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Academic Speaker Series

The mission of the Academic Speaker Series is to promote the intellectual environment of the College and to facilitate discussion of important issues in the community.

Spring 2018 Academic Speaker Series

Free and open to the public, these events are held on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, located in the East Academic Building of Landmark College, unless otherwise noted.

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"Horse-Drawn Yogurt"
 Peter Gould 
 Monday, February 12, 7 p.m.
 Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building

Peter Gould was an original member of the 1970’s “back-to-the-land” movement in Vermont, which he chronicled in fantasy form in his first novel, ​Burnt Toast, published by Alfred A. Knopf. He is also the author of the novel Write Naked, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, which won the 2009 National Green Earth Book Award in recognition of its strong environmental content. His newest book--his first non-fiction--is Horse-Drawn Yogurt, all about his years going back to the land.

Gould is known in nearly every town in Vermont for his Shakespeare work, his clown character, and his inspirational teaching of theater and writing. In recognition of his work, he was named the 2016 recipient of the Vermont Governor's/Arts Council Award for Arts in Education. He is one half of the internationally-touring physical comedy and political theatre duo, Gould & Stearns, who have performed more than 3500 times in forty states and on three continents. He is on the faculty of the New England Youth Theatre, taught for ten summers at Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, and since 2009, he's been a professor of meditation and conflict transformation with his popular “Inner Peace/Outer Peace” class in Brandeis University’s program of Peace, Justice, and Coexistence. Gould received a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies from Brandeis University in 2002.

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"Neurodiverse Characters in Fiction: Perspectives Beyond the Vanilla"
Jamie Sheffield
Monday, March 12, 7 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building

Jamie Sheffield is a writer who lives in Westmoreland, New Hampshire with his wife and son and three rescues labs. After a career as a middle/high school special educator in a small village in the heart of New York's Adirondack Park, he published his first novel, Here Be Monsters, in 2013. Since then he has published three novels and a collection of novellas creating fictitious characters and story lines informed by the people in places most familiar to him. Sheffield is getting his MFA from Goddard College, and also has degrees from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse. He is currently working on a collection of short fiction and also a fantasy novel. 

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“Science, History, Music, Art, Dance, Vegetables, & Other Things That Aren't Related to Poetry (Or Are They?)”
Alice Fogel
Monday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building


Alice B. Fogel is the New Hampshire Poet Laureate. She has loved art of all kinds for her whole life, but she also gets pretty excited about the sciences, especially when they have to do with very small things like extremophile organisms, or very large things like asteroids and planets. Her latest book (2017) is A Doubtful House. In 2015, her book, Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and the 2016 NH Literary Award in Poetry, and her third book, Be That Empty, was a national poetry bestseller. She is also the author of Strange Terrain, on how to appreciate poetry even if you don't “get” it. Nominated for Best of the Web and nine times for the Pushcart Prize, Alice has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry.

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