FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2008
CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, (802) 262-2626
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
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 McClaughry.
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
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.
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 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
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