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Middlebury Professor Examines Timeless Novel Their Eyes Were Watching God

Image of woman's eye and faceSt. Johnsbury ~ Middlebury College professor Will Nash will discuss the enduring relevance of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God in a talk at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on March 6 at 7:00 pm. His talk, The Power of the Journey in Their Eyes Were Watching God,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Hurston’s landmark novel tells the story of Janie Mae Crawford’s journey from adolescence to maturity, from dependence to autonomy, and most importantly, from silence to speech. Nash will examine Janie’s timeless and profoundly relevant journey.

Copies of the novel will be available for reading before or following the talk. Please inquire at the Athenaeum front desk.

Nash is Professor of American Studies and English at Middlebury College.  He is the author of Charles Johnson’s Fiction and co-editor of Charles Johnson: The Novelist as Philosopher. The recipient of three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Nash is currently working on a study of the function of scrapbooks in the struggle to abolish American chattel slavery.

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 St. Johnsbury are held at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of St. Johnsbury 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.

The First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series in St. Johnsbury is underwritten by St. Johnsbury Academy.

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is sponsored by Adler and McCabe, PLC and Friends of the Athenaeum.

For more information, contact St. Johnsbury Athenaeum at 802.748.8291 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.