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June 2021

Must Free Speech Endure Hate Speech?

June 29
7:00 pm
Worthen Library, South Hero

The First Amendment prevents Congress from passing any laws that abridge the freedom of speech. But what does that actually mean? In this presentation, professor Meg Mott considers the history of speech laws in the United States, how states and municipalities have tried to curb offensive speech, and how the Supreme Court has ruled on those efforts. Read More »

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July 2021

Breeding Radicals: The Importation, Refinement, and Exportation of Social Conflict in Early Vermont (1761 – 1861)

July 7
6:00 pm
Worthen Library, South Hero

Present-day Vermont has a reputation for offering a peaceful break from the hectic stress of discord elsewhere. However, Vermont’s history doesn’t align with this perception. In this lecture, Philip Crossman looks at the turmoil of early Vermont and examines how political, cultural, religious, and personal contentions were imported from older colonies, modified in Vermont, and then exported elsewhere. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Under the Sea Wind by Rachel Carson

July 7
7:00 pm
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These authors strike a variety of provocative and poignant environmental notes—haunting, satirical, delicate, mysterious, hopeful, wise—as they look with fresh eyes at the age-old question of how to live in harmony with nature. Read More »

Of Wheelmen, the New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920

July 17
11:00 am
Worthen Library, South Hero
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In this lecture, UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, a new invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1880s. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan

July 21
7:00 pm
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These authors strike a variety of provocative and poignant environmental notes—haunting, satirical, delicate, mysterious, hopeful, wise—as they look with fresh eyes at the age-old question of how to live in harmony with nature. Read More »

Words in the Woods with Verandah Porche

July 24
11:00 am
Poet Verandah Porche in a red top and orange pants pointing at "one love" graffiti on a waterfront wall

In this live presentation, poet Verandah Porche leads an in-person visit to Knight Point State Park in North Hero, Vermont. Read More »

From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

July 24
7:00 pm
Suffragette standing before a banner

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Read More »

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Vermont Women and the Civil War

July 25
2:00 pm
Bridgewater Grange Hall, Bridgewater Corners
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“Vermont women enlisted for the duration.” So said a Vermont historian assessing the war years 1861-1865. Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state's military hospitals, and more. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Hunting for Hope: A Father’s Journey by Scott Russell Sanders

July 28
7:00 pm
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These authors strike a variety of provocative and poignant environmental notes—haunting, satirical, delicate, mysterious, hopeful, wise—as they look with fresh eyes at the age-old question of how to live in harmony with nature. Read More »

August 2021

Book Discussion: A Friend of the Earth by T.C. Boyle

August 4
7:00 pm
Image of Earth seen from space

These authors strike a variety of provocative and poignant environmental notes—haunting, satirical, delicate, mysterious, hopeful, wise—as they look with fresh eyes at the age-old question of how to live in harmony with nature. Read More »

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