Vermont Reads Program Features Community Discussions on "Bull Run" and "The Red Badge of Courage"

March 29, 2012

Southern Vermont College (SVC), John G. McCullough Free Library and Bennington College are collaborating on several events in April as part of the 2012 Vermont Reads Program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. This year’s Vermont Reads book picks are “Bull Run” by Paul Fleischman and “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane.

On Thursday, April 12, Southern Vermont College History and Politics Professor Thomas Redden, Ph.D., will lead a discussion titled “Why We Love and Hate War: Reflections on the American Civil War.” The discussion, based on this year’s Vermont Reads books, will take place at SVC’s Everett Mansion Theatre from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

On Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20, two book club discussions will take place at the John G. McCullough Free Library in North Bennington from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Focusing on the two Vermont Reads novels, participants will create a list of questions that arise during the book discussions to be asked at a lecture with Civil War historian and author Howard Coffin on Thursday, April 26, at SVC’s Everett Mansion Theatre at 7 p.m. To attend the book club sessions at McCullough Library, contact Susanne Warren at or call 802-447-7121.

Howard Coffin’s lecture on April 26 at SVC titled “Vermont and the Civil War” is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council through its Speakers Bureau program. Additional information on this lecture will appear in a future news article.

“Bull Run,” by Newbery Award-winning author Fleischman, recreates the first great battle of the Civil War from the points of view of 16 monologues by participants in the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861. Crane’s classic, “The Red Badge of Courage,” is the story of a young private of the Union Army who flees from the field of battle and how he overcomes his shame and counteracts his cowardice.

The Vermont Reads program is “A Statewide, One-book Community Reading Program,” sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. To learn more about this program and other programs offered by the Vermont Humanities Council, go to The public is invited to all the above events, which are free. The Everett Theatre at Southern Vermont College is ADA accessible. For more information on these events, contact SVC’s Reference Librarian Andrea Robare at 802-447-6311 or e-mail