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November 2020

*DIGITAL* A History of the Concept of Race

November 29
7:00 pm
Image of multiple faces combined

The first European to divide the peoples of the world into distinct races, in the seventeenth century, claimed that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia were one of four races on earth. Professor William Edelglass will trace the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today. Read More »

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December 2020

*DIGITAL*: Racism in America Forum: Growing Up Black in Rural Vermont

December 1
7:00 pm
Young African American man seen in profile

Moderated by Reverend Arnold Isidore Thomas, this month's forum Growing Up Black in Vermont features a panel of African American students from Mount Mansfield Union High School, Woodstock Union High School, and Randolph Union High School, who will share their experiences. Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk

December 2
7:00 pm

Historian Damian Costello explores the life of the man behind the famous book Black Elk Speaks. Nicholas Black Elk’s Lakota philosophy can help us see the natural world as a unified whole, and his continued hope amidst great tragedy can inform how we approach contemporary crises. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* After “Migrant Mother:” The Promise and Peril of the First Green New Deal

December 2
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Two men walking through hay field with scythes

The Farm Security Administration helped rural Americans improve their lives through small loans and improved farm practices during the Great Depression. Middlebury professor Kathryn Morse explores the program's successes and failures. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre: The Making of a Graphic Biography

December 2
7:00 pm
Glynnis Fawkes drawing of the Bronte sisters

Cartoonist Glynnis Fawkes explains the research and design processes she followed to create her graphic biography, Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre. Focusing on two segments of the biography, she illuminates moments in Brontë’s life that were key to her literary success. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Friends with Academic Benefits: How College Friendship Networks Matter

December 2
7:00 pm
Three young people at table with laptop

For her book "Connecting in College," Dartmouth professor Janice McCabe examined 82 students’ friendships over five years. Challenging views of friendships as either helping or harming, McCabe will show how and for whom friends help and hinder. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The United States and the World in 2021

December 2
7:00 pm
People in UN room around circular table

Whether under a second Trump administration or a new Democratic-led administration, the United States will face multiple national security issues in 2021. Stan Sloan considers our country’s relationship with allies and adversaries, as well as the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Martin Luther King: Dare to Dream

December 2
7:00 pm

Actor David Mills portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surmounting his early uncertainties and transforming into a world-renowned civil rights icon. Be reawakened and elevated with highlights from Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “I Have a Dream,” and “Promised Land.” (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Martin Luther King: Dare to Dream

Actor David Mills portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surmounting his early uncertainties and transforming into a world-renowned civil rights icon. Be reawakened and elevated with highlights from Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “I Have a Dream,” and “Promised Land.” (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Celebrating E. B. White

December 2
7:00 pm
Young girl reading EB White's Charlotte's Web

From Charlotte’s Web to his exquisite essays in The New Yorker, E.B. White remains the master’s master of elegant prose, sophisticated wit, and graceful irreverence. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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