Blake announces two Donaldson Sabbatical recipients for the 2019-20 school year.
The Frank Donaldson Faculty Development Sabbatical Program was established in 1992 to provide support for Blake faculty and allow them to undertake and present significant sabbatical projects. In addition to salary support, the program provides a project stipend.
Mike Bazzett, Upper School English
Mike Bazzett's translation of the Mayan creation story, The Popol Vuh was listed in the New York Times Best Poetry of 2018. Next fall, Bazzett will visit high schools and universities around the country to speak about the translation and to observe students studying the text. These visits will offer him the opportunity to see "how the work is taught, how it resonates with different audiences, and how the translation is situated in various curricula," expanding in turn the ways in which he teaches the translation at Blake. Bazzett will also tackle in earnest his next book, a memoir on teaching and pedagogy tentatively titled "The Act of Disappearing." A draft chapter from the book won the Bechtel Prize from Teachers and Writers Collaborative in 2008. This year is Bazzett's nineteenth at Blake, where he has served as a department chair, Forum advisor, mentor, and indefatigable member of too many committees to count.
Brian Sago, Upper School Art
This year, Brian Sago was named a finalist for the McKnight Fellowship, a new art award conferred by the Highpoint Center for Printmaking. During his fall sabbatical, Sago will concentrate on expanding his recent body of prints to develop a portfolio that more fully reflects the scope of skill of his practice beyond the classroom. Sago has taught at Blake for 10 years in both the Middle and Upper Schools. When not walking the halls in a suit of armor, he has co-chaired the arts department, steered ISACS subcommittees and collaborated with colleagues in science, social studies and service learning on a series of stellar interdisciplinary projects.
Photo credits: Star Tribune (Mike Bazzett) and Parker Michels-Boyce (Brian Sago)