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February 2022

*DIGITAL* Vermont Hairwork: Connecting Past and Present

February 2
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Woman in black and white photo touching her hair and looking down

19th century Americans often saved or exchanged locks of hair, constructing jewelry or keepsake wreaths of their kinship networks. In more recent decades, hair has become a powerful political medium. Middlebury professor Ellery Foutch shares the research about hair-based works in local collections and explores the meanings of hair in American culture, past and present. Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

February 21
4:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

February 21
7:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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March 2022

(Un)Common Spaces

March 2
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Diverse group of young marchers in city with "All Power to the People" banner

People gather in public spaces for many reasons, including expressing pride in their community, celebrating major milestones, and protesting. Jay Wahl, executive director of the Flynn, considers how the arts can rewrite the cultural memory of public spaces and help overcome barriers of access and equity. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina

March 21
4:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Out of this Furnace by Thomas Bell

March 21
7:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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April 2022

Vermont Reads: We Contain Multitudes

April 13
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
We Contain Multitudes book cover with Vermont Reads 2021 logo

Author and professor Sarah Henstra visits Vermont to discuss her novel in letters, We Contain Multitudes. Our Vermont Reads 2021 choice tells how two very different teenage boys fall in love after being paired as pen pals. While it touches on domestic violence, bullying, and opioid addiction, the novel is also a beautiful story of friendship. Read More »

Book Discussion: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

April 18
4:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

April 18
7:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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May 2022

The Power of Persuasion

May 4
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Young man gesturing during meeting while seated at a table

Members of Dartmouth’s National Championship policy debate team and director John Cameron Hart discuss the role of research and persuasion in a liberal arts education. They’ll describe how students explore topics related to our responsibilities as informed citizens and delve into how rhetoric intersects with the humanities and social sciences. Read More »

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