Fall Conference 2017

“The Double-Edged Sword of Technology” takes place at the University of Vermont on Nov. 17-18. You must have registered in advance for the conference.

First Wednesdays, Dec. 6

Nine talks across Vermont, including “Hamilton: The Man and the Musical” in Montpelier.

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First Wednesdays 2017-2018

Talks in nine towns, October through May. Learn more.

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“Bread and Roses, Too” by Katherine Paterson. Learn more.

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Designed for specific underserved and at-risk audiences. Learn more.

Upcoming Events


Sat 18

Sociable Solitude

November 18
9:00 am
- 10:15 am
Sociable solitude—whether we find it in being alone with a book, or alone in prayer, alone with our phones—is an ancient human experience and pervasive element of contemporary life. Amy Hungerford, literature professor and Dean of Humanities at Yale, explores the history, practice, and meaning of sociable solitude in the internet age. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

The Pace of Innovation and Other Drags on Future Economic Growth

November 18
10:35 am
The debate about future U.S. economic growth has been framed as a conflict between techno-optimists and techno-pessimists. But there are other powerful forces in addition to the pace of innovation that are pushing downward on economic growth. Professor Gordon will outline some of the major forces and consider what they mean for future economic growth. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

Technology and Social Change in Pre-Modern East Asian Civilization

November 18
10:35 am
This session will explore technological developments from the early history of China (such as iron weapons, rice field farming, and wood block printing) and examine their impact, both positive and negative, intended and unforeseen, on the East Asian world before the modern era. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

Optimizing Data

November 18
10:35 am
Data is turned out in unimaginable quantities day and night by our myriad computers and smart devices. It is analyzed and optimized in the belief that it holds the answers to our most challenging problems, from public policy to personal health. Is there a happy medium between the “gut” and data? (Registration required.) Read More »