Vermont Humanities

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Using the humanities, we connect with people across Vermont to create just, vibrant, and resilient communities and to inspire a lifelong love of learning.

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Featured Events

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Exhibit: “Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism”

This exhibit curated and produced by Museum of Chinese in America raises a collective voice against the rising tide of anti-Asian hate and violence, and features stories of Asian American resilience, generosity, creativity and agency.

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A Hard Look at America: Five Days at Memorial – Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

Established by a newspaper publisher and coinciding with the founding of a journalism school at Columbia University, the Pulitzer Prizes have continually recognized excellence in journalism. The books in this series, comprised of Pulitzer-winning reporting and research, dig deep, revealing facts and stories that continue to be relevant years after they were brought to the surface. Chosen book: Sheri Fink: Five Days at Memorial.

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Vermont Reads: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Discussion

Come to the library for an interesting and informative community book discussion of the Vermont Reads book Last Night at the Telegraph Club.

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Vermont Reads: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Discussion

Come to the St. Johnsbury Hub for an interesting and informative community book discussion of the Vermont Reads book Last Night at the Telegraph Club facilitated by Alan Berolzheimer.

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Vermont Reads: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Discussion

Join Baldwin Memorial Library and Blue Mountain Union School for a discussion about The Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo.

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Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont

“Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont” traces Jesse’s life from enslavement in North Carolina to freedom in Vermont. His story is told through letters in the collection at Rokeby Museum and documents at the North Carolina State Archives. The illustrated talk brings the narrative of one slave out of anonymity and explores his life and pursuit of freedom.

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An Evening with Poet Porsha Olayiwola

Join Black writer, performer, and futurist Porsha Olayiwola for this special Poetry Month presentation. Olayiwola is the author of the poetry collection I Shimmer Sometimes Too. Author Clint Smith writes, “Porsha Olayiwola is unlike any other poet writing today…Each poem is a lesson, a story, a mirror that Olayiwola holds up to ensure we pay attention to that which we may have overlooked.”

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Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age: Free Film Screening and Panel

The feature-length documentary Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age follows four women and one man whose lives have been particularly affected by online violence.

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Comics and Queerness in Vermont and Beyond

Vermont Cartoonist Laureate Tillie Walden presents a look at the intersection of indie comics with queer identity through her many graphic novels—from science fiction to memoir to historical retelling. Explore process and power through visual narrative and learn why comics are relevant to Vermonters and beyond.

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Vermont Women and the Civil War

Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state’s military hospitals, and more. And at least one Vermont woman appears to have secretly enlisted and fought in a Vermont regiment!

Drawing from letters and diaries, Coffin tells their story in their own words, describe life during the Civil War in the Green Mountain State.

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Of Wheelmen, The New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920

During the 1890s, enthusiasm exploded statewide as bicycles became safer, women took to the wheel, roads improved, and retailers developed novel advertising techniques to draw in buyers. By 1920, popular interest in bicycles had waned, but it had not just been a fad: the bicycle was tied to important changes in industrial production, consumerism, new road policies and regulations, gender relations, and new cultural ideas about auto-mobility and effortless speed.

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Hybrid Event

Every Problem Is Now a Technology Problem

The Covid Era created new challenges (and opportunities!) for technology education work. Every problem turned into a technology problem, and issues of access and the digital divide became very imposing, very rapidly. What made a difference? Library technologist and author Jessamyn West talks about the Vermont public library response.

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We gave a $5000 project grant to the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction to print and distribute a comic to schools and literacy organizations throughout Vermont.

How We Read, A Graphic Guide To Literacy will help kids experience the joy of reading and overcome the stigma of struggling to read.

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Our Programs

Vermont Humanities has developed a broad range of programs that serves Vermonters of all ages and backgrounds. In 2022, 38,188 people took part in our programs, and we held 677 activities, either hosted by us or by our community partners.

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The Anne Commire Fund for Women in the Humanities supports projects that focus on women writers. Anne (at far left) is shown with the cast of her play “Melody Sisters” in 1984.

The fund was created through a legacy gift of $125,000 from Anne’s estate, one of the largest individual gifts ever made to Vermont Humanities.

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Support Our Work

By giving to Vermont Humanities, you support education for people of all ages through early literacy programs, Humanities Camps for middle-school children, and programs held in libraries, community centers, schools, and correctional facilities.

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Vermont Humanities*** January 13, 2015