.

Purchase of a ticket (adults $5, students and children 12 and under $2) includes a ride on the new Worth Mountain chairlift, music, mingling and more. There will be a barbecue in full swing all afternoon with food and drinks available for purchase. Proceeds will go to the Middlebury College Ski Patrol as well as the Middlebury Community Care Coalition. 

All are welcome to drive up on their own (just 20 minutes from campus), but Addison Country Transit (ACTR) shuttle buses (free to Midd students and $1 for all others) will also be available between Adirondack Circle and the Snow Bowl (to the Bowl: 11:25 am, 12:55 pm, 2:10 pm; back to the College: 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 4:00 pm).  The bus will stop at the Bread Loaf Inn for those wishing to depart or return from the Bread Loaf campus. The Ski Patrol would love to see you there!

Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Rt. 125, Hancock, VT

1:00–3:00 p.m.—Solar Decathlon Open House 

Take a tour of Self-Reliance, Middlebury College’s first student-built, net-zero, solar-powered home. Meet the 2013 Solar Decathlon team and talk about InSite, their new design for next year’s competition.  Vermont seasonal refreshments will be offered.

Self-Reliance is the black building located just behind Meeker House
off Rte. 30

1:30 p.m.—Football vs. Williams

Alumni Stadium 

1:30–3:30 p.m.—Open House: 118 South Main Street

Come see our brand new building which holds the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Community Engagement and the Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts.  Enjoy apple cider and other refreshments while learning about these exciting student programs and opportunities. Speak with faculty, staff and students and learn about what’s behind the programs’ growing presence on campus.

118 South Main Street (Rte.30)


2:00–4:00 p.m.—Tours of the Middlebury College Museum of Art 

Join our student docents on a tour of the permanent collection 
and special exhibitions. Tours will be continuous throughout 
this two-hour period.

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College Museum of Art

2:00–4:00 p.m.— Open House and Poster Session: Center for Careers and Internships

Stop by Adirondack House and meet our staff as well as some wonderful students who will host a Poster Session on their wildly diverse and awesome summer-funded internships—they are so looking forward to sharing their experiences with you!  Here at CCI, we help students explore their interests, develop skills, and gain experience through internships, research, and so much more. From advising students on the mechanics of resume and cover letter writing to helping them land the internship of their dreams, CCI plays a critical role in supporting Middlebury students as they learn to engage the world.

Adirondack House, on College Street, in between Forest and LaForce Halls

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.—Tours of the Middlebury College Museum of Art 

Join our student docents on a tour of the permanent collection 
and special exhibitions. Tours will be continuous throughout 
this two-hour period.

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College Museum of Art

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.— Open House: MiddCORE with Jessica Holmes

MiddCORE is Middlebury's leadership and innovation program that builds skills, creates opportunities and expands networks for tomorrow's leaders and innovators. Come to MiddCORE's open house to learn more about this exciting program and all that it has to offer.

20 Old Chapel Road (DKE House)

2:00 p.m.—Field Hockey vs. Trinity

Peter Kohn Field 

2:00 p.m.—Women's Soccer vs. Trinity

Dragone Track/Field 

2:30 p.m.—Men's Soccer vs. Trinity

South Street Fields

3:00 p.m.—Volleyball vs. Williams

Memorial Field House, Pepin Gymnasium 

3:00–5:00 p.m.—Debora Spar P’15, president of Barnard College 

Join President Spar as she discusses her new book: Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest For Perfection. Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, why are women still living in a man’s world? In her new book, Debora Spar examines how women’s lives have, and have not, changed over the past forty years. Wonder Women explores the new, and  increasingly complex, challenges facing women today; many of which stem inherently and inevitably from being female. This new book adds Spar’s voice to the  current debate over how far women have come, and how much more it will take before women achieve true equality for good. There will be a book signing and light refreshments by the water wall, immediately following the discussion.

Abernethy Room, Axinn Center at Starr Library

3:00 and 8:00 p.m.—Kon-Tiki

In order to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have crossed the sea and settled in the Polynesian islands, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl traversed the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. Kon-Tiki dramatizes Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile journey, with powerful visuals that range from “flying fish, electric eels that light up in the nocturnal waters, or simply the rapturously beautiful panoramic view of the tiny craft as a speck on the vast oceanscape.” —Roger Ebert.

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, UK/Norway/ Denmark/ Germany/ Sweden, 2012, 118 minutes.) Free.

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

8:30 p.m.—A Cappella Jamboree 

Join us as Middlebury’s a cappella groups take to the stage! Free. Tickets are not needed.

Mead Chapel

8:00 p.m.—Film: Kon Tiki

Please see Saturday at 3:00 p.m. for description. Free.

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

Sunday, October 13

7:00–9:00 a.m.—Breakfast for Bread Loaf Guests

Bread Loaf Inn, Dining Room

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. — Bread Loaf Information Desk Open

Bread Loaf Inn

10:00 a.m.—Ecumenical Christian Service 

This ecumenical Christian worship service is led by Chaplain Laurel Macaulay Jordan ’79, with the Middlebury College Choir.

Mead Chapel

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.—Organic Farm Open House

See Friday at 1:00 p.m. for a full description and directions.


11:00 a.m.—Hillel Bagel Brunch

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Middlebury College Hillel Jewish Center.

Jewish Center, Freeman International Center

1:00 p.m.—Field Hockey vs. Hamilton

Peter Kohn Field

2:00 p.m.—Men's Soccer vs. Hamilton

South Street Fields

2:30 p.m.—Women's Soccer vs. Hamilton

Alumni Stadium 

Monday, October 14 

7:00–9:00 a.m.—Breakfast for Bread Loaf Guests

Bread Loaf Inn, Dining Room

7:00–11:00 a.m.— Check-out for Bread Loaf Guests