BENNINGTON>> Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on Wednesday Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. on Tolstoy and the legacy of the great Russian novel with Williams College Professor Julie Cassiday. The talk will be held at The Bennington Museum.

Written at the end of a long and productive career in 1897, Tolstoy's essay "What is Art?" asks what place beauty, feelings, and morals have in the truly great and universal artwork. Why did Tolstoy reject the esthetic value of his own fiction? What does his ruthless moral resolve tell us about the great art he created?

Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit