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

Cultural Revolution (10-1-2014) Recently a mutual friend introduced commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert to poet Anita Feng, who told him a personal story about the remarkable power of poetry.
The Last Passenger Pigeon (9-1-2014) Vermont Humanities Council executive director and commentator Peter Gilbert tells the timely story of the swift extinction of a species that once existed in the billions here in the United States.
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.

And enjoy these timely reflections pulled from the archive

Keats Poem “To Autumn” (10-9-06) Fall colors were at their peak in much of Vermont this past weekend, and for commentator Peter Gilbert they brought to mind a famous poem that's been called ". . . as close to perfect as any shorter poem in the English language."
Searching for Robert Frost in England (10-13-04) A report issued recently by the Vermont Council on Culture and Innovation makes the connection between historic preservation and a community's economic life. Peter Gilbert has been thinking about how hard—but how important—it is to preserve what's special about rural village life.

Peter's VPR Commentaries by year

2014 Commentaries

2013 Commentaries

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2011 Commentaries

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