Dan O'Brien ’96, a playwright and poet, and Jessica St. Clair ’98, a comedian and writer, join President Patton for our final check in with the community during COVID-19 self-isolation. Dan and Jessica are a true power couple in the arts that met in a Middlebury improv group. They discuss Dan's magazine essay "Life Shrinks: Lessons from Chemo Quarantine," how reopening the country feels a lot like remission, and how their art is evolving to reflect the pandemic.
In this episode, Dick Clay, a student at the Bread Loaf School of English, shares his story of recovering from COVID-19. Dick discusses when the seriousness of the virus hit him, the "wilderness path to recovery," and how he will process this experience through writing.
In this episode, we hear from Jodie Keith and Jacque Bergevin, who have been working with custodial services to keep our Vermont campus safe and clean. Jodie and Jacque share what campus has been like since the students left: what it's like to schedule hourly sanitation of buildings, how every day feels like an empty Saturday morning, and that the infamous Middlebury squirrels have lost a bit of weight.
By Middlebury Magazine Staff Photography by Bob HandelmanJune 1, 2020
In this episode, we hear from the actor and comedian, Alyssa Limperis '12. Alyssa talks with President Patton about why her shtick has always been "pandemic humor," what it's like to make videos in quarantine, and how joining a Middlebury improv group was her turning point. We also hear from her favorite characters: Mom and an avid Patriots fan.
By Middlebury Magazine Staff Photograph by Max S. GerberMay 27, 2020