Because Ideas Matter
The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Learn more about our programs.
Veterans Book Groups create an opportunity for veterans to explore books, poetry, articles, and short stories, with the goal of fostering camaraderie and a safe space to reflect and share ideas and questions. Participants receive free copies of all readings. Read More »
Personal writing by African-American authors can transcend self-reflection, becoming meditations on history, justice, and freedom from oppression. From Frederick Douglass's first autobiography to Malcolm X's incendiary account of his political awakening, the memoirs and essays in this series reveal as much about society as they do about their authors. Read More »
Vermonters have strong ideas about the importance of their mountain topography. In this lecture, historian Jill Mudgett offers us tools to understand the origins and meaning of our own strongly held attachments to the Vermont landscape. Read More »
According to the medieval Icelandic sagas, a Viking woman came to the New World 500 years before Columbus. Author Nancy Marie Brown tells how a story long thought to be a myth is being proved true by recent archaeological digs in Newfoundland, Greenland, and Iceland. Read More »