MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — June marks the start of the 95th summer session of Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, a six-week residential summer graduate program under the directorship of Emily Bartels. Classes begin today at Bread Loaf’s Santa Fe, New Mexico, campus and on June 25 at the main campus in Ripton in the Green Mountains of Vermont. On the campus of Lincoln College at the University of Oxford in England, classes start on July 2.
Started in 1920, the Bread Loaf School of English offers an innovative, state-of-the-art graduate curriculum in the fields of literature and culture, pedagogy and literacy, creative writing, and theater arts. The program is tailored to K-12 English and language arts teachers, who make up 85 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.
Starting this June, more than 400 students from 38 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 13 countries will pursue continuing education, a Master of Arts, or a Master of Letters degree in English. They will study with a faculty of 46, in courses whose topics range from Chaucer to Calvino; Mexican American literature to global modernism; poetry to writing in a digital age; and acting in the classroom to film.
Studies will extend imaginatively beyond texts and classrooms. At Oxford, for example, students in a class on Shakespeare’s First Folio will take printing classes with a master printer. In Vermont, not only will equity actors of the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble come to classes to perform and prompt embodied interpretations of texts, they will also work with students on a production of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, the summer’s main production, directed by Brian McEleney.
Throughout the summer, Bread Loaf students will also enjoy a diverse co-curricular program of readings, lectures, panels, workshops, and other events. Across the campuses, guest speakers will include authors Jamaica Kincaid, Harriet Chessman, and Jess Row; first poet laureate of the Navajo Nation Luci Tapahonso; educator and former president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Kylene Beers; and poets Myrlin Hepworth, Jamie McKendrick, and Kate Clanchy.
Professors serving as guest speakers include David Schalkwyk, professor and director of Global Shakespeare at Queen Mary University of London; Fiona Mackintosh, director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama and fellow at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford; and Rebecca Beasley, fellow and tutor in English at Queen’s College, Oxford, and lecturer in English at Oxford.