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December 2021

A Journalist’s “Unique Corner” on Vermont History

December 1
7:00 pm
State history marker: Vermont Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Moats has covered Vermont news for more than 45 years. In this talk, he shares up-close experiences and broad observations of the historical trends that have shaped the state for the past half-century. Read More »

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Responsible Investing: One Tool in the Toolbox to Fight Climate Change

December 1
7:00 pm
Stop light sign partly submerged in water

We need to use every means at our disposal to alter the current trajectory of climate change and stave off the most devastating effects of a warming planet. Financial services professional Joy Facos explains that responsible investing—along with innovation, creativity, compassion, and hope—can serve as an effective instrument of change. Read More »

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400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

Image of old postcard of the Connecticut River

New England's longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history. Michael Tougias, author of fourteen books about New England, offers a narrated slide presentation that takes the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river, discussing history from the days of loggers, Indian Wars, steamships, and canals. Read More »

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The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

December 8
6:00 pm
Springfield Town Hall, Springfield
Image of woman with bunch of mint

In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont. Author Yvonne Daley discusses this interesting time in Vermont’s history and its impact today. Read More »

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The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

December 8
6:00 pm
Springfield Town Hall, Springfield
Image of woman with bunch of mint

In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont. Author Yvonne Daley discusses this interesting time in Vermont’s history and its impact today. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

December 12
1:30 pm
Image of author Jhumpa Lahiri

This series features contemporary, multicultural female voices. In novels and short stories, these foreign-born American writers celebrate the diversity of their dual heritages. Read More »

The Legacy of Racism

December 13
4:00 pm

This series features recent Pulitzer-Prize winning works that consider the American legacy of racism through four genres. Created as a part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, a special grant funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, which seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. Read More »

The Legacy of Racism

December 13
7:00 pm

This series features recent Pulitzer-Prize winning works that consider the American legacy of racism through four genres. Created as a part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, a special grant funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, which seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. Read More »

January 2022

The Ethics of Vermont Eugenics: Past and Present

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Anti-eugenics tapestry with tree

In the name of “human betterment” a century ago, public institutions and private organizations in Vermont chose some of the state’s most marginalized persons for institutionalization, sterilization, and family separation. Harvard Medical School lecturer Charlene Galarneau explores the factors that led to Vermont’s distinct expression of eugenics, and its continuing legacies today. Read More »

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From Rembrandt to Vincent Van Gogh and Beyond

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Rembrandt self-portrait painting

Author and artist Carol Berry describes how Rembrandt, Delacroix, Millet and other artists inspired Vincent Van Gogh to develop a personal and universal language that ultimately resonated with 20th century artists. Read More »

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