About Vermont Humanities
Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for “Bridge to Terabithia” in 1978 and for “Jacob Have I Loved” in 1981. In this episode, she discusses and reads from “Bridge to Terabithia.”
Vermont Humanities and Vermont Arts Council to Aid Arts and Humanities Organizations with COVID-19 Relief
Arts and humanities organizations in Vermont facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for emergency relief funding through a new partnership between Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council.
Labor historian and Dartmouth professor Annelise Orleck is the author of “We Are All Fast Food Workers Now,” which provides a close look at globalization and its costs. She interviewed berry pickers, fast food servers, garment workers, hotel housekeepers and others who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage.
Along with the Vermont Arts Council, we would like to document the financial distress that cultural organizations and individuals are currently experiencing. Please fill out the Americans for the Arts survey.
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.