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  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. Today we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council and a speaker in their First Wednesdays lecture series. Haviland Smith, Former CIA Chief of Counterterrorism, will be talking about "Dealing with Foreign Terrorism" in Montpelier, Vermont on Wednesday, March 4.

He will examine the history of foreign terrorism directed against US interests, our policy for dealing with it, and how we might do better. He joins us along with Sylvia Plumb, Vermont Humanities Director of Communications.

  

  Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides (The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, The Marriage Plot) has been called a “great American writer” (Los Angeles Times Book Review) and “a master of voice” (Washington Post).

Eugenides will deliver the annual William Gifford Lecture at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY on Tuesday, October 28, at 6 pm in the Villard Room of Main Building. Sponsored by the English Department and the William Gifford Fund for Writers-in-Residence, this lecture is free and open to the public. 

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    Critically acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen will deliver this fall’s Frances Steloff Lecture at Skidmore at 8 p.m. tonight.

The reading and discussion, titled “Jonathan Franzen: The Novel and the World,” will be in Gannett Auditorium of Palamountain Hall.

The program will include the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Franzen; a book signing by the author will follow the formal program. Franzen’s books will be available for sale.

George Mitchell was appointed to the United States Senate in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of Senator Edmund Muskie, who resigned to become Secretary of State. He was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1982 in a stunning come-from-behind victory. Mitchell went on to an illustrious career in the Senate spanning 14 years.

In 1988, he was reelected with 81 percent of the vote, the largest margin in Maine history. He left the Senate in 1995 as the Senate Majority Leader; a position he had held since January 1989.