Damian Costello

Damian Costello specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. He is an international expert on the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk.

Alison O’Leary

Author Alison O’Leary is a longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers in Texas, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts.

The Harlem Renaissance

William Tortolano draws a vivid recollection of the 1920’s and 1930’s, the great cultural rebirth of African-American music, art, and literature.

What You Didn’t Know about Evangelicalism

Video: Most Americans associate evangelicals with the hard-right precincts of the Republican Party. But as Dartmouth religion professor Randall Balmer explains, evangelicalism in America has a much longer and more complex history, including a distinguished pedigree of working for progressive reforms. What happened?

Natural Icons and National Identity: Frederic Church’s Landscapes

Video: Author and advocate Susan Clark explains the Slow Democracy movement in which ordinary peopleFrederic Church painted landscapes of distinctive American features, including Natural Bridge in Virginia and Niagara Falls in New York. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explores how and why we used these American landscapes to distinguish the scale and scope of our cultural ambitions.

Slow Democracy and the Power of Neighborliness

Video: Author and advocate Susan Clark explains the Slow Democracy movement in which ordinary people mobilize to find local solutions to local problems. In the process some find they can bridge the “us-them” divide so prevalent in our national politics.

Emily Dickinson: Poet of New England

Video: Emily Dickinson lived her entire life in Amherst, Massachusetts. One of the greatest American poets, and probably the most important woman poet of all time, she was also a quintessential New England poet. UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman explores what Dickinson can teach us. Part of PoemCity 2019 in Montpelier.