Talk on Greek Tragedies in Essex

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2011
CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, 802.262.2626 x302

Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

UVM Professor Considers History of Greek Tragedies at Essex Junction’s Brownell Library


Essex Junction ~ Philip Ambrose, Classics Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, will delve into the roots of theatrical Greek tragedy in a talk at Essex Junction’s Brownell Library on January 4. His talk, “Once There Were Greek Tragedies, and Then . . .” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

Ambrose will consider the performances of tragedies in the context of Athens’s communal life and the process by which they became the foundation for the Western literary tradition.

Ambrose joined the UVM Classics Department in 1962. He served as Chair from 1973 to 1992 and again from 2000 until retiring in 2006. During that time he taught a wide range of courses at all levels of Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization. Professor Ambrose is the 2006 recipient of the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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 takes place in Essex Junction for the first time in 2011-2012, moving from its previous venue at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. The talks are held at Brownell Library unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Essex Junction talks include “The Unseen Alistair Cooke” with Susan Cooke Kittredge on February 1; “The 2012 Presidential Campaign” with former ABC News correspondent Barrie Dunsmore on March 7; and “Competition and Collaboration: Painting in Early Renaissance Florence” with Middlebury College professor Katy Smith Abbott on April 3 (held on a Tuesday).

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. Brownell Library is sponsored by Brownell Library Foundation, Brownell Library Trustees, and Friends of Brownell Library.

For more information, contact Brownell Library at 802.878.6955 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial 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); Norwich (at Norwich Congregational Church, hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society); Rutland (at Rutland Free Library); and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. 

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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