Alternative Spring Break Trip to Montgomery, Alabama

Join students, faculty, and staff for an Alternative Spring Break trip to Montgomery, Alabama, March 21-29, 2015. 

***See up--to-the-minute blog posts and photos from the group during the trip.

The trip will mark the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery which played an important role in confronting the injustices facing African Americans, especially in the South. It occurred between the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  20 Middlebury College students participated in that march, and this trip honors their activism.

The trip will include:

  • Hands-on community service work with Habitat for Humanity;
  • Visits to local historic sites, civil rights organizations and religious institutions, all of which played significant roles in the Civil Rights movement;
  • Conversations with guest speakers and among ourselves to deepen our understanding of this important time in American Civil Rights history;
  • Exploring today's civil rights challenges and planning our own activist responses to them.

The trip is highly subsidized by generous alumni gifts and by the College.  Student cost is $250, which includes transportation, housing, and most meals.  Space is limited. 

Click here to complete an application for the trip.

Please contact Ira Schiffer (ischiffe@middlebury.edu) with questions.





Mary Montgomery Koppel '04

Mary Montgomery


Mary Montgomery Koppel (b. 1982), composer, teacher, and soprano, is a doctoral candidate in composition at Boston University's School of Music, and holds a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and a Diplôme from l'Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. She has studied composition with Su Lian Tan, Evan Bennett, Michel Merlet, Allen Shawn, Theodore Antoniou, Martin Amlin, Richard Cornell, and Ketty Nez.   Before coming to Boston, she taught at Bennington College, where she also founded and conducted a chamber choir. She is a founding member and composer-in-residence of the Lorelei ensemble, a women’s vocal group specializing in new and early music, engaged in commissioning composers from the US, Canada, and Europe.   She currently teaches theory and composition at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts as well as at Boston University. Her works have been played by the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III, and various chamber ensembles in Paris, Vermont, and Boston. Current projects include an opera set in WWII-era Hong Kong.