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Fall Conference Nov. 4-5

“Looking at Leadership through the Humanities.” Ten engaging experts will speak at our 43rd annual Fall Conference, including Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch.


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The Vermont Humanities Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life. Learn more about our programs.

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Fall Conference 2016

Looking at Leadership through the Humanities. Learn more.

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Speakers Bureau

Host a thought-provoking presentation in your town! See our catalogue.

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First Wednesdays 2016-2017

Talks on the first Wednesday of the month, October to May. See schedule.

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Vermont Reads 2016 - Shackleton

Two tales of the legendary Antarctic expedition. Download the info packet.

Upcoming Events

Wed 31

The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue

August 31
6:30 pm
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Author Michael Tougias tells the story of the historic rescue of 70 sailors on two sinking ships during a 1952 blizzard off the coast of New England. Read More »
Wed 31

Book Discussion: Before I Say Goodbye by Ruth Picardie

August 31
7:00 pm
Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life. The following memoirs use both traditional and unconventional formats to do just that. Read More »
Thu 01

Off Target: What Hollywood, Journalists and Shooters Get Wrong About Guns

September 1
7:00 pm
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Without getting into a discussion about what we should or shouldn’t do about the issue of ‘guns,’ Mark Timney’s lecture and Q&A session will instead examine how our perceptions of firearms have been distorted by media and folklore. Read More »
Tue 06

Book Discussion: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

September 6
7:00 pm
Pulitzer-winning nonfiction writers have at times looked beyond the world's current era. Instead, the titles in this series explore humanity's relationship to forces beyond its control, such as evolution, disease, and the planet’s fragile ecosystems. Read More »