Vermont Humanities

50th Anniversary of Vermont Humanities

50 Years

Vermont Humanities was founded nearly 50 years ago, in 1974. Victor R. Swenson, the organization’s first Executive Director, later recalled, “When I was appointed, my first job was to open an office, so I started in January 1974 on New Year’s Day because we were in a hurry to get started. I moved a picnic table into the office, which was empty, and a folding chair and got to work.”

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Farmers Night with Kekla Magoon and NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo)

February 7, 2024: 7:30 pm

Join us at the Vermont State House for a special Black History Month presentation featuring National Book Award Finalist Kekla Magoon, author of Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People.

Kekla will be joined at the State House by Special Guest Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo), Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ms. Lowe and Ms. Magoon will speak together about the role of the humanities and women’s scholarship in advancing social justice, women’s rights, and racial equity.

Seating is limited, please reserve your spot today!


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About the Presenters

Kekla Magoon is the author of many novels and nonfiction books for young readers. She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, three Coretta Scott King Honors, the Walter Award Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award. She serves on the faculty of VCFA.



Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo) was appointed by President Joseph R. Biden as the Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2020. Lowe is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Ganado, Arizona. She has served on
the board of the National Indian Education Association and as a trustee for the National Museum of the American Indian.

Vermont Humanities*** December 12, 2023