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Emily Bernard, University of Vermont, 2015 PEN Literary Award Judge


Talking Race in the Classroom

Emily Bernard says her best writing starts in the classroom. Take the UVM professor and celebrated author’s powerful essay on race, “Teaching the N-Word.”

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Ellen Andersen


Expert Take: Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court

The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 16 to determine whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry came as surprise to many Americans, especially after justices passed only a few months earlier on hearing appeals from rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. Ellen Andersen, associate ...

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Wil Haygood


MLK Celebration Speaker Moves Crowd with Stories of 'The Butler'

Award-winning reporter Wil Haygood delivered a compelling account to a near-capacity crowd on Jan. 20 at Ira Allen Chapel of how he came to find and eventually write the life story of an unheralded White House servant who would become the basis of his bestselling book The Butler: A Witness to History.

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Author, Associate Producer of "The Butler" Keynote Speaker for MLK Celebration

Acclaimed Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood, whose award-winning book The Butler: A Witness to History was turned into a major motion picture starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, will serve as the keynote speaker of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration, Education & Learning Week. His lecture is scheduled for ...

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UVM's First African American Graduate Receives Long Overdue Recognition

Andrew Harris’ life may have lasted only three years after becoming the first African American to graduate from the University of Vermont, but what it lacked in longevity was exceeded by Harris’ impact on the African American community and its struggle for freedom.

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Award-Winning Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Speak at UVM

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction with her most recent novel Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will speak on Monday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. in the Davis Center's Grand Maple Ballroom. The talk is free and open to the public.

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