Reading and Discussion Welcome

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Reading and Discussion

Exploring Ideas through Books

People enjoy gathering to share the pleasure of examining life through literature, hearing their neighbors’ reactions to the stories and ideas in the books, and voicing their own views. Our book discussions are stimulating, facilitated gatherings where diverse perspectives on shared readings can be expressed and examined.

The discussions are grouped in thematic series and each theme is comprised of up to six different books. When a library or other group sponsors a book discussion series, VHC supplies copies of the books for participants to borrow.

A skilled and knowledgeable VHC discussion leader facilitates the group. The scholar is prepared to share background information and historical context about the book and the author, as well as to place the book in the overall theme of the series. The scholar helps draw everyone into the conversation and ensures a positive exchange of thoughts and opinions.

* * NEW * * Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie Discussion Series is modeled after VHC’s Reading and Discussion program. Learn how your community can apply to view films and host discussions.

Reading and Discussion Catalogue 

Celebrating Civic Engagement for More than Thirty Years

The newly updated Reading and Discussion program catalogue offers 67 series grouped in five broad themes as well as 37 single-book discussion options.

Six discussion series funded with support from a Vermont Community Foundation grant raise moral and civic issues that are at the very heart of community:

  • Soldiering On: After Battle and Back Home
  • Outsiders: Those Who Fell Outside the Cultural Norms
  • The Rise of Nazism
  • The Legacy of the Civil War
  • Revenge
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: A Sampler

Two newly added discussion series were developed and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association:

  • Making Sense of the Civil War
  • Literary Reflections on Islam

Making Sense of the Civil War is among six Civil War-related series as part of its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Learn more.

Two additional series included in the new catalogue are:

  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Sustainability


Questions: Max Matthews or call 802.262.2626 x 304





Last Updated 9/10/2014 4:23:34 PM

Broad Themes

For the Literary at Heart

Here are the English classes you wish you took in school (20 series to choose from)

History Lives On

These series interpret historical eras and events and invite us to reflect on their lasting impact (15 series to choose from)

Consider this . . .

These issue-oriented series explore a wide range of provocative and timely themes. (12 series to choose from)

Cultural and Regional Exploration

Another culture can be halfway around the world, or in your own backyard. Learn about new people and places from these series. (10 series to choose from)

Bridging the Generations

These intergenerational series deal with subject matter appropriate for a range of generations, from middle-schoolers through seniors. (10 series to choose from)

Single Books

These books are available for one- to two-session programs. (37 single books to choose from)


Catalogue and Scholars

Printed copies of the catalogue are available upon request


Forms for Host Organizations
  • Program request form – Online (preferred)
  • Program request form – Fillable PDFInstructions: save the form to your computer and then open it. Type directly in the fields. E-mail the form or print the form to mail or fax.
  • Scholar contract form – Fillble PDF –  Instructions: save the form to your computer and then open it (or do the reverse). Type directly in the fields. Print the form to obtain necessary signature and then mail or fax.
  • Press release template for series (MS Word) (PDF)
  • Press release template for books (MS Word) (PDF)
Forms for Scholars


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