We wanted to share some inspiring quotes from the wonderful people we met through our programs in 2017. So we put together a two-minute video that includes photos from many of our programs.
Video: In just fifty years, the Internet has evolved from a military and engineering project to an extension of traditional media to its own full-fledged civilization. Writer and cultural critic Virginia Heffernan presents an original and far-reaching analysis of what the Internet is and does.
Video: UVM professor Huck Gutman considers how William Carlos Williams changed American and world poetry forever by creating a new poetic language and new poetic forms.
Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses on the cathedral door at Wittenburg five hundred years ago launched a movement that utterly transformed Western society and our notions of authority, culture, art, and tradition. Dartmouth Religion professor Randall Balmer assesses the Protestant Reformation half a millennium later.
Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including “Bridge to Terabithia.” The Vermont Humanities Council has selected her book, “Bread and Roses, Too,” as the Vermont Reads book for 2018.
Fourteen schools across Vermont held week-long Humanities Camps this summer, more than any previous year. At camp, students and teachers take off their “school year” hats and launch into activities and field experiences often not possible during a regimented school day.
VHC supported an educational program for Nepali Bhutanese children who are interested in learning more about their cultural heritage.
The Burlington school made reading “Brown Girl Dreaming” a school-wide project. Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir is the Vermont Humanities Council’s book for Vermont Reads 2017.
Luis Vivanco is a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont, which sponsored three First Wednesdays Lectures on Happiness and collaborated with VHC on six Ideas on Tap events in 2016.
Carey Russ has helped facilitate two Veterans Book Groups for women at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “The book groups have been by far the most popular programming we’ve done here,” she says.