First Wednesdays

We’re thrilled to announce our new season of free First Wednesdays public lectures for 2020-2021, including a series of digital-only talks this fall.

Fall Conference:
Democracy 20/20

Join us online, and then in person, at our 47th annual Fall Conference as we take a clear-eyed look at the theory and practice of democracy. Free online sessions are available now.

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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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Digital 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 Digital Events

Humanities talks and workshops, streamed to your home. Learn more.

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Upcoming Events


Tue 22

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson

September 22
7:00 pm
Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »
Wed 23

*DIGITAL* The Informed Citizen, from Athens to Today

September 23
7:00 pm
What does it mean to be an informed citizen? What, if anything, should we expect citizens to know before casting a ballot in an election? Melissa Schwartzberg will address these questions, with an eye toward the history of democracy, particularly in ancient Athens. Read More »
Fri 25

*DIGITAL* The Value of Our Stories

September 25
6:00 pm
Each one of us has a story that is valuable. Poet Rajnii Eddins utilizes spoken word as a tool for engagement in conversations about race, culture, equity and the richness to be found in each of our stories. Read More »
Wed 30

*DIGITAL* My Brigadista Year: A Democratic Ideal Amidst a Movement

September 30
7:00 pm
Join us for a conversation between Katherine Paterson and Vermont Humanities Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup about Paterson's trips to Cuba and what compelled her to write about the Cuban literacy brigades of the early 1960s. Read More »