The Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk

Historian Damian Costello explores the life of the man behind the famous book Black Elk Speaks. Nicholas Black Elk’s Lakota philosophy can help us see the natural world as a unified whole, and his continued hope amidst great tragedy can inform how we approach contemporary crises.

Telling Disability Stories: Histories, Representations, and Imaginations

(Transcript and slides only.) The meaning of “disability” shifts across time, places, and cultures. In spotlighting stories centered on disabled people, Middlebury professor Susan Burch draws on history, popular media representations, and inclusive design practices to reimagine our past, present, and possible future.

Making Rumble Strip in My Closet

Podcaster Erica Heilman discusses her interview process and shares stories from her “Rumble Strip” podcast, which she describes as “extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. Or that’s the goal.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Ceremony 2021

Tim Wise, a prominent anti-racist writer and educator gave this keynote presentation on January 17 for the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Burlington as part of a remembrance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Qualities of “Mercy?”

In 2020, the “Get Thee to the Funnery” Shakespeare camp took on the controversial Shakespeare play, “Merchant of Venice” and used it to confront prejudice and hate speech, deal with the pandemic lockdown, and examine the Black Lives Matter movement.

Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont

Those who put food on our tables disproportionately experience food insecurity in their own homes. UVM professor Teresa Mares illuminates the many ways Latinx farm workers in Vermont sustain themselves and their families while also serving as the backbone of the state’s agricultural economy.

Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place

The painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910) occupies an unusual and pivotal place in the history of American art. Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum, sketches Homer’s long and productive career, focusing on how he bridged the sentimental culture of the nineteenth century with the visual culture of the modern era.

Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre: The Making of a Graphic Biography

Cartoonist Glynnis Fawkes explains the research and design processes she followed to create her graphic biography, “Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre.” Focusing on two segments of the biography, she illuminates moments in Brontë’s life that were key to her literary success.

Night Moves: Discovering the Wonders of Bird Migration

Many of us are dazzled by autumn colors during the daytime. But we can be just as dazzled by the night moves of thousands of birds passing quietly overhead during their fall migration. Join “bird diva” Bridget Butler to discover this almost-silent world.

The Complicated Histories of Monuments

As monuments come down across the US, some decry that history is being erased. But what (and whose) history do monuments contain? Using several American and European monuments as examples, UVM Art History professor Kelley Di Dio explores why, when, and by whom these monuments were made, and considers what should be done with them.