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We invite alumni and friends of the Language Schools to join us for events throughout the summer.

All events will be livestreamed on the Middlebury Language Schools YouTube Channel.

Webinar Schedule


Dr. Takako Aikawa: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  

1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

"The role of technology in the age of remote instruction"

Aikawa will discuss technology in Japanese language education.


Clémentine Dubost: Pianist; Guillaume Gibert: Guitarist  

4:45-5:30 p.m. EDT

Rendez-vous musicaux (Musical encounters)

In each of the 4 episodes, Dubost and Gibert will present a musical piece in French and will follow-up with a performance. Afterwards, there will be a short Q&A session.

Japanese/ Russian

Minister Akira Imamura: Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in Canada  

1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Russian School Alumni talks about his life as a diplomat, his translated book “The Magical Chorus” by Solomon Volkov, and his time at Middlebury.


Mr. Tyler Rasch: TV personality  

7:30-9:00 p.m. EDT

"Korean Media and Entertainment World"

Rasch will have a conversation about the Korean Media and Entertainment World (conversation will be in Korean).


Zhuoyi Wang  

1:00-2:00 pm EDT

This talk will review renowned Hong Kong director Tsui Hark’s long career with a focus on several of his films, including Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1980), Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983), A Better Tomorrow III: Love & Death in Saigon (1989), Once Upon a Time in China I & II (1991 & 1992), and The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014). It will demonstrate how Tsui uses his signature skills to construct alluring cinematic shapes for a liminal and diasporic “Chinese” heroism, and how the liminality reflects Tsui’s personal and artistic navigation across multiple national and ideological borders.


School of Abenaki Presentation  

7:00–8:00 p.m. EDT

"Wôbanaki Kimzowi Lintowôganal"

Jesse Bruchac, Director of the School of Abenaki, will lead a performance in the School’s pilot summer.

All Schools

Career Panel  

6:30–7:30 p.m. EDT

Per Urlaub: Associate Dean of Language Schools

Urlaub will moderate a panel of four Middlebury Language Schools alumni and discuss how students use language in their career paths.


Bianca Santana: Brazilian activist, journalist and writer  

5:00–6:00 p.m. EDT

“When I found out I was Black”

Lecture will be live from São Paulo, Brazil. Santana received the Jabuti Prize of Literature.


Iciar Bollaín: Spanish Film Director  

1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT

The School of Spanish will have a dialogue with the Spanish film director.


Dr. Driss Ouaouicha: Moroccan Minister of Higher Education  

5:00–6:15 p.m. EDT

"Moroccan Culture and Education"

Ouaouicha will give a lecture in Arabic and have a question/answer session. 


Music by Abby Washburn  

7:30 p.m. EDT

Musical Performance

Abigail pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody’s ever heard before. Having toured the world, Washburn is also armed with Chinese language ability and profound connections to culture and people on the other side of the Pacific. Washburn is one of the few foreign artists currently touring China independently and regularly.


Gayageum Workshop  

7:00 pm EDT

Korean string ensemble performance.


Theater Performance  

7:00 p.m. EDT

The German School will hold their Theater Performance production by Zoom.


Concerto Live de Música Brasileira da Escola de Português  

4:00 pm EDT

The Portuguese School at Middlebury Language Schools of Middlebury College celebrates the end of their 2020 online program! We are honored to present the Concerto Live de Música Brasileira da Escola de Português. Hosted by the director of Portuguese School Luci Moreira, and curated by artists and guitarists Richard Miller and Viviane Baptista, this concert celebrates the Portuguese School achievements and the music of the Portuguese-speaking world, including musicians from: Brazil, Portugal, Russia, and The United States.


المدرسة العربية بكلية ميدلبري صيف ٢٠٢٠ (Identity and Cultural Diversity Panel)  

12:00 pm-2:15 pm EDT

*Language Pledge Suspended*

This presentation will consider the questions of what are the immediate, intermediate, advanced and metaphysical goals of language teaching. Do teachers and students have to agree on the metaphysics of learning the mentality and operational codes of target language culture? How can the design of content-based language instruction contribute to separation/ alienation or understanding/ empathy? How are such choices made? What are the factors that appear to be most influential in selecting the strategies of foreign language teaching? How does one measure success?
These questions will be pondered in the current context of centrifugal political and social dynamics and the challenges presented to academia by Covid-19 related restrictions and concerns.

German & Japanese

Translation Conference/Series in Partnership with the PEN Institute  

1:30 pm-2:45 pm EDT

Join us for Week 13 of Translating the Future as we continue our series of conversations between translators with Lightning in a Bottle: A Case Study of Publishing Literary Translation,” featuring Yoko Tawada with Margaret Mitsutani, Susan Bernofsky, Barbara Epler, Jeffrey Yang & Rivka Galchen, moderated by Stephen Snyder.

What makes a successful book in translation? Have you ever wondered how many people are involved in various stages and how many pieces need to fall into place for an astonishing work of literary translation to make it into the hands and hearts of readers? Featuring Yoko Tawada with Margaret Mitsutani, Susan Bernofsky, Barbara Epler, Jeffrey Yang & Rivka Galchen, moderated by Stephen Snyder. Sponsored by Middlebury Language Schools.
Click here to register for this event and for the link to the livestream. Free and open to the public, the livestream will start at Tue, August 4th, at 1:30 PM (EDT).

The conversations will be hosted by Esther Allen & Allison Markin Powell. *Viewers can submit questions during the livestreaming at