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Sam Hand Lecture: The Story of Sen. George Aiken

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George AikenHow a farmer from Putney came to have an outsize influence on the United States: The Story of Sen. George Aiken
with Stephen Terry & Louis Augeri

Waterman Memorial Lounge, University of Vermont, Burlington

In this talk Stephen Terry, a Center fellow and former staffer with Sen. Aiken, and Louis Augeri, a Political Science/History Major detail Aiken’s life and rise to prominence in the U.S. Senate – examining how his approach to politics stems from his early life as a farmer and horticulturist in Putney, Vermont. In this talk they draw from historical records including original recordings of Aiken and then President Lyndon B. Johnson to weave a tale that takes us through Aiken’s early life, his rapid ascendance in Vermont politics, his career as a U.S. Senator and his evolving views of the Vietnam war.

Terry and Augeri’s book 'Say We Won and Get Out;' George D. Aiken and the Vietnam War, will be released in mid-November.

Terry is a former Aiken staffer (1969-1975); Reporter and Managing Editor, Rutland Herald; Rutland, (1975-1985) and Senior VP, Green Mountain Power; (1985-2005). He has a degree in philosophy from the University of Vermont. Terry’s previous books include Philip Hoff: How Red Turned Blue in the Green Mountain State (with Tony Marro and Samuel B. Hand) and The Essential Aiken: A Life in Public Service (co-editor: Samuel B. Hand).

Augeri is a Junior/Senior dual Political Science and History major. Augeri previously worked closely with Nick Muller as a key member of the research team on Samuel B. Hand: Green Mountain Scholar (Center for Research on Vermont, 2018). Augeri is the winner of the 2018 Green Mountain Scholar Award for outstanding student research.

About the Sam Hand Lecture

Samuel B. Hand was a universal scholar, historian, political scientist and a founding member of the Center for Research on Vermont and former Director of the Vermont Historical Society.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Vermont and the Vermont Historical Society and the Silver Special Collections Library at the University of Vermont


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