Vermont Humanities

When Cultures Meet: First Contact in the Lake Champlain Basin

Wake Robin Retirement Community 200 Wake Robin Dr, Shelburne, VT

In 1609, Frenchman Samuel de Champlain became the first European to visit the 110-mile lake that now bears his name. (In 1608, Champlain had founded Quebec City.) In fiction and nonfiction, the series explores the ramifications of contact between Europeans and the native inhabitants in the Champlain Basin and New England generally, and the ensuing history of the region.

When Cultures Meet: First Contact in the Lake Champlain Basin

Wake Robin Retirement Community 200 Wake Robin Dr, Shelburne, VT

In 1609, Frenchman Samuel de Champlain became the first European to visit the 110-mile lake that now bears his name. (In 1608, Champlain had founded Quebec City.) In fiction and nonfiction, the series explores the ramifications of contact between Europeans and the native inhabitants in the Champlain Basin and New England generally, and the ensuing history of the region.

Suspicious Minds: Conspiracy Theory Explained

Vermont Humanities Zoom VT

Cultural critic Mark Dery delves deep into the history, causes, and current proliferation of conspiracy theories. He explores their appeal, social media’s role in spreading them, and the threat they pose to democracy and to the very notions of objective fact and nonpartisan truth. 

The Talk: Children of Color Who Grow Up with White Parents

Vermont Humanities Zoom VT

When Black families refer to The Talk, it pertains to the important conversation parents must have with their children if they are to survive and prosper in a racially hostile environment. The Talk, Vermont invites you into these conversations, along with other talks about the various forms of systemic bigotry people of color and marginalized communities encounter.

The Making of “No Other Lake”

Ilsley Public Library 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT

In 2021, UVM student Jordan Rowell kayaked the 120-mile length of Lake Champlain. Over a two-week journey, Rowell and local filmmaker Duane Peterson conducted interviews to better understand the challenges facing the lake and to explore our relationship with natural resources in the era of climate change. The pair shares excerpts from their short documentary film and discusses its creation.

Adapting Traditional Stories into Mainstream Literature

Norwich Public Library 368 Main St, Norwich, VT

Indigenous people have shared stories to pass down knowledge, ways of living, traditions, and ceremonies for thousands of years. Author David A. Robertson examines his middle grade fiction fantasy novels, The Misewa Saga, and discusses what role traditional stories played in the development of the series. He explains how he honored the richness, intent, and themes of those original stories. 

“The Other Side of Hope:” Films About Immigration

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main St, St Johnsbury, VT

Filmmakers have tackled issues of displacement, discrimination, exploitation, and assimilation in movies like The Other Side of Hope (Syrians in Finland) and Dirty Pretty Things (West Africans in London.) Film history expert Rick Winston shares clips from fifteen works that address one of the most pressing issues of our times. 

Are Your City’s Monuments Worthy? Take the Quiz!

Vermont Humanities Zoom VT

Many communities recently have questioned the value of long-standing monuments. These debates can strike at the heart of history and memory. Seeking dialogue instead of a shouting match, author Raffi Andonian suggests four simple questions for communities to consider as they evaluate historic sites, famous figures, and public monuments. 

Haymaking, Barns, and Farm Memories

Vermont Humanities Zoom VT

In his book The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families, Steven Hoffbeck shows that haymaking was more than just harvesting grass, alfalfa, and clover. It was about toil, fears, and the fragile nature of human life. Anyone who grew up on a farm—or wishes they had grown up on a farm—will enjoy the insights and humor of this multimedia presentation. 

What is Trauma Informed Journalism?

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT

Journalist and activist Lori Yearwood explores what it means to be a trauma-informed journalist when reporting on difficult topics. Having experienced homelessness herself, she suggests key ideas to keep in mind as journalists engage with populations who face dire situations and systemic poverty.