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The written word

PUTNEY Poetry Discussion Group: No experience necessary; copies of poems provided. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Antidote Books, 120 Main St. Information:

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. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Looking Forward: Circum-Arctic Governance, National and International Constructs, Conventions, and Initiatives": 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 Cold War re-established the geopolitical importance of the Arctic to the West and the Soviet Union but, more importantly, set in motion a series of Indigenous and international initiatives to define and develop constructs that emphasize self-determination, land tenure, the sustainability of Arctic environments and peoples. From the establishment of the Alaska Federation of Natives to stop nuclear testing in Northwest Alaska to international disputes over "ownership" of the Arctic Ocean and seafloor, this series concludes with an overview of organizations that are charting the path forward. Presenter: James Jordan, Core faculty member in the Environmental Studies Dept., Amherst University New England. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. $6. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Spin Class: With Susie of the Brattleboro Food Co-op Seafood Dept. 5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. (1st Mon. of every month). $15; free for Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders. Body in Harmony, 22 High St. Information: 802-380-3928.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Front Porch Forum with Lynn Espy: Front Porch Forum is a free community-building service in Vermont. Your neighborhood's forum is only open to the people who live there. It's all about helping neighbors connect. Invite neighbors and others to join. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.



November 2018