BRATTLEBORO >> Amherst College professor Catherine Sanderson will discuss what science has to say about happiness in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "The Science of Happiness," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Sanderson will describe cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology on the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness, and share practical ways to increase one's own psychological well-being.

Sanderson is the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College. She has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to four college textbooks, a high school health textbook, and a popular press book on parenting. In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. See the full schedule of Brattleboro First Wednesdays talks.


The National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the statewide underwriters of First Wednesdays.

"The Science of Happiness" is underwritten by the University of Vermont Humanities Center. It is one of three UVM Humanities Center Lectures on Happiness in the 2016-17 First Wednesdays season.

Brooks Memorial Library is underwritten by Brattleboro Camera Club; Brattleboro Savings & Loan; Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC; The Richards Group; Starr Latronica; and World Learning.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802.254.5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or, or visit

About Vermont Humanities Council

Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life. Because Ideas Matter.