Vermont Humanities
Memory of the Garden at Etten (Ladies of Arles) by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)

Vincent Van Gogh and His Language of Compassion

Despite his reputation for madness, Vincent Van Gogh was a compassionate and faith-filled man. Art historian Carol Berry explains how Van Gogh depicted the sacredness of life in ways that touched and comforted people around the world.

Political science professor Meg Mott with the Constitution

Meg Mott on “The Glorious Occupation” of Citizenship

We speak with Meg Mott—political theory professor, constitutional scholar, and the moderator at Putney’s town meeting—about the ongoing threats to Vermont’s town meeting tradition.

Camera crew shooting in Pittsford Vermont in 1950

Before Your Time: A Town Solves a Problem

Town meeting is central to our identity as a little state on a human scale that does things differently. But what happens to town meeting when it needs to change during a pandemic? Or when it changes because Vermont itself has changed?

Woman speaking into a microphone at East Montpelier Town Meeting. Photo by Terry J. Allen

Talking In Place: What Can Vermont Town Meetings Teach Us About Bridging Divides?

Author Susan Clark, historian Paul M. Searls, podcaster Erica Heilman, and UVM professor Cheryl Morse reflect on what Vermont’s rural town meeting tradition can teach us about our nation’s democracy today.

Boy looking into mailbox. Photo by Library of Congress

Before Your Time: Send Me a Box

We examine some of the products that people have mailed from and to Vermont, from maple syrup to complete houses and almost everything in between.

Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

Why Does the Electoral College Matter?

When the national vote and the electoral vote reach different conclusions, as happened in 2016, voters on the losing side cry foul. Why do we have an electoral college in the first place? Meg Mott considers the rationale behind this 18th century institution.

People walking on the High Line park in New York City

The Postmodern Turn in Architecture

The designs and skylines of our cities are constantly changing, molded by economic forces and by our ideas of who we are as humans. Champlain College professor David Mills explores how opposing theories of human nature have shaped and reshaped cities in the last century, from modern to postmodern and beyond.

Jason Broughton and Laura Jiménez

Let’s Talk Antiracism

Dr. Laura Jiménez joins Vermont State Librarian Jason Broughton to examine ways to lead effective discussions centered on diversity and antiracism.

Eyedropper and small bottle on background with marijuana leaf

Cannabis: Medical Uses and Public Safety

UVM Pharmacology professor Dr. Karen Lounsbury reviews the history of cannabis and the medicinal products derived from it, as well as the benefits, risks, and the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis.

Nicholas Black Elk and family

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.