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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Come enjoy 400+ humanities
events held across Vermont.

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Featured Events

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Art and the Discomfort Zone

A five-week seminar focused on art that challenges cultural norms about what is “pretty” to spur creative growth. Former instructor at the Art Institute of California, Pim Volpi, takes participants through various artistic movements, culminating in making pieces inspired by the concepts presented. Open to young adults & up.

Meetings on Saturdays, July 6, 2024 through August 3, 2024

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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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A Hard Look at America: All the President’s Men

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: Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, All the President’s Men.

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Family Nature Hunt

Renowned author and naturalist, Clare Walker Leslie, leads a fun and informative session that helps us see and record the wild world all around us. You’ll be amazed at how many critters and plants make their home near the schoolhouse and how their lives are connected to our own!

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Alison Prine: Words in the Woods

Alison Prine’s latest collection of poems, LOSS AND ITS ANTONYM (Headmistress Press, 2024), won the 2023 Sappho’s Prize in Poetry and was published this March. Her debut poetry collection, STEEL (Cider Press Review, 2016), was named a finalist for the 2017 Vermont Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Five Points, Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, and others. She lives and works in Burlington, Vermont.

Clare Walker Leslie sits on a stone wall with a clipboard wearing bluejeans and a gray sweater
Live Event

Family Nature Hunt

Renowned author and naturalist, Clare Walker Leslie, leads a fun and informative session that helps us see and record the wild world all around us. You’ll be amazed at how many critters and plants make their home near the schoolhouse and how their lives are connected to our own!

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A Hard Look at America: Summer for the Gods

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: Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson.

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Major Jackson: Words in the Woods

Major Jackson is the author of six books of poetry, including Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. He has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Orion Magazine, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry London, and World Literature Today. Major Jackson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University.

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A Hard Look at America: The Armies of the Night

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: Norman Mailer, The Armies of the Night.

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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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Our 2023 Project Grants supported The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Jukebox quartet partnership with Haitian/Vermont painter Julio Desmont for three concerts exploring migration and the intersection of art, geography, and history.

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Our Programs

Vermont Humanities has developed a broad range of programs that serves Vermonters of all ages and backgrounds.  In 2023, 68,529 people took part in our programs across the state, and we held 899 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