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February 2022

*DIGITAL*: Walt Whitman: American Poet

February 2
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
Walt Whitman with long beard, wearing a hat

Walt Whitman was a great poetic innovator, the poet who best sums up what it is to be an American, and his Song of Myself is the most majestic poem written in our nation. And yet, for all this, UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman finds Whitman to be wonderfully approachable. Read More »

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March 2022

*DIGITAL* “Rebel Music:” Afro-Caribbean Music and Political Thought

March 2
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
Musician Bob Marley holding a guitar and pointing skyward during a concert.

Middlebury College professor Kemi Fuentes-George traces the development of pan-African political theory in the early 20th century and discusses how Afro Caribbean “rebel music” helped these ideas challenge established assumptions about nonwhite people and global relations. (Registration required.) Read More »

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Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816

March 20
2:00 pm
Bennington Museum, Bennington
Image of Vermont field in winter

1816 has long been known as the year without summer. Vermonters still call it “1800 and Froze to Death,” a year of frosts every month, dark skies, and mysterious lights that caused a widespread belief that a higher power was displeased. In this talk, historian Howard Coffin includes scores of anecdotes on the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival. Read More »

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April 2022

Birding Her-story: The Lost Legacy of Women in Ornithology

April 6
7:00 pm
Young woman in green jacket pointing in the woods while holding binoculars

In this celebration of paying attention to female birds, “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler examines new scientific studies on female birds and shares stories of the “Mothers of Ornithology.” Read More »

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May 2022

“Vast Library of the Female Mind:” the Life and Poetry of Ruth Stone

Poet Ruth Stone in a black dress outside of a bungalow

Acclaimed Vermont poet Ruth Stone transformed her intense grief into poetry, using simple yet startling language. Nora Jacobson’s film “Vast Library of the Female Mind” provides an intimate look into Stone’s life and family. This screening will include panel discussion with Jacobson, former Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNiord, and a member of Ruth’s family. Read More »

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