Twenty New Talks

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Reading Frederick Douglass

Public participatory readings of his Fourth of July speech. Learn more.

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March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Learn more.

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Upcoming Events


Wed 22

*RESCHEDULED* What You Didn’t Know about Evangelicalism

May 22
7:00 pm
Most Americans associate evangelicals with the hard-right precincts of the Republican Party. But as Dartmouth religion professor Randall Balmer explains, evangelicalism in America has a much longer and more complex history, including a distinguished pedigree of working for progressive reforms. What happened? Read More »
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Thu 23

Book Discussion: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

May 23
6:30 pm
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. Read More »
Sat 25

Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters and Gettysburg

May 25
7:00 pm
Vermont sent far more sharpshooters to the Union armies than any other state, on a per capita basis. Historian Howard Coffin will discuss his recent research into this little-recognized group and consider the reasons why Vermont may have been so well-represented in this elite group of marksmen. Read More »
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Tue 28

How the Guitar Conquered America

May 28
6:30 pm
When the first guitar reached these shores 425 years ago, it was a small, unimpressive folk instrument. Now, more guitars are sold in America than all other musical instruments combined. How did this unlikely conquest take place? Tim Brookes attempts to answer that question. Read More »
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