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January 2017

Vermont Nepali Program Open House

January 28
11:30 am
St. Joseph’s School, Burlington

Come learn about Nepali language and culture—enjoy traditional foods, listen to folk music, and learn about Nepali family structures and names. Read More »


Book Discussion: As Long as There are Mountains by Natalie Kinsey Warnock

January 29
1:00 pm

This series explores titles that have earned the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, created in 1957 to honor excellence in children's literature. Read More »

Book Discussion: Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World by Alan Weisman

January 30
7:30 pm

This series explores how different authors and communities understand the multiple definitions and connotations of ecological sustainability and try to make it work in the world. Read More »

Book Discussion: A Bell for Adano by John Hersey

January 31
10:00 am

Despite often being assigned to young adults, the Pulitzer-winning titles in this series explore decidedly adult themes about relationships, war, and the human condition. Read More »

February 2017

Building Monticello

February 1
7:00 pm
Image of Monticello

Jefferson never knew the Monticello of today—in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Dartmouth College senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay in architecture.” Read More »


The Wyeths: First Family of American Art

February 1
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of N.C. Wyeth in his studio

Shelburne Museum director Thomas Denenberg discusses the Wyeths—N. C. (1882–1945), Andrew (1917–2009), and Jamie (b. 1946)—and offers new perspectives on these three painters who have shaped the way Americans view their world. Read More »


All About Eve

February 1
7:00 pm
Image of painting of Eve

Dartmouth professor of religion Susan Ackerman considers both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Adam and Eve story and how recent scholarship on women and the Bible pushes us to rethink our common assumptions about Eve. Read More »


The Invention of History

February 1
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury

We take history for granted, but it owes its inception and survival to two extraordinary individuals. Middlebury College professor Jane Chaplin looks at the contributions of Herodotus (ca. 484-424) and Thucydides (ca. 455-400) to the development of historiography. Read More »


Vincent Van Gogh: What Influenced Him, and His Influence on Art

February 1
7:00 pm
Image of Van Gogh self-portrait

Art historian Carol Berry considers the experiences, painters, and authors that influenced Van Gogh’s work, and looks at his influence on twentieth-century artists. Read More »


Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American

Professor of English and African American Studies at Harvard John Stauffer shares excerpts and images from his new book Picturing Frederick Douglass, presenting Douglass as a pioneer in photography, both as a stately subject and prescient theorist who understood the power of the nascent art form. Read More »

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