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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, May 

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The written word

PUTNEY "What is it about Monsters? - Beowolf, Tolkien" with Dean Easton, Prof. of Linguistics: J.R.R. Tolkien devoted his professional career to reading, thinking about, and teaching ancient poems like Beowulf. When he wrote The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and the Silmarillion, he drew on his close familiarity with the Old English poem and the Anglo-Saxon world to give his fiction remarkable depth and power. Join Dean Easton for the second of a two-part series on the epic poem and its echoes through literary history. Using the bilingual Seamus Heaney translation of the poem, we'll discuss excerpts, Tolkien's attention to sound, his posthumous edition and translation of Beowulf, and view clips of Benjamin Bagby performing the epic in Old English. Why might this ancient poem still speak to the modern world, so different from the one the Anglo-Saxons knew?. 7 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 Perspectives on China's Belt and Road Initiative with Brian Hammer : We'll explore China's role in the world with a special focus on China's new Belt and Road Initiative (aka the New Silk Road) and the window it provides not only to China's growing influence, but also anxiety about its power in the world more generally. We'll also look at US foreign policy, popular culture, and the media. 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.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Spouse/Partner Loss Support Groups: 5 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wed. (Also 12 noon every 2nd and 4th Mon.). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. One meeting with a bereavement counselor before participating is required. Cicely Carroll: 802-257-0775 x 108.

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