Vermont Humanities
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American Modernism

Video: Citing examples from the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, and others, former Head of American Paintings at Christie’s and Sotheby’s James Maroney provides an overview of American art from 1913 to 1949 and explains its importance and beauty.

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Daily Life in Prewar Nazi Germany

Video: Focusing on the prewar experience of non-Jewish citizens, Keene State professor Paul Vincent examines how ideology and terror undermined human dignity, numbed self-awareness, and atomized German society.

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Bread and Roses, Too

Video: Acclaimed children’s book author Katherine Paterson discusses her novel of historical fiction that tells the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike in the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile mills through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and a runaway boy.

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Race at Ground Zero: Integration in Leland, Mississippi

Video: Pulitzer-winning historian and filmmaker Douglas Blackmon speaks about and offers a sneak peek of his documentary film The Harvest. It looks at the failure of public school integration and its relation to our nation’s current racial turmoil, as seen through the eyes of people born in 1964 in his hometown of Leland, Mississippi—the state’s first students to attend integrated classrooms from K to 12.

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Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

Video: Douglass and Lincoln — one born a slave, the other born dirt poor — became respectively one of the nation’s greatest orators and one of its greatest presidents. Harvard professor John Stauffer examines their friendship, the similarities in their lives, and their legacies.

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The Voyage of the St. Louis and American Refugee Policy

Video: Keene State professor Paul Vincent tells the story of the 1939 voyage of the St. Louis, which carried mostly Jewish refugees fleeing Germany. Turned away by Havana, despite holding Cuban landing permits, the ship sailed for the US, where passengers were also denied entry. Vincent discusses the event in the context of the history of US immigration policy.

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Jane Austen in Her Time

Video: Jane Austen lived in exciting times, and yet until recently was considered “untouched by the political, intellectual, and artistic revolutions of her age.” Drawing on Austen’s novels, Dartmouth visiting assistant professor Suzanne Brown shows how Austen was in fact a keen observer of her era’s values who both shared and critiqued them.

Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

Video: Yale professor David Blight discusses America’s collective memory of the Civil War and the perilous path of remembering and forgetting.