Peter Saccio to Talk at Brooks Memorial Library

Dartmouth professor Peter Saccio will look at the education of Shakespeare's character Hamlet in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on December 2. His talk, "Hamlet Contemplates the Bust of Aristotle, or Was the Prince's Education of Any Use to Him?" is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

Amidst Shakespeare's heroes, we know only where Hamlet studied. In this unique approach to a classic play, Saccio asks what value a college education has for a man whose father dies and whose mother marries an uncle he detests.

Saccio is Leon D. Black Professor of Shakespearean Studies at Dartmouth College. Author of Shakespeare's English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama, he is a recipient of the Huntington Award for Outstanding Teaching. His lectures are featured by the Teaching Company.

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 are held at Brooks Memorial Library.

Upcoming Brattleboro talks include "Projecting Leadership: Art Used for Political Ends" with Dartmouth art historian Jane Carroll on January 6; "Horses Like Lightning: A Story of a Passage through the Himalayas" with Dartmouth anthropologist Sienna Craig on February 3; and "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" with award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns on March 3.

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Burlington (at Fletcher Free Library); Manchester (at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library); Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Montpelier (at Kellogg-Hubbard Library); Newport/Stanstead, Quebec (at Goodrich Memorial Library and Stanstead College, in alternating months); 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 Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. First Wednesdays is also supported by The Preservation Trust of Vermont.

Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Entergy Vermont, Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, and Windham World Affairs Council of Vermont.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 254-5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 262-2626 or info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

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