Vermont Humanities Events
May 1 — Book Discussion: Middlemarch by George Eliot. Part of the B.I.G. (Big, Intense, Good) series. 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. Led by Mary Hays. Hosted by the Cobleigh Public Library. Lyndonville, Cobleigh Public Library, 14 Depot St, 7:00 pm. Cindy Karasinski, (802) 626-5475.
May 7 — From East to West. Pianist and music historian Michael Arnowitt explores the influence of the music of Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia on Western classical composition, performing pieces by Mozart, Mahler, and Debussy.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St Johnsbury, South Congregational Church, 1052 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.
May 21 — Book Discussion: The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks. Part of the Revenge series. What are the causes of revenge? What are the consequences? Is taking revenge ever justified? Explore this most passionate and provocative of human desires through drama, short stories, and novels. The series was created by VHC Scholar Suzanne Brown in conjunction with Quechee Library and first funded by a VHC grant to the library. Led by Mary Hays. Hosted by the Pope Memorial Library. Danville, Pope Memorial Library, 121 Park St, 7:00 pm. Deidre Palmer, (802) 684-2256.
June 4 — The Life and Times of Thelonious Monk. Artistic Director of the Vermont Jazz Center Eugene Uman considers the life and improvisational style of American jazz pianist and composer Thelonius Monk, widely considered one of the giants of American music.A First Wednesdays lecture (rescheduled from February 5). Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.
June 9 — Inventive Vermonters: A Sampling of Farm Tools and Implements. Vermonters have always been inventive, especially when it comes to agricultural innovations. Time- and labor-saving inventions that ease the hard work of farming have always been important in our rural, agricultural state. In this illustrated lecture, retired engineer Paul Wood presents a sampling of farm tools, implements, and artifacts invented or produced in Vermont, examining their use, uniqueness of design, and the often fascinating stories of the inventors themselves. Hosted by the Hardwick Historical Society. Hardwick Town House, 127 Church Street, 7:00 pm. Lorraine Hussey, (802) 472-5903.
June 30 — Vermont Prepares: Disaster Planning for Archival Records. Grant Event. This day-long workshop offered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center is designed for staff at institutions that maintain historical records. Participants will learn to develop emergency plans for their institutions. $25, pre-registration required at http://www.nedcc.org/preservation-training/vermont-program. Hosted by the Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board and supported by a VHC grant. St Johnsbury, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, 1302 Main St. Kim O'Leary, (978) 470-1010 x226, email@example.com.
October 7 — 400 Miles Down the Connecticut River. New England's longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history. Michael Tougias, author of fourteen books about New England, offers a narrated slide presentation that takes the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river, discussing history from the days of loggers, Indian Wars, steamships, and canals. Hosted by the Jeudevine Memorial Library. Hardwick, Memorial Building, 20 Church St, 7:00 pm. Lisa Sammet, (802) 472-5948.