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VPR Commentaries 2012

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Humanities Commentaries on VPR

2012

 

Emotions versus Reason and Reality (12-26-2012) This week we're featuring a Sampler of some of the essays recorded live at the Commentator Brunch earlier this year. For commentator Peter Gilbert, the theme — "When Worlds Collide" — was all about the Civil War.
The Halifax Disaster (12-5-12) This time of year, the sight of truckloads of Christmas trees on the highway headed south, remind commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert of the story of Boston's Christmas tree. It goes back exactly ninety-five years to Halifax, Nova Scotia and the first World War. Here's Peter Gilbert with that powerful story.
Whitman's Election Day (11-6-2012) It's been said that you campaign in poetry and govern in prose. And as the country prepares to vote once again, commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert tells us about a timely poem written by one of America's greatest poets.
Electoral Effect (10-23-12) With the presidential election fast approaching, commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert took a look at previous elections. There he found some landslides, some extremely close races, and some very interesting stories.
Books that Changed History (10-12-12) We know that books change people's lives all the time. But can books other than sacred texts also change history? Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert says the answer is yes, and he points to events that happened and books that were published fifty years ago this year that may have changed history in ways impossible to overstate.
Paramount Object (8-16-12) Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert tells us about a famous exchange of letters between the highly influential abolitionist Horace Greeley and President Lincoln, which occurred one hundred and fifty years ago next week.
Fannie Lou Hamer (8-8-12) The upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions cause commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert to think of the 1964 Democratic National Convention— and an inspired civil rights activist.
Olympic Arts (7-23-12) With the summer Olympics about to start, commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert tells us about a time not so long ago when athletic prowess was not the only thing to receive medals at Olympic games.
Medal of Honor (7-11-12) We're about to mark the 150th anniversary of a Civil War era event that has reminded commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert of a timely Vermont story that links a great flood with exceptional bravery—and President Abraham Lincoln.
War of 1812 Begins (6-18-12) June 18th, 1812 is a date in American history that students don't often learn in school. It's not a very memorable date. But according to commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert, it marks the beginning of a memorable story.
Interstate Impact (6-6-12) Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert tells us about the development of the Interstate Highway System and a research project that is documenting the construction of the interstates here in Vermont.
Precision Manufacturing (5-23-12) This Saturday, two new exhibits will open at the American Precision Museum in Windsor, both related to the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Civil War. According to Vermont Humanities Council executive director and commentator Peter Gilbert, together they tell important stories—of individuals and the nation.
Forever Young (5-3-12) Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert has been thinking about two things that all people have in common— aging and mortality. They've been on his mind since Dick Clark died recently at the age of 82. But then writing about Dick Clark never seems to get old.
Remembering Guernica (4-25-12) Scenes of Syrian civilians being bombed by their own government have reminded commentator and executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council Peter Gilbert of similar events that took place 75 years ago tomorrow—with far-reaching consequences for both civil society and the arts.
William and Julian Scott (4-13-12) We’re in the midst of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, which raged for four years, from April 1861 to April 1865. Here’s commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert with the dramatic stories of two Vermont soldiers who were not related, but who shared the same last name.
Willie's Story (2-20-12) Today is both President's Day and the anniversary of an event that caused great sadness in the Lincoln White House.  Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert has the story – not of a President, but a President's child.
The Presidency (1-30-12) Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert loves movies about the American presidency, especially thrillers. Recently, he saw two that he'd never seen before.
Corporations' Free Speech (1-17-12) Two years ago this month, a bitterly divided Supreme Court overruled precedent and held that the government may not ban political spending by corporations, and that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 violated corporations' right to free speech. Here's commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert to explain.
Centenary (1-2-12) Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert tells us a true story of great suffering, disappointment, and pathos that's one hundred years old this month.
   
   
 
 

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