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September 2017

Book Discussion: Middlemarch by George Eliot

September 24
1:30 pm

Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft, both literal and figurative—such as George Eliot's Middlemarch—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. Participants will enjoy digesting this work in a multi-session group, the ideal environment in which to relish it. Read More »

Eliza Marsh’s Book of Sentiments

September 24
3:00 pm
Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh

Brandon resident Eliza Marsh had an unusual hobby: she collected the autographs of leading abolitionists in the 1840s. Historian Kevin Thornton discovered her project—though her book has disappeared—and will share his research on her life and labor. $2 program only or free with Museum admission. Read More »

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Burlington Rising: Fufu Demo with Schkinah

September 24
4:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington

Not formally a bread, fufu is a staple of the Congolese diet. It is eaten with everything from breakfast to dinner. Learn more about the DR Congolese culture and foods in this hands-on demo. Read More »

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Fufu Demo with Schkinah

September 24
4:00 pm

Burlington Rising is a series of lectures, culinary workshops, and community discussions centered on the historical role of food in human civilization and its connection to cultural identity. Read More »

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Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do?

September 25
6:30 pm
Image of Anne Frank

Although Anne Frank’s Diary is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world after the Bible, little attention has been paid to her neighbors. Why did some people ignore her situation, while others felt compelled to resist? Read More »

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Book Discussion: Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill

September 25
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: Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill

September 25
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 »

From Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small-Boat Traditions

September 26
7:00 pm
Photo of historical boat scene

The stories of Vermont naval history and commercial shipping have been well documented by generations of historians. In this slide presentation, Douglas Brooks shares his research on these traditions, and his work in recreating some of these historic vessels. Read More »

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Ideas on Tap: Not Just a Musical: The Book of Mormon as Text

September 26
7:00 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon inspired controversy even before its first publication in 1830. To believers, it is an ancient Christian scripture, discovered and translated by Joseph Smith, Jr., originally from Vermont, following a divine revelation. Join UVM literature professor Elizabeth Fenton for an introduction to The Book of Mormon and a discussion of its (very complicated) structure and plot-lines, as well as its history. Read More »

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The Writing Life

September 27
5:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
Image of Typewriter

Writer, humorist, and regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1963, Calvin Trillin takes an antic look at writing as an occupation in a country in which the shelf life of a book is “somewhere between milk and yogurt.” Read More »

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