Jefferson never knew the Monticello of today—in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Dartmouth senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay in architecture.”
Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, author of The Rain in Portugal, Aimless Love, and other books, will speak and read from his work.
Middlebury professor emeritus John Keenan considers how we come to understand scripture and gain an interfaith reading of the text by stepping back to see it in context and by stepping aside the text to see parallels and similarities with other traditions.
Dartmouth professor Peter Travis discusses the genius and enduring humanity of Geoffrey Chaucer, the 14th-century “Father of English Poetry.”
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.
Dartmouth professor and historian of American religion Randall Balmer both looks at the internal diversity of American Evangelicalism, which is generally seen as monolithic but that includes a progressive strain focused on personal and social reform as opposed to theological orthodoxy, and reflects on its theological insights and contradictions.
Middlebury professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.
We take history for granted, but it owes its inception and survival to two extraordinary individuals. Middlebury professor Jane Chaplin considers the contributions of Herodotus (ca. 484-424) and Thucydides (ca. 455-400) to the development of historiography.
Drawing on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays “The American Scholar,” “Self-Reliance,” and “Experience,” Amherst professor emeritus Barry O’Connell explores the many ways Emerson’s writings continue to offer insights that can make our lives more open and fruitful.
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