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VPR Commentaries 2009

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Humanities Commentaries on VPR

2009

 

Luggage and Baggage (12-29-09)

While he was traveling recently, two incidents got commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of new versus old – and about all the baggage we carry with us.

On Learning Vocabulary (12-16-09)

Commentator Peter Gilbert offers some advice—to students who are or will be studying vocabulary words in anticipation of taking the SATs—and to everyone who likes words.

Montreal Massacre Anniversary (12-3-09)

This weekend scholars, social workers, and activists are gathering in Montreal for a three-day international conference about violence against women. Here's commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert to tell you why.

Recent Amazing Discoveries (11-4-09)

Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert has noticed that around the world people are finding things—amazing stuff—but why this spate of wonderful discoveries should be happening now, he doesn't know.

The Al Smith Dinner (10-15-09)

Tonight is the night of one of the most venerable Washington events at which politicians and others crack jokes at the expense of their opponents—and themselves. Here's commentator and executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council Peter Gilbert with the details.  

 Anti-intellectualism in America (10-5-09)

Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director and VPR Commentator Peter Gilbert recently went back and read a classic book that remains as thought-provoking today as it was when it was published 45 years ago.

 Battle of Quebec (9-18-09)

Tomorrow is the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Quebec.  Commentator and Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council Peter Gilbert reflects on that compelling story, and on two historic heroes in his own life.

Big Oil Birthday (8-27-09)

Commentator and executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council Peter Gilbert tells us about the 150th anniversary of an historic event in which he's always had a special interest.

Asking Rhetorical Questions (8-19-09)

Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert has lots of questions on his mind.  And they're all rhetorical.

 On Written Language (7-28-09)

The four hundredth anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's arrival on the lake that now bears his name has reminded commentator and Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Peter Gilbert of two movies—and of the miracle of written language and reading.

 Footprints in the Serengeti (7-17-09)

On the fiftieth anniversary of an important archeological discovery, commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert considers that discovery—and recalls a few of his own memorable impressions of that part of the world.

 Vietnam Anniversary (7-7-09)

Vermont Humanities Council executive director and commentator Peter Gilbert has been thinking about the first Americans to die during the conflict we refer to as the Vietnam War. And it began a half century ago tomorrow.

 Commit to Memory(6-24-09)

Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council and commentator Peter Gilbert is thinking about English kings and queens today, nearly a thousand years of them—and specifically, one of them who fell right in the middle.

Edward Connery Lathem (6-12-09)

When long-time Dartmouth administrator and distinguished editor Edward Connery Lathem died last month at the age of 82, America lost one of the last of a bygone era. Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director and commentator Peter Gilbert has this remembrance.

The Great Turkey Drives (5-25-09)

VPR commentators gathered this spring at Sugarbush Resort to address a common theme, the Long Haul, and we're sharing a few of their thoughts this week. For commentator Peter Gilbert, the theme brought to mind a little known—but highly entertaining—aspect of Vermont's agricultural history.

 Bonnie and Clyde at 75 (5-18-09)

This week marks an historic anniversary that reminds commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert of a film, in which myth, reality, early feminism and irony collide— big time.

The Loveliest of Trees (5-6-09)

This year's cherry blossoms are already going by in Washington, but here in Vermont they're just beginning to bloom.  Here's VPR commentator and Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Peter Gilbert to encourage us to enjoy them—not only now, but all year long.

 English Names in Vermont (4-28-09)

If you're fascinated by words and like to stare at maps, VPR commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert has a book for you.

 The Hazards of Reading (4-16-09)

This is National Library Week, and since executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council, VPR commentator Peter Gilbert promotes reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement, the advice he provides today may surprise you.

North Pole Anniversary (3-31-09)

Some controversy still lingers as to whether Robert Peary was, in fact, the first person to reach the North Pole. But even if he was, he didn't get there alone. Here's commentator and Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Peter Gilbert to tell you about his companion.

From Shelburne to Wasilla (3-5-09)

What do Shelburne, Vermont and Wasilla, Alaska have in common? Here's commentator and executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council Peter Gilbert with the answer.

The Lonesome Death of William Zantzinger (2-19-09)

Recently commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert was surprised to read about the death of a 69-year-old man, whose name reminded him of a song and something Martin Luther King said at Dartmouth in the early 'sixties.

Famous Castaway Rescued 300 Years Ago Today (2-2-09)

Three hundred years ago today a shipwrecked sailor was rescued after spending years alone on a tropical island. Sound familiar? Commentator and Vermont Humanities Executive Director Peter Gilbert has the story.

Poe at 200 (1-19-09)

Today we celebrate two American originals. It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of course. But it's also the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe. Commentator Peter Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council, has been thinking about Poe's life and his connections to Vermont.

A Short History of Presidents (1-13-09)

A look at presidential history reveals some interesting things—according to commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert.

Farewell Address (1-8-09)

As the end of the forty-third presidency approaches, VPR commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert is wondering if President Bush will give a Farewell Address.

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