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Mieder to Impart Proverbial Wisdom on NPR Feb. 17

Folklore expert Wolfgang Mieder, chair of the Department of German and Russian at the University of Vermont, has been spreading proverbial wisdom across the airwaves lately, courtesy of National Public Radio.

In ?Discussing Proverbs and Proverbial Wisdom with Milton (Vermont) Fourth-Graders,? Mieder and Deborah Holmes, a fourth-grade teacher at Milton Elementary School, discuss their project to incorporate the values inherent in 150 proverbs into Milton fourth-graders? studies of Greek mythology, social studies, art, science and math.

The program, which features interviews with the students, has been airing nationally on NPR affiliates for several weeks as part of the ?Humankind? series. Vermont Public Radio will broadcast the program on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., on 107.9FM.

Mieder and Holmes co-authored a book, ?Children and Proverbs Speak the Truth,? that chronicles the project they conducted in 2000. The book, complete with illustrations, shows the amusing and insightful ways students incorporated the meanings of proverbs into their own lives.