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New York Times’ David Sanger discusses American power abroad at rescheduled Vermont Humanities Council event

NEWS RELEASE — Vermont Humanities Council
February 15, 2013

Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, 802.262.2626 x302

Vermont Humanities Council Presents RESCHEDULED First Wednesdays Lecture

New York Times’ David Sanger Discusses American Power Abroad at Brattleboro’s First Baptist Church

Brattleboro ~ New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger will discuss the Obama Administration’s use of American power in a talk at First Baptist Church in Brattleboro on February 18. His talk, “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and the Surprising Use of American Power,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series and takes place at 7:00 p.m. (Note: this is a rescheduled talk and takes place on a Monday.)

Sanger’s talk will offer a revealing look inside the current administration’s aggressive use of innovative weapons and new tools to manage a rapidly shifting world of global threats and challenges.

Sanger is the Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times. He has written for the Times for thirty years covering foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and the presidency. He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, and has been awarded numerous honors for national security and foreign policy coverage. He is the author of two books: Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and the Surprising Use of American Power (2012) and The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power (2010), which was a bestseller.

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 Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Brattleboro talks include “Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln” with Harvard professor John Stauffer on March 6; “What’s Western about Western American Art?” with Amherst College professor Carol Clark on April 3; and “Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day” with Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea on May 1.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. The 2012-2013 First Wednesdays series in Brattleboro is sponsored by Crosby-Gannett Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.

Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, New Chapter, Inc., The Vermont Country Store, and Windham World Affairs Council of Vermont.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802.254.5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [email protected], or visit

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Essex Junction (at Brownell 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.

Brattleboro First Wednesdays listing

First Wednesdays Brochure

The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.

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