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Middlebury Professor Considers How to Discuss Difficult Topics

Image of man with bullhornEssex Junction ~ Middlebury political scientist Sarah Stroup will consider how we can engage in productive conversations on sensitive topics in a talk at Brownell Library in Essex Junction on March 6 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, “Arguing about Civility,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Stroup’s talk will focus on two questions for both local and national discourse: What topics are suitable for public discussion? And how can we facilitate productive disagreements? She will explore how to deliberate hot topics in ways that are respectful and ultimately helpful.

Stroup teaches international relations at Middlebury College. She went to college at Dartmouth and received her political science PhD from UC Berkeley. In her research, Sarah focuses on international NGOs, human rights, and humanitarian relief. Among her publications, she has two books on NGOs, Borders Among Activists (2012) and The Authority Trap (2017), both from Cornell University Press. This past year, Stroup became faculty director of the new initiative at Middlebury, the Engaged Listening Project, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Essex Junction are held at Brownell Library unless otherwise noted. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. See the full schedule of Essex Junction First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“Arguing about Civility” is presented in partnership with Middlebury College and the Mellon Foundation.

Brownell Library is sponsored by Brownell Library Foundation, Inc., The Essex Agency, Inc.Kolvoord, Overton & Wilson P.C.; Northfield Savings Bank; and RETN.

For more information, contact Brownell Library at 802.878.6955 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.