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Advocate for the Humanities

The proposed federal budget calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Please make your voice heard to support the humanities in Vermont and across the country!

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First Wednesdays: March 1

Nine talks around Vermont, including “Hamilton: The Man and the Musical” at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. All presentations start at 7:00 pm.

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Our Programs

The Vermont Humanities Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life. Learn more about our programs.

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First Wednesdays 2016-2017

Talks on the first Wednesday of the month, October to May. See schedule.
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Speakers Bureau

Host a thought-provoking presentation in your town! See our catalogue.
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Vermont Reads 2017

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Learn more.
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Literacy Programs

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

Upcoming Events

Wed 01

Daisy Turner’s Kin

March 1
7:00 pm
Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a multi-generational saga spanning two centuries and played out across three continents. Read More »
Wed 01

Jane Austen in Her Time

March 1
7:00 pm
Jane Austen lived in exciting times, and yet until recently was considered "untouched by the political, intellectual, and artistic revolutions of her age." Drawing on Austen’s novels, Dartmouth visiting assistant professor Suzanne Brown shows how Austen was in fact a keen observer of her era’s values who both shared and critiqued them. Read More »
Wed 01

Conversations That Change How We Live and Die

March 1
7:00 pm
Dartmouth professor and memoirist Irene Kacandes draws our attention to passages from great literature and nonfiction that can help launch or deepen conversations about living and dying. Read More »
Wed 01

The Impressionists: Painters of Modern Life

March 1
7:00 pm
Middlebury professor Kirsten Hoving examines how Impressionists focused in their paintings of contemporary life on cutting-edge modern subjects, imbuing them with controversial, even shocking, meanings. Read More »