Swenson Award Nominations due June 15.

The $1000 award recognizes a Vermont educator in grades 6 through 12 who exemplifies excellence in the teaching of the humanities. Sunny Wright (center) won the Swenson Award in 2015.

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Strengthening our Communities

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 us.

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Vermont Reads 2016 - Shackleton

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

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Because Ideas Matter

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to deepen understanding of human experience by connecting people with ideas, by encouraging civility and civic engagement, and by supporting community conversations. Learn more about our programs.

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First Wednesdays 2015-2016

A humanities lecture series hosted by nine libraries around Vermont.

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Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires

A statewide celebration and examination of Pulitzer Prize-winning works. Learn more.

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New Speakers Bureau Catalog

41 new programs—from Cuba to Stravinsky to bicycle history. Learn more.

“First Wednesdays is a great addition to everyday life. The variety is a treat, gets us out of our ruts, and gets the old brains working!”

– Natalie Peters, attendee, First Wednesdays, Isley Public Library, Middlebury

“I’ve learned the importance of reading to your children, because it’s something I never had. It was pleasing to know that it’s not too late for me to read to my children.”

- participant, Never Too Early, Northeast Regional Correctional Facility, St. Johnsbury