VPR Comentaries

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Humanities Commentaries on VPR

Each month, VHC’s Executive Director Peter Gilbert presents commentaries on Vermont Public Radio that examine current and past events from a humanities perspective.

Read or listen to Peter’s commentaries by clicking on the links below.

Peter's Commentaries Have Been Compiled into a New Book

Peter Gilbert Publishes I Was Thinking . . . Travels in the World of Ideas

“In what appears to be a paradox, Americans may have become more opinionated and yet less confident in their capacity to think for themselves. Could that be in part because Americans are reading less? And engaging less with the world of ideas?”

So asks Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Peter Gilbert in the introduction to this collection of more than sixty lively essays adapted from his frequent commentaries on Vermont Public Radio. I Was Thinking is a perfect book for anyone who enjoys ideas and loves learning. Learn more about I Was Thinking . . .


Recent commentaries

Move-in Day (8-18-2014) It’s that time of year when many parents are dropping their children off to begin college, and commentator Peter Gilbert is reminded of one parenting style that may be problematic—but certainly isn’t new.
War and Irony (8-7-2014) This summer, several virtually simultaneous anniversaries of war has commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert thinking about how ironic war is, and how tragic.
Civil War Stress Disorders (7-22-2014) In the midst of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Civil War, commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert considers a largely overlooked topic related to the war, PTSD.

And enjoy these timely reflections pulled from the archive

Summer inspired by Wordsworth (8-20-03) Vermont summers are short, but memories of the warm season are long. Peter Gilbert reflects on the power of childhood memories of natural beauty.
Yard Sales (8-19-05) You find some of the darndest things at yard sales. Recently commentator Peter Gilbert found a family board game, and it was not a . . . Trivial Pursuit.

Peter's VPR Commentaries by year

2014 Commentaries

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