In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont. Author Yvonne Daley discusses this time in Vermont’s history and its impact today.
Yvonne Daley is the author of six nonfiction books, including “Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks and Radicals Moved to Vermont.”
William Wordsworth was a strange yet pathbreaking poet who resisted writing poems that preened in being poems. UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman discusses how someone so “plain” and “simple” became the most revolutionary, and probably most influential, poet of the past 250 years.
Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” draws many more readers than his other works. The very idea of self-reliance is central to how many Americans define both themselves and our culture. But, as Amherst College professor Barry O’Connell explains, Emerson plays with the meaning of the term until he finally dismisses it altogether. What, then, are we to make of the essay?
Dartmouth professor Peter Travis discusses the subtle irony with which Chaucer depicts his pilgrims, leaving us to judge them for ourselves.
Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines the stories of courtship, seduction, and virtue portrayed and the encoded messages presented in the works of 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer.
Drawing upon Thoreau’s journals and letters, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine examines the spirituality, inherent and explicit, in his walking and writing life.
Today’s opioid epidemic is usually portrayed as a new and shocking development. Yet it is only the most recent crisis in more than a century of widespread addiction to pharmaceuticals. Historian David Herzberg tells the story of past epidemics of addiction and draws lessons from America’s long history of drug policy failures and occasional successes.
Feminist writers around the world have constructed characters that resist dominant power structures. Middlebury assistant professor Catharine Wright discusses several such figures in fiction and memoir and considers the politics of our own reading practices.
Zora Neale Hurston’s landmark novel tells the story of Janie Mae Crawford’s journey from adolescence to maturity, from dependence to autonomy, and most importantly, from silence to speech. Middlebury professor Will Nash examines Janie’s timeless and profoundly relevant journey.