Vermont Humanities
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Dazed, Seduced and Transfixed: The Monster Through Time, In Literature and In Our Lives

Our culture is filled with manifestations of the monster. These figures span genres, from mythology to oral tradition to poetry. It is a part of our human cartography. Alongside this legacy, moments of history have sometimes raised the question: “Who is the monster?” The creatures we have created on screen and on the page, or the reflection staring back at us?

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Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion, and the Future of the Written Word

Tim Brookes looks at forms of writing from all over the world that are in danger of extinction, discussing how technology helps define the nature of communication.