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February 2022

*DIGITAL* My John Dewey Problem

February 2
7:00 pm
Portrait of John Dewey sitting in a chair, hand at his temple

What are the ways that John Dewey, America’s greatest democratic philosopher, still speaks to us—or fails to speak to us—at a moment of great peril for our democratic society and political institutions? UVM professor Bob Pepperman Taylor explores the relevance of Dewey’s political and educational ideas in the 21st century. Read More »

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March 2022

*DIGITAL* From Little Jerusalem to the Lost Mural: Preserving Jewish and Immigrant Heritage

March 2
7:00 pm
Construction staging in front of colorful Lost Mural painting

In 1885, a group of Lithuanian immigrants settled in Burlington’s Old North End, where they transplanted their religious traditions and culture. Archivists Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash describe the “Lost Mural,” a rare survivor of the lost genre of European painted synagogues, and tell the story of conserving the mural in Burlington. Read More »

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April 2022

*DIGITAL* Disability and the Poetry of Natural and Supernatural Worlds

April 6
7:00 pm
Young woman seated cross-legged in front of wall with wings painted on it

Four poets—Eli Clare, Judy Chalmer, Deborah Lisi-Baker, and Toby McNutt—reflect on the ways disabled poets write about natural and supernatural spaces. In this wide-ranging discussion, they consider how poetry invites us into an embodied experience, and how supernatural poetry can expand or question traditional understandings of the “natural.” Read More »

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May 2022

*DIGITAL* Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction and America’s National Parks

May 4
7:00 pm
River in Yosemite National Park

Central Park and Yosemite Valley became public parks during the tumultuous years before and during the Civil War. UVM historian and former National Park Service superintendent Rolf Diamant explains how anti-slavery activism, war, and the remaking of the federal government gave rise to the American public park and the very concept of national parks. Read More »

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October 2022

Vermont’s Historic Theater Curtains

October 15
7:00 pm
Image of theater curtain

Between 1880 and World War II, painted theater curtains were artistic features of most New England villages and towns. Christine Hadsel provides a glimpse into the world of talented and often sophisticated artists who were part of the rural cultural scene, illustrating the rich cultural history of small-town Vermont before World War I. Read More »

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