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December 2017

Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer

December 16
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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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. This presentation by Mark Greenberg explores the always-rambling Guthrie’s life and legacy. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner

December 18
7:30 pm

Since 1918, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama has spotlighted outstanding playwriting. The titles in this series, including one by four-time winner Eugene O'Neill, span over fifty years of the award. Read More »

Book Discussion: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner

December 18
7:30 pm

Since 1918, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama has spotlighted outstanding playwriting. The titles in this series, including one by four-time winner Eugene O'Neill, span over fifty years of the award. Read More »

Book Discussion: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

December 19
7:30 pm

Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them, and the rewards are many. Read More »

January 2018

Book Discussion: Seven Deadly Sins Sampler: In Short

January 2, 2018
7:00 pm

Delve into selections from the Great Books’ Foundation’s new volume, The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler, and discover why, according to Dartmouth professor of ethics and human values Ronald M. Green, these short stories “remind us that most of our problems arise in the hidden recesses of the human heart.” Read More »

An Evening with Langston Hughes

January 3, 2018
7:00 pm
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In this dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’ poems and short stories, actor and writer David Mills celebrates the life of the Harlem Renaissance writer. Read More »

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The Examined Life

January 3, 2018
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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Socrates famously proclaimed, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Philosophy scholar Suzanne Claxton explores what constitutes the examined life and how we may best pursue it. Read More »

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Race, Nation, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved

January 3, 2018
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
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UVM professor Emily Bernard explores how Beloved argues that America must reckon with the consequences of our nation’s original sin—slavery. Read More »

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The Indian World of George Washington

Dartmouth College professor Colin Calloway discusses the first president’s relations with Indian peoples and considers how Native American nations and lands shaped the man who shaped the republic. Read More »

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American Exceptionalism Revisited

January 3, 2018
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury

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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