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November 2019

What is Art?

November 21
7:00 pm
Image of Mona Lisa with beard

It is sometimes tempting to think that art is just "in the eye of the beholder." But, by imagining art history as an ongoing conversation, Champlain College Professor David Mills explores ways of encountering art as more than just subjective preference. This highly visual presentation provides new ways to interact with what we find in museums and galleries. Read More »

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The Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era

November 21
7:00 pm
Montgomery Town Library, Montgomery Center

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the "Red Scare" swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston, author of the recently published "Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarty Era," explores some forgotten history. Read More »

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December 2019

Reading and Discussion: The Declaration of Independence

December 2
4:30 pm

Part of the Seminal Statements of American Values series. Founding documents and landmark speeches help us to understand America's operating principles and values—what they mean, how well we practice what we preach, and what relationship words have to action in good times and bad. Read More »

Reading and Discussion: Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech

December 2
7:00 pm

Part of the Seminal Statements of American Values series. Founding documents and landmark speeches help us understand America's operating principles and values—what they mean, how well we practice what we preach, and what relationship words have to action in good times and bad. Read More »

Book Discussion: March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

December 3
6:00 pm

Join us for an insightful community group discussion of the riveting graphic novel and 2019 Vermont Reads book, March: Book One. Copies of the book are available gratuitously at the Brown Public Library and the NMHS library. Pick one up, read it, and then pass it along to a friend. Read More »

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US Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective

December 4
7:00 pm

One would think that current anxieties about immigration in the US have never been more intense, but history teaches us otherwise. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright examines the present-day contradictions of US immigration policy and places them in historical perspective. Read More »

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Graphic Novels to Watch Out For

December 4
7:00 pm

Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy, discusses what makes comics such a powerful medium for addressing and upending oppression. Read More »

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Reading the Rails: Artists Imagine the Underground Railroad

December 4
7:00 pm

Although historians have illuminated much of the mystery of the Underground Railroad, Middlebury professor Will Nash explores how contemporary artists and commentators use romanticized versions of the story to map new “Underground Railroads” and reflect cultural moments. Read More »

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The Other America II

December 4
7:00 pm

Using as inspiration Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 speech “The Other America,” author Mitchell S. Jackson reflects on his childhood in a poor, black community in Portland, Oregon—where he witnessed drug use, gang violence, and sexual exploitation—and reveals how he transformed despair into hope. Read More »

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Lifting Shakespeare Off the Page

December 4
7:00 pm

In this interactive workshop, educator and author Peter Gould helps participants access their own powerful voice by reading, reciting, and performing Shakespeare. Learn how to bring new life to immortal characters! No previous theater training necessary; observers also welcome. Read More »

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