Marlboro College



MARLBORO, VT – In response to growing community interest and thanks in part to foundation support and a $25,000 grant from an anonymous donor, Marlboro College is launching a series of educational lectures pegged the “Monday Nights at Marlboro” lecture series.

The ongoing Monday Nights series will consist of two themes — “Perspectives on the Middle East” and religion — Monday nights in January through April.

“The Perspectives Series,” will focus on issues surrounding terrorism, the war in Iraq, and rebuilding efforts, and includes a lecture from Howard Zinn, author of The People’s History of the United States in mid February. Funding for this series came by way of a $25,000 anonymous donation made to the college for the purpose of bringing the region’s community members to campus and promoting broad-based community education.

According to Director of Development Lisa Christensen, members of the college Lecture Committee determined lecture topics and series based on what they knew to be of interest to both students and larger community.

“There was a great deal of student interest in the topic of the Middle East,” she said. “That is what has really driven this series.”
According to Jim Tober, Dean of Faculty, "The college is fortunate to have an endowed lecture series that gives us the opportunity to present topics of broad interest to the public as well as to the campus community. Given the critical nature of events in the Middle East, we are focusing initially on that region. We offer three distinctive perspectives that invite reflection and discussion. We look forward to a lively dialogue."

The Littauer Lecture Series, funded by the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, will focus on religion. One lecture planned as part of this series will pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr Day with a talk by Dr. John Grayson, a religion professor at Mount Holyoke College, who will speak about the activist’s life and work based on the Christian principle of love.

Also coming in this series will be a showing and discussion of “Talking to the Wall: The Story of an American Bargain,” an award-winning film by Steve Alves on the fight against Wal-Mart and sprawl ten years ago by Greenfield, Massachusetts voters.

All lectures in the “Monday Nights at Marlboro” will begin at 7 p.m. in the fully accessible Whittemore Theater and are free and open to the public.

For more information, or in the case of inclement weather, contact Public Relations Coordinator Erin George at (802) 251-7644.

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