Vt. Humanities Council presents free lecture on Pulitzer Prize

Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. — RUTLAND — In the centenary year of the Pulitzer Prize, Boston College professor Heather Cox Richardson will share insights into the remarkable life of their namesake, Joseph Pulitzer, in a talk at Rutland Free Library on May 4 at 7 p.m. Her talk, “Joseph Pulitzer and the American Republic,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Richardson’s talk will explore Pulitzer’s remarkable life—his work in newspapers pushing clean government and middle-class values, his invention of a new kind of journalism, and his major role in creating the world we live in today.

Professor Richardson teaches nineteenth-century American history at both the undergraduate and the graduate level at Boston College. Her books include “West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War;” “Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre;” and “To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.”

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 Rutland are held at Rutland Free Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

The 2015-16 First Wednesdays series in Rutland concludes with “The Shawshank Experience” with UVM professor Tony Magistrale on June 1 (rescheduled from February).

For more info, call 802-773-1860 or 802-262-2626.

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