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Coming of Age in Vermont: Transits of Youth in a Complexly Interwoven World

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October 18, 2023: 7:00 pm

In the 1920s, Margaret Mead’s book Coming of Age in Samoa ignited fiery debate about the influence of culture in adolescent development. Anthropologist Kristin Bright considers this legacy for how we think about the entanglements of AI and coming-of-age today by drawing on ethnographic research in Vermont and Canada and exploring how youth imagine themselves in ways that stretch, use, and refuse digital technologies.



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About the Presenter

Kristin Bright wears eyeglasses on top of her head and smiles, standing in front of a sunset over a lake. Kristin Bright grew up in Addison County, Vermont, and is a professor of cultural and digital anthropology at Middlebury College. Her research focuses on the ways people imagine social worlds of connection, care, and futurity in schools, clinics, households, and other settings in Asia and North America. In 2017 she and her students founded an ethnographic research lab called The Body Online ( to understand how people imagine and interact with emerging practices of the body, technology, and activism online including youth digital cultures.





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October 18, 2023
7:00 pm
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Vermont Humanities
(802) 262-2626


Norwich Public Library
368 Main St
Norwich, VT 05055 United States
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