FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2010
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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

PTSD Expert Looks at War's Effect on Returning Soldiers at Norwich Congregational Church


Norwich ~ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Expert Dr. Edward Tick will discuss the damage war does to the psyche and consider how communities can help returning soldiers in a talk at Norwich Congregational Church on December 1. The talk, "War and the Soul: Transforming our Communities to Heal our Veterans," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Tick will draw from soldiers' stories from World War I to Iraq to illustrate the trauma of war, and look at the role communities can play in healing soldiers after they return home.

Dr. Tick is an expert on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A practicing psychotherapist for more than 25 years, he is a nationally recognized authority on the psychological, spiritual, historical, and cultural aspects of war in the healing of PTSD. He is director of the Soldier's Heart Clinic in Troy, New York.

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. Talks in Norwich are held at Norwich Congregational Church and are hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society. 

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial Library); Burlington (at Fletcher Free Library); Manchester (at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library); Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Montpelier (at Kellogg-Hubbard Library); Newport (at Goodrich Memorial Library); Rutland (at Rutland Free Library); and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public.  

Upcoming Norwich talks include "Einstein's Century: 1905-2005" with Middlebury professor Susan Watson on January 5; "John Milton, Marriage and Friendship" with Dartmouth professor Tom Luxon on February 2; and "The Importance of Being Oscar" with Dartmouth professor Peter Saccio on March 2.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. 

Norwich Public Library is sponsored by The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Friends of the Norwich Public Library, Harbor Mountain Press, Mascoma Savings Bank, and Norwich Historical Society.

For more information, contact Norwich Public Library at 802.649.1184, 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 strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.

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