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Jack Mayer

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Jack Mayer is a Vermont writer and retired pediatrician.  His first practice was on the Canadian border where he began writing poems about his practice and hiking Vermont’s Long Trail.  He was a cancer researcher at Columbia University from 1987 – 1991. He returned to Vermont as a primary care pediatrician and established Rainbow Pediatrics in Middlebury in 1991.  Dr. Mayer retired in 2021. He was an Instructor in Pediatrics (UVM) and pre-med advisor (Middlebury College).

Dr. Mayer participated in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 2003, 2005 (fiction) and 2008 (poetry).  He has written four books, Life In A Jar: The Irena Sendler Project and Before The Court Of Heaven, a poetry collection Poems From The Wilderness ( Proverse 2019, Winner of the Proverse Prize) and his second collection of poems, Entanglements: Physics, Love, And Wilderness Dreams (Proverse 2022) which reflects his interest in the physics and metaphysics of cosmology and the primacy of relationships.

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Talks by Jack Mayer

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How Did Germany’s Weimar Democracy Become the Third Reich?

Jack Mayer recounts the origins of the Third Reich through the story of Ernst Werner Techow, a right-wing assassin who reversed his politics while on trial for his life.

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Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

Dr. Jack Mayer tells the story of Irena Sendler, a Holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto.

Vermont Humanities*** July 6, 2016