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November 2017

Agatha Christie: Creator of Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot

November 29
1:00 pm
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In this living history performance by Helene Lang, Ms. Christie tells you how a typewriter in Torguay spawned over 80 mysteries and created Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. Read More »

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VA Combat Veterans Book Group

November 29
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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This group will be led by Michael Heaney, retired history professor and Vietnam veteran, and David Szelowski, retired US Marine and VA employee. Pre-registration is required. Read More »

Mad Matt the Democrat

November 29
6:00 pm
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In this talk, Vincent Feeney discusses Matthew Lyon— indentured servant, Green Mountain Boy, son-in-law to Thomas Chittenden, land speculator, entrepreneur, and one of the most colorful characters in Vermont's early years. Read More »

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POP Goes History: What Coca Cola Tells Us about American History

November 29
7:00 pm
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The Coca Cola logo is recognized by 94% of the global population, making it the world’s most recognizable trademark. Both the logo and the product are so thoroughly identified with the United States that for many people Coke is the symbol of America. In this multimedia talk, Castleton professor Sanjukta Ghosh will explore three major themes about the brand's influence. Read More »

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December 2017

Hardwick Reads Brown Girl Dreaming

December 3
3:00 pm

Join a discussion of the 2017 Vermont Reads book, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Led by Kerrin McCadden, a poet and teacher from Montpelier. Read More »

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Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

December 5
7:00 pm
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Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. Amanda Kay Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society will provide background and share clips ranging chronologically from 1919’s Way Down East to 2005’s Thank You for Smoking. Read More »

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Reformation and Response: What Luther Did to Art

December 6
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines how the Reformation, driven by Martin Luther’s rejection of the establishment Church, brought into question the assumptions by which most Europeans had lived, and how this played out in the art of the time. Read More »

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Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

December 6
7:00 pm
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From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton's life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score. Read More »

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What We Learn When We Learn about History

December 6
7:00 pm
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Henry Ford famously said, “History is more or less bunk.” Author, historian, and professor Woden Teachout discusses why history does matter, exploring the intellectual skills and larger cultural understandings that come from studying the past. Read More »

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World War I and American Writers

December 6
7:00 pm
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Dartmouth professor Barbara Will discusses the effect of the war on American writers, particularly Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and T. S. Eliot, and explores how the war changed American literature and made it “modern.” Read More »

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