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December 2020

*DIGITAL* Environment and Race: The Hidden Connections

December 2
7:00 pm
Protesters marching with "Honor Treaty Rights" banner

Middlebury professor Kemi Fuentes-George draws from national and global cases to describe how racism shapes—and is shaped— by environmental management in areas like conservation, waste management, and climate change, and highlights ways towards a more just environmentalism. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »


January 2021

Making Rumble Strip in My Closet

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm

Erica Heilman’s podcast Rumble Strip covers a range of Vermont-related topics, from mental health, hunger, and homelessness to deer hunting, cheerleading, and donut shops. In this talk, Heilman discusses the interview process and shares stories from her podcast, which she describes as “extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. Or that’s the goal.” Read More »


February 2021

Orozco’s American Epic

February 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Detail of mural by Jose Clemente Orozco

"The Epic of American Civilization" is a 24-panel mural painted by Jose Clemente Orozco at Dartmouth College between 1932 and 1934. Mary Coffey, Dartmouth professor and the author of "Orozco's American Epic: Myth, History, and the Melancholy of Race," explores one of the Mexican muralist’s greatest works. Read More »


March 2021

Lowest White Boy: On the Hidden Forces of American Racism

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Boy with American flag beside car with graffiti

Lyndon Johnson once observed, “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket.” UVM English professor Greg Bottoms discusses his memoir, "Lowest White Boy," which explores the powerful historical, cultural, social, and political forces behind white supremacy. Read More »


April 2021

How China Became Buddhist and Buddhism Became Chinese

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm
Buddhist monk creating sand painting

Chinese society never became exclusively Buddhist, but other religious traditions had to respond as Buddhist ideas, practices, and institutions permeated the country. Middlebury religion professor Elizabeth Morrison discusses how the Buddhist tradition came to China, how it was received, and the distinctive Chinese forms of Buddhism that emerged. Read More »


May 2021

Einstein in a Nutshell

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
Image of Albert Einstein

Einstein’s most famous contribution to science—his theory of relativity—is based on an idea so simple it can be stated in one sentence. Yet from that simple idea, explains Middlebury professor Richard Wolfson, follow conclusions that have revolutionized our notions of space, time, and causality. Read More »

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