Willa Cather's Prairie Landscapes
The European immigrant farmers in My Antonia and Cather's other novels fail nearly as often as they succeed. Amherst College professor Michele Barale examines the relation between Cather's art and her very tangible earth.
November 1 (Thursday)
Acclaimed historian and biographer David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Samuel de Champlain -soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New France. Sponsor: Lake Champlain Basin Program.
Monkeys, Mathematics, and Mischief: What Are the Lifelong Lessons of Education?
Why do we compartmentalize the humanities, arts, and sciences when they possess more in common than not? Author and Williams College professor of mathematics Edward Burger looks at how we can apply life lessons learned in math (and beyond) to see our world and ourselves more clearly. Sponsor: Northshire Bookstore
Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer
Actress and educator Sally Matson portrays Margaret Bourke-White, whose influential images of industry, war zones, and world leaders established her as a groundbreaking photographer in the 1930s to 1950s.
An Evening of George Gershwin
In this performance lecture,
The Marshall Plan Revisited
Mark A. Stoler, editor of George Marshall's papers and UVM professor emeritus, examines the Marshall Plan of the late 1940s and early 1950s, generally considered one of the most successful programs in the history of American foreign relations. Sponsor: Keelan Family Foundation
Religion and Identity in the Middle East
Former president of Kenyon and Carleton Colleges and religion scholar Rob Oden considers how constructs from the ancient Middle East inform Westerners' identity, the Middle East's transition to Islam, and what Islam shares with and how it departs from Judaism and Christianity.
What Women Want
Drawing on Buddhism, Jung, feminist writings, and her own work as a psychotherapist, author Polly Young-Eisendrath argues that most women don't know what they want because society has programmed them simply to want to present a desirable image.
The lectures are sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and hosted by the Mark Skinner Library, and are free of charge. They start at 7 p.m. and will be held at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village. For more information, call the library at 362-2607.