FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2007
CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, (802) 262-2626
Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture
Vermont Author Considers the Meaning of Help at Burlington's
Fletcher Free Library
Montpelier ~ Garrett Keizer, author of Help, will explore the many shades of that word in a talk at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington on January 2. His talk, "The Meaning of Help," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.
Whether a primal cry, the first word of a want ad, a song by the Beatles, or the reason Uncle Sam points at you, "help" has meant many things-but what exactly is it? Keizer will consider a small word with far-reaching implications for who we are and how we live.
Garret Keizer is the author of Help and four other books, and is a recent Guggenheim Fellow and a contributing editor for Harper's Magazine. His work has also appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Christian Century, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The Village Voice, and The Washington Post.
The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays Burlington series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. The diverse lecture series is also presented in Brattleboro at Brooks Memorial Library; in Manchester at First Congregational Church (hosted by Mark Skinner Library); in Middlebury at Ilsley Public Library; in Montpelier at Kellogg-Hubbard Library; at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum; and at Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport and Stanstead College in Stanstead, Quebec (in alternating months). The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public.
Upcoming Burlington talks include "Why Jung?" with Jungian analyst and author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath on February 6; "Searching for Early America: Reconstructing the Early Years of the New Nation" with UVM Professor Jacqueline Barbara Carr on March 5; and "The Importance of Being Oscar," an exploration of Oscar Wilde's legacy, with Dartmouth Professor Peter Saccio on April 2.
First Wednesdays is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries. Selected Burlington talks are sponsored by the University of Vermont and Paul Frank + Collins. Fletcher Free Library is sponsored by Friends of the Fletcher Free Library.
For more information, contact Fletcher Free Library at 802.863.3403 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.
The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters-of every background and in every community. The Council envisions a state in which every individual learns throughout life-a state in which all its citizens read, reflect, and participate in public affairs.
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