The Power of the Press

In our latest podcast episode with VTDigger and the Vermont Historical Society, we explore the first woman to speak before the Vermont legislature, a WWII watchdog based in Barnard, and a rock opera about a congressman re-elected from jail.

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Tue 26

Book Discussion: Selected Works of Flannery O’Connor

March 26
7:00 pm
Short stories, as a modern genre, emerged in the early 19th century, and mushroomed with the development of journals and magazines. This series reflects both the short story’s 19th-century roots and its later development as a 20th-century art form. Read More »
Thu 28

The Many Meanings of Maple

March 28
7:00 pm
Maple is enormously important to Vermont’s economy, ecology, and heritage. Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont. Read More »
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Thu 28

Vermont Reads: Film Screening of The Butler

March 28
7:00 pm
Loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, The Butler tells the story of Cecil Gaines, an African-American who serves as a White House Butler for more than three decades and is witness to notable historic events. Read More »
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Fri 29

Book Discussion: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

March 29
4:30 pm
Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them, and the rewards are many. Read More »