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VPR Commentaries 2011

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Humanities Commentaries on VPR

2011

 

Philanthropy (12-6-11) When most of us think of philanthropists, we think of people who give a lot of money to charity, like Andrew Carnegie and Bill Gates. But commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert argues that the real meaning of philanthropy is found in the roots of the word itself.
A World Torn Loose (9-13-11) The terrible flood damage in Vermont caused by tropical storm Irene has reminded Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert of a poem by Robert Frost - a poem inspired by an incident Frost witnessed during the great flood of 1927.
Before 9/11 (8-19-11) As America prepares to observe the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, VPR commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert offers some historical context.
Jesse Owens (8-1-11) Exactly seventy-five years ago today Adolf Hitler personally welcomed the world to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Perhaps what we remember most about those games is an African-American athlete named Jesse Owens. Here's commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert with the story.
Machu Picchu (7-21-11) Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert tells us about a major archaeological event that happened a hundred years ago this Sunday, and the remarkable man at its center.
Bull Run (7-11-11) One hundred and fifty years ago next week, the first major land battle of the Civil War was fought just short distance from Washington, DC. According to commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert, it was a rude awakening for the North, and only the beginning of a national waking nightmare that would last four years.
Albion's Seed (6-23-11) Summer is a good time to explore our roots—both collectively and as individuals.  And while we're at it, commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert says there's a provocative book that explores the historical roots of regional differences in this country.
King James Bible at 400 (6-9-11) Four hundred years ago—this year—a hugely important translation of the Bible was published.  According to commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert, it's quite a text—and quite a story. 
Thinking is Hard Work (5-31-11) Recently commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert picked up the autobiography of Albert Schweitzer. He was struck by how Schweitzer's concerns about the lack of thought or reason in society—are as timely today as they were when he wrote them 80 years ago.
Words Matter (5-17-11) Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert has some thoughts about the importance of parents talking with very young children.
Enlisting in the Union Army (4-21-11) After Fort Sumter was shelled on April 12, 1861, war was very much on Vermonters' minds. Here's commentator and head of the Vermont Humanities Council, Peter Gilbert, with excerpts from a letter written exactly 150 years ago this Saturday by a resident of Barre, who wanted to enlist and fight alongside his brother.
Challenge of Statistics (4-4-11) More than three weeks after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the nuclear crisis continues.  The death toll is already in the thousands—and still rising. Peter Gilbert, commentator and executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council, considers how we respond to such staggering news. 
Film Fest Season (3-14-11) Commentator Peter Gilbert is executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council. With the annual Green Mountain Film Festival coming to Montpelier at the end of this week, he's been thinking about movies, books, and ideas.
Humanities and Cairo (2-22-11) Commentator Peter Gilbert is the Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council.  He's been thinking about what our fascination with daily developments in Cairo tells us about the importance of the humanities here in this country.
Lincoln Farewell (2-10-11) On February 11, 1861, Abraham Lincoln said goodbye to his home state of Illinois and began his journey to Washington, DC.  Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert has the story of Lincoln's farewell.
In Fact Slavery (2-1-11)
As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaches, the Vermont Humanities Council has been sending out weekly emails reporting on what happened—and what people said and wrote—during that week 150 years ago.  Commentator and council executive director Peter Gilbert thinks that this weekly "play-by-play" brings the cause of the war into sharp focus.
  
 

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