Yvonne Daley

Yvonne Daley is the author of six nonfiction books, including “Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks and Radicals Moved to Vermont.”

UVM Professor Reflects on Influence of Poet William Wordsworth

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.

Amherst Professor Explores Meaning of Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”

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?

SUNY-Buffalo Historian Looks at History Behind Opioid Addiction

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.

Middlebury Professor Explores Women’s Resistance in Literature

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.