FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2012
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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

Keene State Professor Examines Life in Prewar Nazi Germany at Rutland Free Library


Rutland ~ Keene State College professor Paul Vincent will consider the methods used by the Nazi regime to influence German society prior to World War II in a talk at Rutland Free Library on January 2. His talk, "Daily Life in Prewar Nazi Germany," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

Focusing on the prewar experience of non-Jewish citizens, Dr. Vincent will examine how ideology and terror undermined human dignity, numbed self-awareness, and atomized German society.

Dr. C. Paul Vincent is Professor of Holocaust Studies and History at Keene State College and chairs the baccalaureate program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He is the author of two books: The Politics of Hunger: The Blockade of Germany, 1915-1919 (Ohio University Press, 1985) and A Historical Dictionary of Germany's Weimar Republic, 1918-1933 (Greenwood Press, 1997).

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 Rutland are held at Rutland Free Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in Rutland include "McKibben on Climate Change" with author and environmentalist Bill McKibben on February 6; "Fiction's Getting to the Truth: Chris Bohjalian's The Sandcastle Girls, Family History, and Armenian Genocide" with acclaimed novelist Chris Bohjalian on March 6; and "Literary Paris: the 1920s in the City of Light" with Dartmouth professor Barbara Will on April 3.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. Rutland Free Library is sponsored by Friends of the Rutland Free Library and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

For more information, contact Rutland Free Library at 802.773.1860, 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); Essex Junction (at Brownell 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); and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public.

Rutland First Wednesdays listing

First Wednesdays Brochure

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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