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Amherst professor explores Willa Cather’s novels at Vermont Humanities Council event

NEWS RELEASE — Vermont Humanities Council
September 17, 2013

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Part of First Wednesdays at Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library: A Free Lecture Presented by the Vermont Humanities Council

Montpelier ~ Amherst College professor Michele Barale will explore the work of novelist Willa Cather in a talk at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier on October 2 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, “Willa Cather’s Prairie Landscapes,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

The European immigrant farmers in My Antonia and Cather’s other novels fail nearly as often as they succeed. Professor Barale will examine the relation between Cather’s art and her very tangible earth.

Barale is the Thalheimer Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of the Writing Center at Amherst College. She has a long-time interest in Willa Cather’s writings and photography. Her recent publications on Cather have focused on Cather’s attitudes about artistic inspiration.

Montpelier First Wednesdays listing

“Willa Cather’s Prairie Landscapes” is sponsored by Brock & Brock PLLC.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. The First Wednesdays 2013-2014 series in Montpelier is sponsored by Vermont College of Fine Arts.


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 Montpelier are held at Kellogg-Hubbard Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Montpelier talks include “Walt Whitman and the Civil War” with UVM professor Huck Gutman on November 6; “Experiences in the Heartland of Islam” with former Montpelier Episcopal rector Rev. Ben Chase on December 4; and “What Women Want” with author Polly Young-Eisendrath on January 8.

First Wednesdays Brochure for all sites

For more information, contact the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 802.223.3338 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [email protected], or visit


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. For information on VHC programs, visit

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