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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

Fri 21

Understanding Cuba through Film: Unfinished Spaces

October 21
6:30 pm
In Unfinished Spaces, three visionary architects tell the dramatic story of the revolutionary building and later demise and rediscovery of the National Art Schools of Cuba in this celebrated documentary. Read More »
Sat 22

Of Wheelmen, The New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920

October 22
10:30 am
In this lecture, UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, a new invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1880s. Read More »
Sun 23

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer

October 23
4:00 pm
Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Charles Ross Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Potluck supper to follow. Read More »
Mon 24

Book Discussion: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

October 24
7:30 pm
The Pulitzer-winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but the ways difficult chapters of a family's past are revealed by the passing of time. Read More »