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The written word

PUTNEY Book Group Reads "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton: Wharton writes as both an inside participant and an outside observer, keenly aware of the absurd but stifling conventions of New York society in the 1870s. But Wharton was also aware of the high price a woman paid when she refused to abide by these rules - a choice she made in her own life. We'll do close readings of passages of the novel, as well as discuss the book's place in the Modernist literature of the 1920s, when it was published. Discussion with Putney Library Writer-in-Residence Michelle Blake and novelist Dennis McFarland. 6:30 p.m. Discussion continues 11/5. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Author Talk - "The Big, Bold, Adventurous Life of Lavinia Warren": In Elizabeth (Fletcher) Raum's book, Lavinia never let her height—or the lack of it—prevent her from leading a full and adventurous life. Although she never grew more than three feet tall, she became a beloved teacher, a world traveler, an entertainer, and friend of many powerful figures. Lavinia was teaching at a local school when she heard about an opportunity to travel doing shows as a "human curiosity" on a Mississippi River boat. Eventually she met P. T. Barnum and worked at his American Museum. It was there that she met Charles Stratton, a little person known to the world as "Tom Thumb." Their 1863 wedding brought joy to a nation at war. President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln held a reception for the couple at the White House. The newlyweds later toured the U.S. and the world. Lavinia faced several tragedies but always found the strength to go on. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Latitudes of Change - Arctic Climate and Environment in the 20th, 21st Centuries and Beyond": The Arctic is one of the most dynamic, rapidly changing ecosystems on the planet, yet our scientific and social understanding is nascent relative to our historical and contemporary focus on the mid-latitudes. The remoteness and sparseness of its Indigenous/colonial human populations have contributed to this, but its immense natural resources, influential role in northern hemisphere weather/climate, contested social-cultural, political realities, and aspirations of the 8 Arctic countries have sharpened the attention of lower-latitude sectors. Arctic and Subarctic climate is characterized by extremes of dark/light, cold/warmth. Global climate change has had disproportionate impacts on Arctic marine.terrestrial environments, ecosystems, human livelihoods. We examine these trends, challenges, and evolving adaptation strategies. This lecture series, "The Arctic-Past Present, Future," reviews environmental and cultural dimensions of the Arctic. Presenter for this lecture: James Jordan, Core faculty member in the Environmental Studies Dept., Amherst University New England. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. (This Osher Lifelong Learning Series of lectures continues 11/5.). $6 per lecture. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: www.learn.uvm.edu/osher-life-long-learning/olli-statewide/statewide-courses-and-programs/brattleboro.

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