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May 2017

A Thinking Person’s Guide to Watching Wildlife Films

May 30
7:00 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
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UVM anthropologist Luis Vivanco will unpack how nature and culture are portrayed in wildlife films over time, using the history of cinematic penguins as a key example. Part of the Ideas on Tap conversation series, held in partnership with the University of Vermont Humanities Center. Read More »

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June 2017

Moth Girl Dreaming Storytelling Event

June 2
5:30 pm

Community members and students from Westford Elementary School will present dramatic readings of selected texts from Brown Girl Dreaming, poems of their own, as well as engage in a community storytelling event modeled on The Moth. Read More »

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Agatha Christie: Creator of Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot

June 2
6:00 pm
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In this living history performance by Helene Lang, Ms. Christie tells you how a typewriter in Torguay spawned over 80 mysteries and created Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. Read More »

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What If Poor Women Ran the World?

June 7
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
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Labor historian Annelise Orleck tells the story of nine African-American union maids in Las Vegas during the 1970’s who challenged welfare cuts and built a long-lasting, vibrant anti-poverty program run by poor mothers. Read More »

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American Exceptionalism Revisited

June 7
7:00 pm

Derek Boothby, former director of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs, considers how the determination of America’s original settlers to create a society different from the 18th century European model has fared in the long term, and offers a naturalized American’s assessment of whether modern America is all that different from anywhere else. Read More »

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Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer

June 8
7:00 pm
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In his music and writing, Woody Guthrie chronicled the devastation of the 1930s dust storms and the Great Depression, championing the dispossessed and economic and social justice. Mark Greenberg explores Guthrie’s life and legacy through his writings, recorded and live examples of his music, and slides of his art and photographs. Read More »

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Getting from Here to There: A History of Roads and Settlement in Vermont

June 8
7:00 pm
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The difficulties of traveling in Vermont played a significant role in the state’s settlement, development, culture and politics. But Vermonters weren’t always eager to have good roads. Novelist Deborah Lee Luskin asks, given this opposition, how is it we now drive cars in all seasons, in all weathers, in all corners of the state? Read More »

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Vermont’s Musical Ladies

June 11
2:00 pm
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Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, explores the contributions of Vermont women to the traditions of parlor songs, women’s club music contests, and social reform efforts. Read More »

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Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

June 11
3:00 pm
Old Stone House Museum, Brownington
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New England’s colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. This presentation by photographer Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture. Read More »

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Vermont History through Song

June 14
1:00 pm
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Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Read More »

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