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Former CIA Chief to discusses future of Middle East at Vermont Humanities Council lecture


Nove. 13, 2012

Sylvia Plumb,
Director of Communications,
802.262.2626 x302

Essex Junction ~ Former CIA Chief of Counterterrorism Haviland Smith
will consider the implications of recent developments in the Middle
East in a talk at Brownell Library in Essex Junction on December 4.
His talk, “What Will Follow the Arab Spring?” is part of the Vermont
Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series and takes place at 7:00
p.m. (Please note: This talk happens on a Tuesday on a special date.)

What can we hope for as the Middle East evolves? Smith will discuss
whether greater self-determination in the region will bring
democracies, military dictatorships, Islamic governance, or no clear
result at all.

Smith is a retired CIA Station Chief. He was educated at Dartmouth
College and London University majoring in Russian Studies. He served
during the Cold War in Prague, Berlin, Beirut, Tehran, Washington and
Langley, focusing on the recruitment and management of Soviet and East
European sources of intelligence. He also served as Chief of the CIA’s
Counterterrorism Staff and as Executive Assistant in the Director’s

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on
the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring
speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Essex Junction are
held at Brownell Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays
talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in Essex Junction include “The Genius of Albert
Einstein” with Middlebury professor Susan Watson on January 2; “Words,
Creativity, and Spirituality” with Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay
Crumbine on February 6; and “Truth or Dare: Writing Historical
Fiction” with author Jay Parini on March 6.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of
First Wednesdays. Brownell Library is sponsored by Brownell Library
Foundation, The Friends of the Brownell Library, IBM, and Kolvoord,
Overton, & Wilson, P.C.

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

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities
statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial Library); Manchester (at
First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library);
Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Montpelier (at Kellogg-Hubbard
Library); Newport (at Goodrich Memorial Library); Norwich (at Norwich
Congregational Church, hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich
Historical Society); Rutland (at Rutland Free Library); and at St.
Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with
disabilities and open to the public.

Essex Junction First Wednesdays listing

First Wednesdays Brochure

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