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November 17 —Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Two: "Under the Surface." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores labor wars, eugenics, the McCarthy era, and progressive Republicanism. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society. Danby, Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, 74 S Main St, 7:00 pm. Lauren Dever, (802) 293 -2265.

December 3 — Jesus: The Human Face of God. Author and Middlebury College professor Jay Parini considers Jesus, a figure who has dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for twenty centuries.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

December 4 — Vermonters of Many Cultures. Vermont is often described as culturally homogenous, yet nearly a third of all Vermonters trace their ancestry to French Canada, and there is a long history of cultural diversity in such urban centers as Rutland, Barre, and Burlington's Old North End. This slide lecture by Vermont Folklife Center programming director Gregory Sharrow explores the vital cultures of Vermont's immigrant communities—including the growing refugee populations of Chittenden and Washington counties—highlighting family celebrations, foodways, religious culture and traditional arts as they relate to personal and family identity. Hosted by the Mendon Historical Society. Mendon Town Office, 2282 Us Route 4, 7:00 pm. Ann Singiser, (802) 773-8172.

December 15 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Three: "Refuge, Reinvention, and Revolution." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores innovation, interstates, and counter-culture. Led by Tom Fels. Hosted by the Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society. Danby, Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, 74 S Main St, 7:00 pm. Lauren Dever, (802) 293 -2265.

January 7 — Rowing Against Wind and Tide: The Journals and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Author Reeve Lindbergh discusses collecting four decades of her mother’s previously unpublished diaries and letters— shedding light on her mother’s marriage to Charles Lindbergh and her take on world events.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

January 12 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Four: "Doers and Shapers." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores progressivism in education and state law from Act 250 to civil unions. Led by Tom Fels. Hosted by the Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society. Danby, Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, 74 S Main St, 7:00 pm. Lauren Dever, (802) 293-2265.

February 4 — Knight to Queen. Chess, Courtly Life, and the Game of Love in the Middle Ages. Imported from the Arabs and Persians in the ninth century, chess became a status symbol, an allegory of battle, and a metaphor for love. Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines the game of kings.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

February 9 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Five: "Ceres' Children." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores participatory democracy and ethics in conservation and farming. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society. Danby, Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, 74 S Main St, 7:00 pm. Lauren Dever, (802) 293-2265.

March 4 — “India Rising.” With its sweeping victory in the 2014 elections, India’s right-wing Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party is promising to revitalize the economy. But critics warn that the BJP has often advanced its policies through authoritarianism and religious violence. UVM history professor Abby McGowan considers the challenges and opportunities facing the new government.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

March 9 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Six: "People's Power." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores contemporary tensions over energy, independence, climate, and the state's future. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society. Danby, Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, 74 S Main St, 7:00 pm. Lauren Dever, (802) 293-2265.

April 1 — The Argentine Pope. Pope Francis’s emphasis on the poor and marginalized has energized social justice in the Roman Catholic Church. Author Martin Weinstein, professor emeritus at William Paterson University, examines the foundations of the Pope’s philosophy, the history of the church in Latin America, and the rise of liberation theology.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

May 6 — The Buildings of Rutland. Architectural historian Curtis B. Johnson illustrates the richness of Rutland’s architecture. NOTE: on Saturday, May 9, Johnson leads a walking tour of “the Hill” neighborhood, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm. Meet at Rutland Free Library’s main entrance. A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

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