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A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

John Elder, a Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, will present “A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky,” co-sponsored by the University of Vermont Libraries and Special Collections. The talk will take place in Bailey/Howe Library’s Special Collections on March 31st, at 5:30 PM.

Elder will discuss maple sugaring as a traditional rural lifeway that both illuminates contemporary challenges like climate change and exemplifies the need for celebration within environmental thinking today. It will weave together and reflect upon excerpts from his book-in-progress, In Hardwood Groves, a work he is expected to complete later this year.

John Elder is an accomplished writer and professor whose work marries literature and environmental studies. He has been a member of the faculty at Middlebury College for over 30 years, and has won numerous awards, including, most recently, the Vermont Campus Compact Excellence in Community-Based Teaching Award, the Carnegie Foundation’s Vermont Professor of the Year Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His published works include numerous articles, in publications ranging from Orion to the New England Review, and books such as The Frog Run: Words and Wildness in the Vermont Woods, an account of building a sugaring house with his sons, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa: From Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh.

The talk will follow a 4:30 PM reception to celebrate the Maple Syrup Research Website, created by the UVM Libraries in partnership with the National Agricultural Library. The reception will be held beside It’s Always Maple Time in Vermont, an accompanying exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby.

The presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 802-656-9980 or e-mail selene.colburn@uvm.edu.

Maple Sugaring Time by deCadmus used in accordance with Creative Commons.

New Book Highlights

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Jesus, jobs, and justice : African American women and religion by Bettye Collier-Thomas

“The most extensive and best-known histories of African-American religion in America give short shrift to the role of African-American women in religion. In her exhaustive and monumental study, Collier-Thomas (Daughters of Thunder) allows the strong voices of women as diverse as Ida B. Wells Barnett, Sarah Jane Woodson Early (the first black woman to serve on a faculty of an American university), and Mary McLeod Bethune to articulate the causes of liberation and justice in a culture where their race and sex continually called into question their self-understanding.” –Publisher’s Weekly

Making waste : leftovers and the eighteenth-century imagination by Sophie Gee

“Making Waste is a pleasure to read–vividly, gracefully, wittily written. It will be a valuable contribution to eighteenth-century literary and cultural studies.”–Cynthia Wall, University of Virginia

Of comics and men : a cultural history of American comic books by Jean-Paul Gabilliet ; translated by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen

“Originally published in France and long sought in English translation, Jean-Paul Gabilliet’s Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books documents the rise and development of the American comic book industry from the 1930s to the present.” –Publisher’s information

Ripe : the search for the perfect tomato by Arthur Allen

“A robust tale of how tomatoes get to the table and why some don’t taste very good when they get there… An eye-opener for foodies, consumers and social-justice activists alike.” –Kirkus Reviews