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February 2021

*DIGITAL* Slow Democracy and the Power of Neighborliness

February 3
7:00 pm
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Author and advocate Susan Clark explains the Slow Democracy movement in which ordinary people mobilize to find local solutions to local problems. In the process some find they can bridge the “us-them” divide so prevalent in our national politics. (Registration required.) Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Town that Food Saved by Ben Hewitt

February 9
6:00 pm
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This series explores how different authors and communities understand the multiple definitions and connotations of ecological sustainability. Read More »

March 2021

Roman Women

March 3
7:00 pm
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Some might expect that the lives of women in the Roman world revolved entirely around the family and domesticity. But Roman women owned property, ran businesses, and represented themselves in court. Middlebury classics professor Jane Chaplin discusses the place of women in the Roman world, the sources about them, and the values attached to them. Read More »

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Book Discussion: A Cafecito Story by Julia Alvarez

March 9
6:00 pm
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This series explores how different authors and communities understand the multiple definitions and connotations of ecological sustainability. Read More »

April 2021

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

April 6
6:00 pm
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The genre of graphic novels has flourished in recent years. The four highly acclaimed works in this series—three memoirs and one work of historical fiction (Berlin)—highlight the literary value and artistic merit in this growing medium. Read More »

US Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective

April 7
7:00 pm

It may seem that the current anxieties about immigration in the US have never been more intense, but history suggests otherwise. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright examines the present-day contradictions of US immigration policy and places them in historical perspective. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrap

April 20
6:00 pm
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The genre of graphic novels has flourished in recent years. The four highly acclaimed works in this series—three memoirs and one work of historical fiction (Berlin)—highlight the literary value and artistic merit in this growing medium. Read More »

May 2021

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Berlin, City of Stone by Jason Lutes

May 4
6:00 pm
Alison Bechdel cartoon

The genre of graphic novels has flourished in recent years. The four highly acclaimed works in this series—three memoirs and one work of historical fiction (Berlin)—highlight the literary value and artistic merit in this growing medium. Read More »

Domestic Soldiers: British Housewives and the Second World War

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How did British housewives experience the Second World War and contribute to the war effort? Saint Michael’s history professor Jen Purcell tells the stories of seven housewives from across Britain. They grappled with the challenges of wartime, navigated shifting relationships at home and in the community, and struggled to be recognized for their efforts. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

May 18
6:00 pm
Alison Bechdel cartoon

The genre of graphic novels has flourished in recent years. The four highly acclaimed works in this series—three memoirs and one work of historical fiction (Berlin)—highlight the literary value and artistic merit in this growing medium. Read More »

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