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We were awarded a 2020 Schwartz Prize for best public humanities programming in the U.S. for Vermont Reads 2019: March: Book One.

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Vermont Humanities seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Learn more about our programs.

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2019 Annual Report

Photos, videos, and other memories from a wonderful year. View the Report.
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Upcoming Events

Sun 29

*DIGITAL* A History of the Concept of Race

November 29
7:00 pm
The first European to divide the peoples of the world into distinct races, in the seventeenth century, claimed that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia were one of four races on earth. Professor William Edelglass will trace the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today. Read More »
Tue 01

*DIGITAL*: Racism in America Forum: Growing Up Black in Rural Vermont

December 1
7:00 pm
Moderated by Reverend Arnold Isidore Thomas, this month's forum Growing Up Black in Vermont features a panel of African American students from Mount Mansfield Union High School, Woodstock Union High School, and Randolph Union High School, who will share their experiences. Read More »
Wed 02

*DIGITAL* The Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk

December 2
7:00 pm
Historian Damian Costello explores the life of the man behind the famous book Black Elk Speaks. Nicholas Black Elk’s Lakota philosophy can help us see the natural world as a unified whole, and his continued hope amidst great tragedy can inform how we approach contemporary crises. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
Wed 02

*DIGITAL* After “Migrant Mother:” The Promise and Peril of the First Green New Deal

December 2
7:00 pm
The Farm Security Administration helped rural Americans improve their lives through small loans and improved farm practices during the Great Depression. Middlebury professor Kathryn Morse explores the program's successes and failures. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »