Green Mountain Academy lectures on the universe and Shakespeare feature Southern Vermont College leaders


BENNINGTON >> Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, the non-profit organization that offers high-quality educational programs to the public, will sponsor two upcoming lectures by Southern Vermont College President David Rees Evans and Provost James C. White II. Provost White's talk, "Searching the Multiverse for Other Earths and Other Universes" will be on March 31. President Evans will present, "Practical Literature: How Shakespeare Still Matters in a Utilitarian Age" on Monday, April 4.

Provost White's lecture will take place at Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 31. White, an astrophysicist with a focus on explosive phenomena in interacting star systems, will attempt in this lecture to "place our planet in time and space using our current scientific knowledge—along with a recent theory that ours may be just one of an enormous number of universes within a larger Multiverse."

White holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Indiana University in Bloomington. White is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the International Astronomical Union, former Executive Director of Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and a prolific writer and lecturer on astronomy topics.

On April 4, President Evans' lecture on Shakespeare will take place at Manchester Community Library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Shakespeare is a "touchstone" of many conversations, and his work is a foundation to a traditional liberal arts education. Evans will discuss the uses of Shakespeare in career-oriented education and its familiarity with literature in general which can provide significant professional and personal advantages. Evans will focus on Shakespeare's contemporary relevance and practical uses of his texts in daily life and the appreciation of complexity, depth, and cultural importance of his works.

Evans holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Pomona College. His academic specialty is seventeenth-century English literature and travel writing, in addition to his speaking engagements and extensive writings on a variety of matters.

Admission to the lectures is $15 paid in advance or $20 at the door. For more information, contact Green Mountain Academy at 802-867-0111 or visit


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