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October 2021

Silents Are Golden: A Celebration of Silent Cinema

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This is an entertaining and educational lecture is lavishly illustrated with clips from 100 silent film comedies and dramas from the 1920’s! It is a celebration of the art of physical acting seen through the lens of silent cinema. Rob Mermin’s sheds new light on the acting style of the silent era, while giving modern audiences a fresh look at what made the silent stars shine so brightly. This is Rob’s second lecture in his 3-part series to promote and preserve the traditional cultural history of silent film, circus, and mime. The show features many silent stars including: Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, and more! This talk is part of the Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest. The festival will also feature the annual Coolidge 5K run and the "I Do Not Choose to Run" 1 mile walk, barbecue, children's games, wagon rides and historic craft and farm demonstrations. Demonstrations include apple pressing, sheep shearing, cheese making. Read More »


*DIGITAL* History in Hot Water: Climate Change and the Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain

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Lake Champlain is home to hundreds of well-preserved shipwrecks that help tell the story of our region. But climate change is altering the lake’s underwater cultural heritage. Susan Evans McClure and Christopher Sabick from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum consider the impact of historical objects changing before our eyes. (Registration required.) Read More »

HYBRID: Quechee Library: America the Violent

October 19
4:30 pm
Quechee Library, Quechee

The United States is a nation defined by violence, sometimes heroic and sometimes monstrous. Through a combination of both fiction and non-fiction, this series explores the connection between mob violence and American culture, historically spurred often by racism. This series was developed by the Quechee Library. Read More »


November 2021

*DIGITAL* What Should We Do? The Civic Question, and How More Americans Can Ask It

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Americans are now less likely to belong to groups that ask of their communities, “What should we do?” This decline weakens our society and threatens our democracy. Tufts University professor and author Peter Levine reflects on how we can reverse the trend and revive civic life. (Registrations required.) Read More »


December 2021

*DIGITAL* Vermont Humor: “I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing”

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Author Bill Mares and cartoonist Don Hooper share drawings and tales that illustrate the understatement, comeuppance, and subtlety of Vermont humor. Enjoy this ramble through the decades as the pair show how Vermont’s true character shines in dry (and occasionally tables-turned) jokes and stories. (Registration required.) Read More »


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

December 8
6:00 pm
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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 »


January 2022

*DIGITAL* Sherlock Holmes: The Game’s Afoot

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Scholar Barry Deitz looks at the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He discusses the inspiration for Holmes and examines what other writers, actors, and directors have done with the character over the past 30 years. Read More »


February 2022

*DIGITAL* My John Dewey Problem

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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 »


March 2022

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

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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 »


April 2022

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

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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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