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Many Vermonters know Reuben Jackson as the host of Vermont Public Radio’s Friday Night Jazz. In this episode, Jackson shares some evocative Duke Ellington recordings, and discusses Ellington’s love for trains. He also describes the Ellington orchestra’s work in the segregated United States.
Our current situation is not one of our choosing. And we know that this is a very stressful moment for many in our community. But it may be time to sit quietly and take a moment to reflect, especially for those of us with the option to do so.
Because Vermont Humanities partners with dozens of libraries, schools, and community centers around our state to present over 800 events each year, we will work closely with our presenting partners to monitor the situation with COVID-19 in Vermont.
In the early 20th century, black southerners fled racial violence and sharecropping for steady work in northern cities like New York and Chicago. But these migrants still faced challenges once they arrived. In this talk, Dr. Harvey Amani Whitfield explores the Great Migration and its great influence on American history.
Stories from those who founded, hiked, and loved Vermont’s Long Trail, including the first women to through-hike the “footpath in the wilderness” in 1927.
Erica Heilman’s podcast Rumble Strip covers a range of Vermont-related topics, from mental health, hunger, and homelessness to deer hunting, cheerleading, and donut shops. In this talk, Heilman discusses the interview process and shares stories from her podcast, which she describes as “extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. Or that’s the goal.”
Vermont Humanities recently gave a $3,000 grant to Norwich University to support the “Trauma, Veterans, and Shakespeare” project, which will explore how literature and theatre can help veterans find resilience in the face of trauma.
It’s well-known that Vermont is one of the whitest states in the Union. And so the stories of African American Vermonters can sometimes get forgotten, no matter how important they have been to our state’s and our nation’s history.
We had a lot of fun editing clips from our programs in 2019 into a short year-end video. We revisited John Lewis’ and Andrew Aydin’s trip to Burlington in October, our Fall Conference, Humanities Camps, First Wednesdays, the Before Your Time podcast series, and more.
Vermont Humanities has named Jason Barney, a social studies teacher at Missisquoi Valley Union High School, as its 2019 Humanities Educator of the Year.
Vermont Humanities will examine the most human of quests – the search for home – at its 46th annual fall conference, which will be held on November 15-16 at the University of Vermont’s Dudley H. Davis Center.