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Fall Conference Nov. 4-5

“Looking at Leadership through the Humanities.” 12 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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Vermont Reads 2017

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Learn more.

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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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Speakers Bureau

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

Upcoming Events

Thu 27

Book Discussion: Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope

October 27
7:00 pm
Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them—and the rewards are many. Read More »
Sat 29

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

October 29
7:00 pm
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 02

The Hollywood Blacklist

November 2
1:30 pm
Film expert Rick Winston will explore the origins of the blacklist in Hollywood’s labor unrest and what led to its ultimate end, showing clips from films that were affected by the fear that consumed Hollywood. Read More »
Wed 02

What This Country Needs is a Secretary of the Future

November 2
7:00 pm
David Brancaccio, host of NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report, considers one way our democracy might get beyond the short-term focus of politics and address long-term challenges such as sustainability, infrastructure, education, and healthcare. It's an approach once suggested to him by a beloved American author. Read More »