October 6-7th, 2018

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Tentative schedule for the weekend

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

8:15am – 1pm Check-in for Saturday morning arrivals, Dunbar Hall Foyer Sterling swag (sweatshirts, t-shirts, coffee mugs, ponchos, and more!) will also be available 

8:30 – 9:15 Breakfast is served! | Dunbar Dining Hall

9:00  10 Student Naturalist Ecology Walk with AnnaLisa Mayer | Meet on Kane Porch

9:00 – 10 Student Weaving Demonstration with Genevieve Gorjance | Rural Arts Center

10:00 Hot beverages and donuts served! | Dunbar Dining Hall

10:15 – 10:25 Welcoming Remarks, President Matthew Derr

10:30 – 11:30 The impact of the Sterling experience, an Alumni Panel for Parents & Families | The Common House

10:30 – 1  Stop by the Common and visit the Craftsbury Farmers Market, featuring Vermont musician Jon Gailmor!

11:45 – 12:30 Lunch is served! | Dunbar Dining Hall

1:30 – 2:30 Draft animal demonstration with Rick Thomas, Faculty in Sustainable Agriculture | Alfond Barn

3:00 – 4:00 Garden & Livestock Tour with Todd Newlin, Garden Manager, and Gwyneth Harris, Farm Manager | Leaving from the 1958 Room

3:00 – 4:00 Forest Walk in the Virginia Russell Sugarbush with David Gilligan | Leaving from the 1958 Room

2:30-3:30 Student Weaving Demonstration with Genevieve Gorjance | Rural Arts Center

1 – 4 Get up in the air on the ropes course with Anne Morse, faculty of Outdoor Education.

1 – 2:50 Join the Open House group for a fun and comprehensive walk all over campus and learn about each of Sterling’s majors while you visit the farm, library, and enjoy faculty presentations.

4:15 – 5:30 Family Reception — You are invited to a reception at Cedar Cottage, residence of President Matthew Derr.

5:30 Harvest Dinner | Dunbar Dining Hall

6:30 Special Event: Celebrating Judith Jones and the Judith and Evan Jones Food Library at Sterling College | The 1958 Room, Simpson Hall 

Major contributors to the world of food, Judith and Evan Jones were on the forefront of what was current and relevant in food writing from the late 1950s until 2015. Judith Jones’ editorial skills brought Julia Child, Lydia Bastianich and Edna Lewis, to name only a few, onto the American culinary stage. Evan Jones wrote the seminal, “American Food” and “The World of Cheese”.

Marian Burros, Sterling College Trustee, will introduce the evening. Marian is a cookbook author and had a long career as an esteemed food columnist for The New York Times and a food editor for The Washington Post.

Sara Franklin, Judith Jones biographer, will speak about Judith Jones’ contribution to the publishing world, as an editor, writer, and gourmand. Sara is a writer, oral historian, and journalist. Her work primarily focuses on the culture of food, and the people who make, grow, and write about it. She teaches at New York University’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study and via NYU’s Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility.

Bronwyn Jones Dunne, Evan and Judith Jones’ daughter and stepdaughter, is a food writer, cooking educator, and friend to Sterling College. She will talk about the fun of growing up in a family where food was the major topic of conversation.


Sunday, October 7th, 2018

11:00 am Brunch is served! | Dunbar Dining Hall

12:00 pm Special Event: Contextualizing the Migration ‘Crisis’: Patterns, Practices, and Protests | The 1958 Room, Simpson Hall

The topic of migration commands a central role in contemporary policy debates, social activism, and local, national, and international media. Sterling College invites the public explore the scope, impacts, and activism related to current migration. Serin’s presentation will situate contemporary migrant justice activism in the United States against the backdrop of contemporary global migration flows and the criminalization of movement.

Serin Houston is an assistant professor of Geography and International Relations at Mount Holyoke College. She has a longstanding connection with Sterling, having lived in the dorms as an infant and grown up as a faculty kid.


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