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Author Jay Parini considers the history of Jesus

Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. — RUTLAND — Middlebury College professor and author Jay Parini will consider Jesus, a figure who has dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for twenty centuries, in a talk at Rutland Free Library on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. His talk, “Jesus: The Human Face of God,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Parini is a poet, novelist, and biographer. He is the Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College, and has also taught at Dartmouth College and Oxford University. He has published numerous novels, books of poetry, and critical and biographical studies, including “Why Poetry Matters,” “Robert Frost: A Life, Some Necessary Angels,” “The Art of Subtraction,” and “The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature.” His latest book is the historical biography “Jesus: The Human Face of God.”

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held 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 and are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in Rutland include “Rowing Against Wind and Tide: The Journals and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh” with author Reeve Lindbergh on Jan. 7; “Knight to Queen: Chess, Courtly Life, and the Game of Love in the Middle Ages” with Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll on Feb. 4; and “India Rising” with UVM professor Abby McGowan on March 4.

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