Senior faculty member Fantini to speak on SIT's history

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BRATTLEBORO — Alvino Fantini will speak on "The School for International Training (SIT): Past, Present and Future," at the Dummerston Historical Society quarterly meeting on Thursday, April 25, at the Society's schoolhouse in Dummerston Center.

The business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. with the program to begin at 7:30.

This meeting was originally scheduled for today, but has been postponed one week due to the conflict with Easter week services.

Fantini, a faculty member of SIT since 1964, was instrumental in the evolution of the Sandanona estate on Black Mountain into the present SIT graduate institute. He has worked in language education and intercultural communication for over 40 years in the U.S. and abroad, in intensive and extensive programs, in education and training, in field situations and academia, and with numerous languages and cultures.

Although the student population itself is now pursuing their studies in various other countries, Fantini assures us that the future of SIT looks most promising, both here and abroad.

This meeting will be dedicated to the memory of two recently deceased major figures of the historical society, Tom Johnson and Jonathan Flaccus. Johnson was one of the founders of the Historical Society and spent many years on the board guiding its initial steps forward.

Flaccus, a more recent member, was instrumental in the management of the Bunker collection, which ultimately enabled the construction of the Bunker Room addition. To both DHS is grateful.

Dummerston Historical Society welcomes all visitors; one does not need to be a member to attend programs; programs are free of charge and handicapped accessible. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 802-254-9311

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