FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2007
CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, (802) 262-2626
Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture
Lyndon State Professor Considers Tradition and Reform in Vermont
at Middlebury's Ilsley Public Library
Montpelier ~ Vermont has always considered itself a special community, but what does it really mean to be a Vermonter? Professor Paul Searls will consider this question and its implications in a talk at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on January 2. His talk, "The Two Vermonts: Then and Now," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.
Searls will examine the cultural and political perspectives that have long existed between "uphill" farmers married to tradition, and "downhill" villagers and urbanites working for reform - and the rub, as well as the possibilities, between the two.
Searls teaches American history at Lyndon State College and the University of Vermont. He received a Ph.D. from New York University, and is the author of Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910.
The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays Middlebury series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks are held at Ilsley Public Library. First Wednesdays is also presented in Burlington at Fletcher Free Library; in Brattleboro at Brooks Memorial Library; in Manchester at First Congregational Church (hosted by Mark Skinner 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 Middlebury talks include "Book Clubs, Tupperware and Oprah" with UVM Professor Sarah Turner on February 6; "How the Romans Influenced the Founding Fathers" with retired Dartmouth Classics Professor Edward Bradley on March 5; and "The Great Camps of the Adirondacks" with Vermont State Curator David Schutz on April 2.
First Wednesdays is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries. The Middlebury series is sponsored by Goodrich Corporation. Ilsley Public Library is sponsored by Friends of Ilsley Public Library.
For more information, contact the Ilsley Public Library at 802.388.4095 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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