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Wed 02

Finding Your Voice in 2019

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
For those with New Years’ resolutions to write or those just wanting to write more clearly and deliberately, Dartmouth writing instructor Julie Kalish leads an interactive exploration of the principles of context, audience, tone, purpose, and message. Read More »
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Wed 02

The Music of the Late 1960s: Social Upheaval in Song

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
Music historian David Tibbs shares and discusses music from this turbulent era and explores how its songs helped bring revolution into our living rooms. Read More »
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Wed 02

Mad Men and Mad Women: The Construction of Gender in Mid-Century America

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
Using AMC’s TV series Mad Men as an introduction, Middlebury professor Joyce Mao examines the Cold War foundations of gender in the US at the dawn of the 1960s, when the federal government and corporate America indelibly shaped middle-class masculinity and femininity. Read More »
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Wed 02

The Original Renaissance Man: Understanding Leonardo da Vinci

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
Famed for paintings such as The Last Supper and the portrait of Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci was also a dedicated observer and a prolific journal writer. Middlebury associate professor Katy Smith Abbott considers what set him apart, then and now. Read More »
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