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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture


UVM Professor and Former Deputy Secretary of State Debate Vermont
Secession at Newport's Goodrich Memorial Library




Montpelier ~ University of Vermont Professor Frank Bryan and former
Deputy Secretary of State Paul Gillies will debate whether the time has
come for a Second Republic of Vermont at Goodrich Memorial Library on
June 4. The event, "The Great Debate: Is it Time for a Second Vermont
Republic?" is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays
lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m. (This talk was rescheduled
from March 5 due to weather.)


Americans, including New Englanders, have periodically contemplated
secession since the Union began. Frank Bryan and Paul Gillies will
consider this question from Vermont's perspective in an informative and
good-spirited debate moderated by Ethan Allen Institute President John


Frank Bryan is the author of Real Democracy: The New England Town
Meeting and How it Works, and teaches in the Political Science
Department at the University of Vermont. Paul Gillies is partner in the
law firm of Tarrant, Marks & Gillies. He served as Deputy Secretary of
State of Vermont from 1981-1993.

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.  


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


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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