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UVM professor Emily Bernard looks at the transformation of beloved poet and activist Maya Angelou in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on January 7, 2015 entitled “Delicious to the Ear: The Inspiring Voice of Maya Angelou,” part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series. Before she became an internationally revered poet, memoirist, and activist, Maya Angelou was mute for five years as a child. Bernard will explain how poetry awakened Angelou’s voice, a voice that transformed a history of trauma into inspiration and beauty.

Emily Bernard is a professor of English and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont. Her books include Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Some of My Best Friends: Writers on Interracial Friendship (2004), chosen by the New York Public Library as a Book for the Teen Age; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs (2009), a book she co-authored with Deborah Willis, which received a 2010 NAACP Image Award. Her most recent book, Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White, was published by Yale University Press in 2012. Her essays have been published in several anthologies and journals.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 18:00

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