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Middlebury Professor Examines Evolution of the Single-Family Home

Manchester ~ Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin will look at how the idea of the single-family home has changed through America’s history in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester on January 8 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, Reinventing the Family Home,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Sassin will examine how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.

Sassin completed her PhD in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University in 2012. Her teaching examines the intersection and co-dependence of the worlds of fine art, design, and architecture in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and housing reform and identity politics in architecture in particular. She teaches courses with subject matter as varied as the architecture and urbanism of Berlin, nationalism and identity in Central European architecture, the American Home, methods and theories in architectural design, and architectural utopias from St. Augustine to the present.

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 Manchester are held at First Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Manchester Community Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Manchester First Wednesdays talks. and

The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“Reinventing the Family Home” is presented in partnership with Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Manchester Community Library is sponsored by Mystic Café and Wine Bar, Spring & Harbor Boutique, and Union Underground.

For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities

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