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News Marlboro College Goes “On the Record” for 60th Anniversary Celebration

MARLBORO, VT— (March 18, 2008) — Marlboro College announced a new series of public events for April and May featuring authors of three influential books on the environment and society, a social commentary comedienne and one of America’s great living poets.

Entitled “On the Record,” the series of presentations, performances and lectures are part of the school’s 60th anniversary celebration. The schedule includes Lauren Weedman on April 3, Elizabeth Kolbert on April 9, John Perkins on April 24, Hayden Carruth on May 3 and Gwendolyn Hallsmith on May 8. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Writer and performer Lauren Weedman brings her acclaimed one-woman show, “Bust,” to the Whittemore Theater at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. Weedman made her television debut as correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and is the author of A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body: Stories from a Life of Cringe. Weedman’s unforgettable reflections on her work as a volunteer advocate in a prison for women has received rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times and was named “Best in the Arts 2006” by The Seattle Times.

Elizabeth Kolbert’s three-part series on global warming for The New Yorker magazine became the award-winning book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Her lecture draws frightening parallels to lost civilizations and presents the personal stories of those most directly affected by global warming--the people who live near the poles and are watching their homes disappear. She will be at Ragle Hall in the Serkin Center at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9.

John Perkins, author of the New York Times bestsellers Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire speaks in Persons Hall on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. The 2008 Thompson Trust lecture, Perkins’ talk details the clandestine operations that created the world’s first global empire, but also presents a compassionate plan to change the world into one that will make our children proud.

Acclaimed poet Hayden Carruth reads his poetry in Ragle Hall on Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. Carruth published his first volume of poetry, The Crow and the Heart, in 1959, and has since published more than thirty books, including Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey: Poems 1991-1995, which won the National Book Award for poetry. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the 1995 Lannan Literary Fellowship, among others.

Founder and executive director of Global Community Initiatives (GCI) and author of The Key to Sustainable Cities, Gwendolyn Hallsmith leads a discussion in the Whittemore Theater at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 8. She has worked with municipal, regional and state government in the United States and internationally for over 25 years. Currently she serves as director of planning and community development for the city of Montpelier.

Books by each of the presenters will be on sale in the lobby before and after their performance. Support for this series has been provided by the Thomas Thompson Trust and an anonymous donor.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Celebrating 60 years, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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