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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2007
CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, (802) 262-2626 

Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

Champlain College Professor Considers Robert Frost's Public Persona 
and Private Life at Stanstead College


Montpelier ~ Champlain College Professor Nancy Nahra will compare the public image of poet Robert Frost with the private life behind his poems in a talk at Stanstead College's Pierce Hall on December 5. The talk, "Who Was Robert Frost?" is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

The Frost readers think of in his poems does not always match the picture found in his biographies. Dr. Nahra will present a surprising portrait of Frost that comes from looking at his life-not his poems.

Dr. Nahra is Director of the Honors Program at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont and holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is also visiting Professor of Humanities at John Cabot University in Rome.

The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. The series alternates between Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport and Stanstead College in Stanstead, Quebec. First Wednesdays is also presented in Brattleboro at Brooks Memorial Library; in Burlington at Fletcher Free Library; in Manchester at First Congregational Church (hosted by Mark Skinner Library); in Middlebury at Ilsley Public Library; in Montpelier at Kellogg-Hubbard Library; and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public.  

Upcoming Newport-Stanstead talks include "Queen Elizabeth I: Woman Monarch in a Man's World" with retired Bishop's University Professor Joanne Craig on January 2 (Newport); "Going to War in Shakespeare: Olivier, Branagh, and Henry V" with Dartmouth Professor Peter Saccio on February 6 (Stanstead); and "The Great Debate: Is it Time for a Second Vermont Republic?" a debate between UVM Professor Frank Bryan and former Deputy Secretary of State Paul Gillies on March 5 (Newport).

The Newport-Stanstead series is sponsored by Donner Canadian Foundation. First Wednesdays in Newport is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

For more information, contact Goodrich Memorial Library at 802.334.7902, Stanstead College at 819.876.7891 x270, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit

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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