West Point professor considers semtimentality and war


MANCHESTER >> West Point English professor Elizabeth Samet will discuss how sentimental values can distort perceptions of war in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church on May 4 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "Sentimental Journeys: Literature and Long Wars," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.

Few human endeavors more thoroughly intensify and confuse the relationship between reason and affection than does war. In this talk, Professor Samet will consider how sentimentality about country and war holds important implications for policymakers, combatants, and the public.

Dr. Samet is a Professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Her books include "Willing Obedience: Citizens, Soldiers, and the Progress of Consent in America, 1776-1898" and "Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature through Peace and War at West Point."

The 2015-16 First Wednesdays series in Manchester concludes with "The Wyeths: First Family of American Art" with Shelburne Museum director Thomas Denenberg on June 1 (rescheduled from January).

The National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the statewide underwriters of First Wednesdays.

Manchester Community Library is sponsored by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Café, and Vermont Renewable Fuels.

For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.


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