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September 2020

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: When Reality Is Surreal, Only Fiction Can Make Sense of It

September 21
4:30 pm
Quechee Library, Quechee
Image of Suzanne Brown leading a book discussion

Through a collection of short fictional stories from New York Times Magazine's July 12 edition and two novels readers will explore the impact of pandemics. Read More »

*DIGITAL* How Did Germany’s Weimar Democracy Become the Third Reich?

September 21
6:00 pm
Image of rally in Germany

Defeated, humiliated, and in chaos, Germany after World War I was imperiled by leftist revolution and right-wing violence. Jack Mayer recounts the origins of the Third Reich through the story of Ernst Werner Techow. Read More »


*DIGITAL* Indian Wars of New England

September 21
7:00 pm
Image of colonial battle blockprint

Michael Tougias offers a slide lecture on the conflicts between New England's Native Americans and colonists. Tougias takes the audience on a historic journey from the Pilgrims' first arrival in New England to the closing days of the French and Indian War, as the colonists and Indians fought for control of New England. Read More »


*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson

September 22
7:00 pm

Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Informed Citizen, from Athens to Today

September 23
7:00 pm
The Parthenon in Athens, Greece

What does it mean to be an informed citizen? What, if anything, should we expect citizens to know before casting a ballot in an election? Melissa Schwartzberg will address these questions, with an eye toward the history of democracy, particularly in ancient Athens. Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Value of Our Stories

September 25
6:00 pm
Rajnii Eddins beside a brick wall

Each one of us has a story that is valuable. Poet Rajnii Eddins utilizes spoken word as a tool for engagement in conversations about race, culture, equity and the richness to be found in each of our stories. Read More »

*DIGITAL* My Brigadista Year: A Democratic Ideal Amidst a Movement

September 30
7:00 pm
Cover of "My Brigadista Year" book

Join us for a conversation between Katherine Paterson and Vermont Humanities Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup about Paterson's trips to Cuba and what compelled her to write about the Cuban literacy brigades of the early 1960s. Read More »

October 2020

*DIGITAL* A History of the Concept of Race

October 6
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 »


*DIGITAL* Merely Bystanders: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction

October 7
7:00 pm
Young woman with hands out in front of line of police

Amherst College psychology professor Catherine Sanderson examines the factors that lead most of us to stay silent in the face of bad behavior, and how this tendency to stay silent allows such acts to continue. Sanderson will provide practical strategies that we can all use to speak up and take action. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Opulence of Integrity: Dance and Muhammad Ali

October 7
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Muhammad Ali with a speed bag

Christal Brown’s original dance piece “The Opulence of Integrity” was inspired by the public life and inner searching of Muhammad Ali, boxing’s outspoken superstar. Brown discusses the making of the work and its relevance to our present moment. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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