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April 2018

Book Discussion: The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams

April 23
7:30 pm

Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life. The following memoirs use both traditional and unconventional formats to do just that. Read More »

Race at Ground Zero: Integration in Leland, Mississippi

April 24
7:00 pm
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Pulitzer-winning historian and filmmaker Douglas Blackmon speaks about and offers a sneak peek of his documentary film The Harvest. It looks at the failure of public school integration and its relation to our nation's current racial turmoil, as seen through the eyes of people born in 1964 in his hometown of Leland, Mississippi—the state’s first students to attend integrated classrooms from K to 12. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

April 24
7:00 pm

Part of the Family History series. The Pulitzer-winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but the ways difficult chapters of a family's past are revealed by the passing of time. Read More »

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer

April 25
1:00 pm
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Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Four Freedoms by Franklin Delano Roosevelt

April 25
6:00 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 »

Book Discussion: A Country Year by Sue Hubbell

April 25
6:30 pm

Vermonters know as well as anyone the rich metaphors inherent in farming and gardening. These authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. Read More »

Transatlantic Traumas: Endangering the West

April 25
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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"The West" has been challenged by President Trump's policies, Russian covert actions, and domestic nativist and nationalistic tendencies. Stan Sloan, Visiting Scholar at Middlebury and author of Defense of the West, examines whether a perfect storm of external threats and internal politics is undermining Western values and interests. Read More »

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

April 25
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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Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

April 26
7:00 pm
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Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites. Read More »

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PoemCity 2018: David Hinton Poetry Reading

April 26
7:00 pm

David Hinton will read from his forthcoming book of poems Desert and other work. Hinton is a writer and translator who has produced a body of work exploring the weave of consciousness and landscape informed throughout by the insights of ancient Chinese culture. Read More »

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