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September 2021

Adventures in Mime: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau

September 30
6:30 pm
Image of The Silent Language of the Soul: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau

Twentieth-century mime master Marcel Marceau advanced the art of the ancient Greco-Roman mime storytellers, the improvisational actors of the Commedia dell’Arte, and the pantomime of Charlie Chaplin. in this presentation, Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin will explore the metaphors of mime technique—what Marceau called “the silent language of the soul”—and discuss Marceau’s particular influence on the world’s cultural history. Read More »

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October 2021

*DIGITAL* All The Imagination Can Hold: The Other Side(s) Of Quincy Jones

October 6
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Composer Quincy Jones gesturing while leading an orchestra

While Quincy Jones may be best known as a record producer for superstars like Michael Jackson, jazz archivist and poet Reuben Jackson highlights Jones’ work as a film composer, a Big Band arranger, and a collaborator with legendary vocalists like Sarah Vaughan. (Registration required.) Read More »

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Vermont International Film Festival

October 8 – October 17
Hand holding ticket to Vermont International Film Festival

VTIFF's annual film festival of curated independent films from around the world and the USA, including screenings, filmmaker talks, Q&As, community conversation opportunities. Immerse yourself in a wide range of films from a multitude of cultures. Read More »

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The Legacy of Racism

October 11
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

October 11
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 »

The Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era

October 12
6:30 pm

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston, author of the recently published "Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era," explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. There were several fascinating stories in the Green Mountains, including a high-profile academic firing, a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, and some veteran newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics. Read More »

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Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

October 20
6:45 pm
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Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter. By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. Read More »

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November 2021

From Homebrew to the House of Fermentology

November 3
6:00 pm
Bill Mares and friend with beer

Bill Mares began making his own beer 45 years ago, when home brewing was illegal and there were no microbreweries in America. In this presentation, he offers a short history of beer itself and discusses Vermont’s small but significant contribution to the American beer revolution. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Why We Eat What We Eat at Thanksgiving

November 3
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Thanksgiving turkey on table with other traditional holiday foods

How did America’s most iconic food holiday come to include green bean casserole? What did the Wampanoag people and the Pilgrims really eat in 1621? Susan Evans McClure, executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, serves up the story of Thanksgiving foods and how they help us understand our American identity. (Registration required.) Read More »

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The Legacy of Racism

November 15
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 »

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