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*DIGITAL* Qualities of “Mercy?” Discussion

January 28
7:00 pm

Vermont Humanities Zoom
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Please note: this event will be held on Zoom. Register now for this free discussion.

Join Peter Gould, founder of the “Get Thee to the Funnery” Shakespeare camp, campers Gouri Bhuyan and Audrey Grant, and longtime Funnery participant and Literacy Programs Officer Jonny Flood for a roundtable discussion about their “Qualities of ‘Mercy?’” film.

During the pandemic of 2020, the camp took on the controversial Shakespeare play, “Merchant of Venice” and used it to confront prejudice and hate speech, deal with the pandemic lockdown, and examine the Black Lives Matter movement. The team of campers 8,000 miles apart collaborated on the project that was filmed on Zoom and their iPhones. The piece was edited by Gould and Burlington videographer Isaiah Palmeri.

The discussion is part of “Night of Ideas,” a 24-hour virtual marathon event featuring philosophical debate and artistic performances produced in 75 countries around the world. It is coordinated by the Institut Français, Paris and co-produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US. Learn more at

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